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Established in January of 2022. I’m really looking forward to sharing my journey through life with you. I joke that I’ve spent a semester doing almost anything — And I have! I’ll share my adventures with running & fitness, sobriety, meditation, my favorite things in life, product reviews, tips and tricks and everything in between. Join me as I share my life with you!

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Are you making healthy choices in your daily life?

Healthy Living Guide I have created a healthy living guide for your benefit. It is my first free download. It’s yours…for free! All you have to do is provide your first name and email address on the landing form and I’ll send you the 10-page PDF document. This is the first of many releases of content that I will be providing to you over the next six months in combination with publishing my book this September. Why a Healthy Living Guide? I want to provide you with a great guide that provides you with information to make healthier choices in your life. Five different areas of healthy living are included: regular physical activity, balanced and nutritious diet, adequate sleep, stress management and avoiding harmful substances. I did a lot of research on the Canadian standards on these categories. Most of the Canadian guidelines can be applied across the world, but be sure to check your government’s guidelines if you have any questions. Why should you download my free guideline? First off, did I mention it’s free. What do you have to lose? I hope that the guidelines are a good overview for you of what a healthier life might look

Dennis on the Run – Book Waitlist Club!

Book Waitlist Club! It is happening. My planned release date for my book is September 27, 2024. That is less than four months away! I decided to kick off a book waitlist club. I know it’s a little early, but I plan to give you inside access into my last four months of preparation. You’ll get access to information like: How did I select my title? How did I build my cover? Am I planning to roll out with any companion notebooks or journals? Will I have any launch parties for the public? And more!! Want to know how my title changed from ‘Dennis on the Run – A Sobering Journey of Lasting Change’ to ‘Dennis on the Run – A Men’s Survival Guide to Lasting Change’? If it changes again, do you want to know why? You will need to join my book waitlist club. This information will not be published on my regular blog. This is inside access to my process and thinking! I will be sending you a bi-weekly update email with details on the final days of my writing journey as an author. I will also be offering my book waitlist club access to Dennis on the

You are not alone

You are not alone. Trigger Warning – I am opening this blog with the serious topic of suicide.  The rest of my blog will discuss my Calgary Marathon. You can click here if you prefer to skip this first section. But I believe the message needs to be told and heard.  Another suicide was in the news this week. This time it was a golfer. This makes my message so important. Grayson Murry this week took his own life after withdrawing from a PGA tournament. According to Global News, he was open about his struggles with mental health and alcoholism. I’m so sorry for Grayson, and his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with them. According to Movember, globally, on average, 1 man dies by suicide every minute of every day. The rate of male suicide is alarmingly high: in Canada, 3 out of 4 suicides are by men. We can’t sit back and accept this. My struggles on the road of the Calgary Marathon, by myself, are eerily similar to those that face mental health issues alone. Wow! But that hits home big time! Although, I have rarely if ever had thoughts about suicide, I often wonder

How bad do you want it?

How bad do you want it? I know I promised you content related to my disintegrating concrete driveway but I lost track of time and realized that I am running a marathon on Sunday! Sunday…! Mental toughness…is tough! I consider “How bad do you want it? Mastering the psychology of mind over muscle.” by Matt Fitzgerald as one of my top go to books and mantras when I need to be motivated. Let me tell you why. Eleven months ago, I was really struggling mentally with two things: Top on my list was my inability to enjoy golf. I was stuck in a pattern of high expectations on low scoring based on my increased time spent practicing and playing golf. The second thing I was struggling with was my road cycling training. Golf Golf was not any fun for me in the early summer of 2023. Just like the start of every hockey season with the Oilers, I was excited about golf last year and claimed “This is the year that I finally shoot lower scores”. SIDE NOTE: When this comes out, the Oilers will be in the conference finals or done for the season and on the golf course

The Plum Tree – Resiliency Update

My original blog post called “I am the tree. The Tree is me.” was published on June 15, 2023. That is eleven months ago. One of the key concepts in that blog post was mental resiliency. You can find that post here: In short, my new little plum tree almost died during a vicious wind storm and I woke up one morning to find her bent over nearly touching the ground. I was crushed and started balling because this was just another adverse situation to add to my current load and I felt I was maxed. My resiliency was tapped out. I have been thinking about my tree a ton lately. Would my poor little tree survive our harsh and dry winter? Would I be buying a new tree and starting over this year? She looked awfully small and sparse all winter. Like…Charlie Brown Christmas Tree sparse. Frankly, I am not sure that I could have handled her dying this spring.  It has been a fairly rough spring for me. I have been sick since the beginning of April. My life has been on hold. I am mentally beaten. I have been sick since April 3. Six long weeks. I’ve

Mental Health Week – Announcements

Mental Health Week – May 6-12 – Compassion According to, the Canadian Government website, this week is mental health week and this year’s theme is Healing Through Compassion because #CompassionConnects. It was not planned but it is good timing to make a couple of announcements for Dennis on the Run. One bad, one great and one awesome. And in the spirit of #CompassionConnects, I will connect each announcement with compassion!! You will be hearing about self-compassion today as I tie Mental Health Week into my first announcements blog on the new site. says this:  Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with your failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect? I couldn’t say it better myself. And with that, let’s get to the blog! Still Sick Yes, I am still sick. I am sick of being sick. And I am sick of telling people I am sick. I am really sick of feeling sorry for myself. I have been to the doctor twice now. Seems like my first sinus infection never cleared and game back to haunt me late

Next Steps for Dennis on the Run

I have been sick since early April. It has not been fun. It started with a chest cold, that turned into a sinus cold that turned into a sinus infection. I have been coughing the entire month. My core and ribs are sore from coughing. My nose is raw and peeling from blowing into a Kleenex so much. I am living on Advil, Halls and Ginger Ale. Being sick reminded me what my lungs felt like when I was a smoker. Tight and constricted and dependent on Ventolin (asthma medication) for breathing. Being sick also reminded me what I felt like in the mornings after a night of drinking…major headache, dry/itchy throat, a build up of mucus in my throat and an upset tummy. On the other hand, I am very thankful for modern medicine. I am grateful for a workplace that encourages wellness and does not judge you for being sick. And I am reminded of my successes and happiness of quitting cigarettes (20+ years & counting) and alcohol (3 years & counting). Being really sick definitely highlights living one day at a time. I literally could not look forward or make future plans. In fact, I cancelled a

I didn’t know

“I didn’t know.” “I wish I knew you were struggling.” “I did not realize your pain (…) and I wish I could have been more supportive.” These are common things I have heard since sharing my drinking problems in Run For Your Life. People did not know that I was suffering. I was successful at hiding it because I was ashamed and embarrassed. My own actions to hide my addiction and problem likely resulted me in suffering for years more than I had to. And once you start hiding your problem from other people, your brain starts hiding it from yourself. You start to justify your problem. And then the “incident” happened and I hit the proverbial “rock bottom”. That is why I wrote a chapter in Run For Your Life – Lessons Learned From Going the Distance. Get your copy today! Just click on the book below! That is why I am writing Dennis on the Run and sharing my story! There are other people out there suffering and in pain. And they do not know what to do. Instead of taking a step forward towards making a healthier change in their life, they stick with the status quo.

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