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2024

  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 01/25

    February 14th, 2024

    I’m awake waiting for the clock to come around to 4 a.m. The Holiday Inn Express in Sacramento is quiet but soon the marathoners will be switching the coffee makers on for their first cup of java of the day.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 02/25

    February 21st, 2024

    Now all I had to do was return to Cochrane and find us a home. Eventually I found the perfect place, next to the Bow River, with a red-rock path near the backyard, perfect for running. In the meantime, my next.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 03/1-2

    February 28th, 2024

    In early February 2009, after returning from another 30 km around Middle Lake, I checked my email and found a message from an old friend, Michael. He and I had worked together at the Con gold mine.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 03/2-2

    March 6th, 2024

    2015 started off full of promise. The Quests were done and I was starting on my professional speaking career. My first engagement was in late February in Winnipeg at the Recreation Connections Manitoba.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 05/25

    March 12th, 2024

    Things were busy at the start of 2017. The 7th Annual Run/Walk fundraiser had gone well and this time we were supporting Free to Run in their efforts to introduce figure skating to the Afghan women.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 05/25

    March 20th, 2024

    Although my first official experience of running as a sport was at the age of 6, I didn’t really begin to take it seriously as anything more than a convenient means of transport until I was 10......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 07/25

    March 27th, 2024

    Around the time that orienteering was fading, climbing was becoming my obsession. It started out initially like many pursuits for me, as a purely competitive endeavour. My school friend Rhys......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 08/25

    April 3rd, 2024

    During my time at university and my time experimenting with training methods I had also had my first taste of coaching and helping others. The truth was that the culture around me, at that......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 08/25

    April 10th, 2024

    In 2013 and 2014, a significant shift had occurred in the running technology game. Body-mounted sensors had evolved and were now starting to get smart and deliver some very interesting insights......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    April 17th, 2024

    I think in these times we live in media has a huge impact on us, and particularly in the area of age and ageism. We’re told how to act when we’re kids, teenagers, millennials, middle-aged......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    April 24th, 2024

    The trip to Cuba had been amazing. However, I knew there were issues with my ankle. My first stop was Dr. Hanlon. How much damage had I caused with the hockey accident? Bill told me that I had......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    May 1st, 2024

    This was a good example of three people working together: the coach, the doctor and the athlete. When a runner is injured, professional medical advice should supersede the coach’s and help......

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    May 8th, 2024

    I was back running, but it was on the treadmill, as it was still too icy to run on Cochrane pathways and I didn’t want to take any chances. At a regular Wednesday session in early April.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    May 15th, 2024

    The Wednesday before the Sporting Life 10K Malc and I talked strategy. My plan was to “Do a good warm-up and run how I feel.” The course was a point-to-point and net downhill. Malc told me to.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    May 22nd, 2024

    I explained to Malc that leading up to the race, I wanted to stay relaxed and just do a couple of easy runs. Malc told me to keep to that and maybe do one run that’s a bit quicker, but not too long, no longer.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    May 29th, 2024

    I’m sitting in Frankfurt airport after a nine-hour flight from Calgary. I have a nine-hour layover before my flight to Istanbul, so lots of time to catch up on my journal. Where do I begin? Well, since my first.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    June 5th, 2024

    It was 3 a.m. and I was awake. I was thinking about the news Taylor had given me at supper. Zainab would not be running this year’s race. She had been given a new role at Skateistan and was too busy. I was very.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    June 12th, 2024

    I explained to Malc that leading up to the race, I wanted to stay relaxed and just do a couple of easy runs. Malc told me to keep to that and maybe do one run that’s a bit quicker, but not too long, no longer.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    June 19th, 2024

    The next day I headed off. My flight left Calgary at 6:20 a.m. and went via Vancouver to Sacramento. Malc was coming in at 1 p.m. on Saturday so I spent Friday afternoon and evening relaxing at the.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    June 26th, 2024

    The struggles of the past year just melted away. The injuries had been major obstacles to overcome but with the help of Malc and Evan the journey had continued. As an older athlete I know that there.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    July 3rd, 2024

    In 2011 I joined the Rotary Club of Cochrane. I had been to a number of meetings the year before and the motto of the organization, “Service above Self,” really resonated with me. Since joining.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    July 10th, 2024

    On September 18, 2019, Kate and I received an email that would change the course of The Secret 3K events in the future: I am delighted to say that the Girl Guides of Canada would be delighted to be the.....

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  • Martin Parnell The Ageless Athlete Blog Post 09/25

    July 17th, 2024

    They put me in the Jeep and drove directly to Urgent Care in Cochrane. Within two minutes I was in a bed and 20 minutes later the ambulance was on its way to the Stroke Unit at Foothills.....

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