Sunday, September 27, 2009


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RUNNING DIARIES are a great way to keep track of your workouts, physical stats, performance improvements/setbacks, racing times, emotions, the weather, what you had to eat that day etc. etc. etc. Sometimes you might even forget that your coach is reading this very personal information.
There are many on-line websites that provide these sports specific Diaries/Journals/Logs.
URG uses Training Peaks . What do you use?
Aaron and Derrick use Attack Point .

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Sent In By You.......Sara!
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Thanks Sara for sending in your "URG" idea. Does this scene look familiar?
We all have our own ways of unwinding from a long work week or stressful studies.
I know I enjoy my DAY OFF when I can. A nice slow meandering walk seems to do me good. How about you?
E-mail your "URGs" to with the subject line "Sent In By You".

Please note the new "Reactions" check boxes below each post just added today. If you have time to go through the older posts and check off the appropriate box that would be much appreciated. Thanks EJ

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Honestly guys, don't you just hate it when that happens? Or NOT!
Note: this is Evan's(Alaskan Assassin) PRIZE EPISODE for WINNING URG'S TOP 20 CONTEST!

Friday, September 18, 2009


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The longer the race the longer the AFTERGLOW!?
URG should be GLOWING for sometime yet: )

"Post Race Euphoria" is a beautiful thing and is perhaps even the reason
many runners continue to train and race. It is a mighty strong feeling to
be basking in the light of your accomplishment as all the hours of training
and the sacrifices you made towards your goal are gloriously justified.

Monday, September 14, 2009


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URGIT(URG In Training) turns to race veteran URG in search of an answer to the eternal question,
Note: I want to thank Evan for his recent Blog asking this same question which reminded me of this
little unfinished sketch I had in a pile of other unfinished sketches.
And no Evan is not URGIT and this is not Evan's "PRIZE" episode. That will be next week!
Aaron is URGIT. BTW URGIT, how are those "TROPHIES" today?
Here is a link to my Blog about "MY TROPHIES"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Sent In By You....Derrick!
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Thanks to Derrick for giving us a glimps at what can happen to an Ultra Runner at night in the woods.
Derrick is competing in The Haliburton Forest Trail Race 100 miler as I post this. He is probably at mile 85 right about now. I pitty poor David his pacer if Derrick is anything like his depiction of URG in this comic. Good Luck Derrick, only a few more miles and you'll be at the FINISH LINE.
Also competing at Haliburton today was Keith in the 100, JD in the 50 miler and Aaron, Ron and Sara in the 50km. I hope you all had great runs and I can't wait to read all of your race reports. I will add links to everyones reports as they come in!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Toilet Paper In Your Pocket!!

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A HUGE Congratulations to Evan for submitting the
Evan will also be featured in an upcoming URG Episode
(if he wants to or not) so stay tuned for that as it is going to be a GOOD one.
Thanks again to everyone who participated, it was SOOOOOOOOOO much FUN!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


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Warning: DO NOT attempt to try this at home: )

A BIG Congratulations to Bryon!
 Bryon's entry WIN's the #2 Spot in URG's Top 20 Contest!

Monday, September 7, 2009


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Congratulations to Ron for capturing the
 #3 SPOT on our TOP 20 CONTEST!
I liked his answer because even though it was longer then some of the short and sweet entries I received it had a nice build up to a great punch line.
#3. When your work schedule changes and the first you do is, request vacation time to cover planned races,
next you see what other races you can attend and then you tell your wife you don't have enough vacation time booked to attend the Cousins Wedding! Ron

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Top 20 Signs Your Are Training (Too) Hard for Your Next Ultra - WINNERS!!

Firstly thank-you to everyone who entered URG's First Contest "Top 20 Signs You Are Training (Too) Hard For Your Next Ultra". There were so many funny entries and it was hard to choose just 3 to add to the "Top 10" list so ultimately I decided to change it into a "TOP 20" contest. Well that didn't make my life any easier because now I had 13 winning entries to determine instead of just 3.

So without further ado the winners are......... in no particular order................just kidding-

Top 20 Signs You are Training
(Too) Hard for Your Next Ultra
#20. you leave drop bags beside your bed for late night snacks. Derrick
Note: Thanks to Derrick who sent me this line as an idea for an "URG".
I thought it sounded like the start of a Great TOP 10 List.

19. you find yourself asking strangers in the grocery store to pace you through the frozen food section.

18. you insist your family uses headlamp light exclusively after Dusk.

17. your dog thinks it is so cute the way your feet and arms move when you sleep.

16. you've used your new altimeter watch to chart the elevation climb from the basement to the living room to the bedroom and have set a PR on the course...3x's

15. you wake your spouse up every night shouting "GU, more GU, I need more GU"

14. 3 days before the race you try to convince yourself that a quick little 50 km run couldn't hurt and might actually loosen things up.
#13. you swear your trying really hard but you just can't come up with an entry for this Top 20 List. David
#12. your friends and family stage a running intervention...before you get outed at like DK . Sara & EJ

#11. you wax your chest hair to improve the signal of your heart rate monitor. JD 

#10. you start getting really tired of eating all the time. Sara

#9. your mother is trying to figure out what she was eating while pregnant to have such a crazy kid(s). Anonymous

#8. you set 3 alarms for your race and wake-up before any of them go off. Ron

#7. when your coach tells you the 3 Day Rock and Ice Ultra is a good idea and you agree with him! :)

#6. You refuse to buy the latest Garmin GPS watch because the battery life is ONLY 20 hours; JD

#5. you spend more time getting your gear ready for a long run then getting ready for a wedding, including your own. Derrick & Sara

#4. you don't think of yourself as behind schedule until you've seen the 2nd sunrise. Lakewood

#3. When your work schedule changes and the first you do is, request vacation time to cover planned races,
next you see what other races you can attend and then you tell your wife you don't have enough vacation time booked to attend the Cousins Wedding! Ron

#2. you realize that SLEEP is cutting into your RUNNING time!! Bryon

#1. you never leave the house without a piece of toilet paper in your pocket!! Evan

Thank-you again to everyone who entered or who thought about entering or who meant to enter but never got around to it. I hope we can all get together and do this again sometime.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sent In By You - Private URG

Sent In By YOU.......JD!!
Thanks to JD for sending us this "URG".

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Another version of JD's URG with a slightly different PUNCH LINE.
Getting the punch line just right can be very challenging. Some comics lend themselves to
multiple punchlines which can be fun but also frustrating not knowing which one to go with.
What I liked about JD's comic was how simple it was which is very hard to do.

Think you have an "URG" inside of you trying to get out.
Well don't just leave him in there, let him out for some fresh air and running room.
Send me your BEST URG ideas for our NEW ongoing series called "SENT IN BY YOU".
You may send your idea as text, a draft drawing to be redrawn or a finished drawing.
E-mail your "URGs" to with the subject line "Sent In By You".

URG's "Top Ten Contest" is still going until this Saturday Sept. 5th.
Check out the details in below...