Stewart Gunyon Guitar

Going the Distance

Stewart Gunyon is a husband and father of two active teenage girls. Professionally he has been an Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy for the last 25 years. Recent accomplishments in sports include two 50k Ultramarathons and a smattering of shorter distances, as well as a couple of years in Adventure Racing and Cross Country skiing. He plays bass guitar to top it all off.

When did you know you wanted something different? My whole life I have enjoyed doing weird things, I ran a marathon in 1979 at 17 years old. I have a University degree in Fine Arts, specialty was dance. I have done marathons in Cross Country skiing. I like Adventure Racing (not really a mainstream sport!) and now UltraRunning.

What keeps you motivated? Knowing that if I stop I’ll grow “old.” My body will fall apart!

How did you get started? When we moved to the suburbs in my teens I joined Track to make friends…that was ground zero!

How has your life changed since you decided you wanted something different? I’m fitter at 55 than I have been in years and I do things I never would have imagined. I have learned how daily discipline can influence long term outcomes.

Tell me about your nutrition. I try to eat more fresh food than processed, quality meats and fish and veggies. I go easy on booze and sweets and fruit. Hard to avoid a fun trip to McDonald’s with my daughters though. It’s a reward and I don’t beat myself up when we go.

What is your definition of old? Someone who can’t laugh, someone who won’t try to be better physically.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? I’d like to have run a 100-miler by then. I’ll be 65 so hopefully in better shape than I’m in now.

What do you do to stay Young? I spend a lot of time with my teenage daughters. I say yes to just about everything. I play my bass guitar a lot. I sleep well. And of course I run – a lot!

How old would you be if you did not know how old you are? 35, not 55.

What were your parents doing when they were the age you are now? Smoking, drinking, raising their second families. NOT running.

Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Most people eventually find out their “why” which answers why they are here. Do you know yours? If so, when did you discover it and how did that change your life? I was born to try and make my fellow human beings happy. That was before I had kids. Now that I have kids I was born to be their father. Biggest gift ever were my girls!

What is next for you? More big ultra events, more fitness, eating better, sleeping better, improving my business, making more friends and laughing a lot more!

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