Return To The Obsession

Well folks, I tried something new. I tried not to care too much about running. I stopped blogging, I stopped logging my runs and I ran all summer with no plan, no training regimen, and no balls.

That’s right. If I didn’t feel like running, I didn’t run. If I only felt like running easy on a hard day, I ran easy. If I felt like running hard, I ran hard. Only on the rare group runs, did I run harder (or easier) that I felt. And know what? I enjoyed the break. I enjoyed not always feeling beat up. I threw in some swimming, biking and a couple of Olympic distance triathlons (with a PB of 2:38:15). But there was something missing for a while, I missed the obsession. I missed the feeling like I was earning my way to a personal best marathon. I was devoid of the confidence that good workouts,  consistent training and a regulated routine of eating and sleeping well all give me. Mentally and physically, it was a good reset but now I feel it is time to move back into ‘Eye of the Tiger’ mode. Read more of this post

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My Running Streak – Project 370

Project 370 began at the end of December last year. It is my goal to ‘Streak’ for one year.

So with the few days from 2011 when I started the streak, plus all of 2012 and finishing off with our traditional New years Day race at the Beach, it all adds up to 370!

Will I take a break after that?

You can read all about it, and follow along with my weekly updates on Project 370 Journal.

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Is There a Road to Hope – Marathon Report

I kind of get quiet when life as a runner is not going well.  So it takes a while to gather up the motivation to put into words what is happening. But here it is.

I trained hard this Summer. I pushed myself, ran about the same mileage as my previous highest mileage period where I ran my PB of 3:18:20. I ate well, not perfect, but well. I cross trained, but not that often. I got more sleep than usual. I cut out alcohol, but not as much as I did when I ran my 2 PBs.

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2 weeks from the marathon – Fighting the mental battle

There comes a time in every training program when I either know I’m ready for a race or I know I’m not. Just because I want to run the marathon in three hours and 10 minutes and have been training appropriately to reach that time, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee I will succeed. At two weeks away from race day, I’m comparing pace and time with distance and effort, and trying to judge how strong I have become and if that matches my goal. Call it overanalyzing, but I need to know my limits.

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Limberlost Challenge Trail Race

I meant to write about this sooner. I really did. But then I wrote about it in my weekly Globe And Mail Diary and I put it behind me.

[you can view that article here]

But there’s much more to tell about this great day and a what fabulous event it was. First off, it is not too far from our cottage so it just made sense to try to fit it in to our weekend. Anita and I were planning to do long training runs anyway so when we cleared it with the powers that be (our sons and their grandparents) to be away from them for a bit longer than usual on a training day, we drove there and registered on Race Day morning.

The location is just west of Algonquin Park in the Limberlost Forest. The start area is a nice open area with tents for sun protection and the start line heads from there out to about 500m of dirt road and then you dip into the tree covered forest. Check out the video below for a nice view of the whole shebang, start, trails, scenery. Just lovely.

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Runners Version of The Fall Classic

Dave Emilio - A Runners DiaryThe Fall Classic is commonly known as the World Series of Baseball. Sure, it’s the most exciting time of the year for that sport, but for us runners, we look at the Fall as the perfect time of year to run a marathon. Generally, it’s cooler when the races are held, and as long as the Summer is not too hot, we get all of our runs in without too much interruptions such as Christmas, Easter, and … Snow! Bring on the Runner’s Fall Classic, for us, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Date: Sunday October 16th. Read more of this post

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It’s Not Just About The Chilli

2011 Chilly Half Marathon

It is a late report but as I have been busy, preoccupied or lazy, it is time to tell the tale.
The Chilly Half is a very popular event due mostly to the fact it is the only decent race of 21.1k or more at that time of year. The details like race entry and lousy shirts (as far as sizing goes anyway) are usually ignored and people who say they are going to take a pass on it, usually run it anyway. Like me. Read more of this post

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26.2 Days Until The Boston Marathon

Welcome to Jamaica, Have a Nice day

Well, actually, that was yesterday but it’s a neat thought and I am revisiting it today.

Am I ready? Well I was, I really was on track but Jamaica beckoned and we went. Vacationing in the Caribbean, at an all inclusive resort is a wonderful thing. Read more of this post

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Australia 2011 – Photos

Shoes off - Couran Cove BeachMy recent trip Australia, for work. Fortunately we had a couple of free days too. I will write a full blog post shortly.

This was a good trip, as far as work conferences go anyway. We had some free time and…
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Let’s Dwell on Boston Shall We?

It’s the end of an era? Maybe. It will definitely be tough to re qualify for me and my running mates. Not impossible, but harder. Perhaps the challenge is what we need to step it up to the next level. Why do we need to? Because a ‘semi-unachievable’ goal is a great motivator. Why do we need to achieve this goal? Read more of this post

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