Ain’t No New – New Year’s Resolutions Here Yo

Boston Marathon - One of the reasons I bust my butt on the roadsJust to clarify – I do have some resolutions, they’re just not ‘new’. These resolutions have been rehashed from earlier years and I’d like to think of them as this year’s ‘goals’. See the bottom of this post for a complete list of 2012 Resolutions, which I’d rather call, “My 2012 To Do List”. Read more of this post

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The Off Season

I consider this the Off Season, time spent between Fall Marathon(s) and Spring races. Normally, I would keep the mileage up to remain fit and hit the next training cycle ready yo rock, but this year was a bit different. here’s how it’s played out so far.

Recently, we went to Hawaii (work, not family) for a short trip. Long enough to spend 1 day indoors ‘working’ and 1 day of outdoor activities. It was nice to be there but the 2 days spent traveling to and fro makes it a rough ride. You have to make the best of it while there, so I signed up for a surf lesson. As you can see from the photo, I was an instant expert. Actually, that’s not true. It was hard and although I managed to get in a few good runs, I spent a lot of time swimming back to the board and trying again. I enjoyed it and if not for the coral, rocky bottom, I would have stuck with it longer. I’d like to try it again on a sandier section of water.

As for running….

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The End Of Movember

November is done, has been for a couple of weeks. But the Movember aspect has just recently come to a close. For those of you following along, you know that I was busting my butt for the cause: To raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer.

It was a successful campaign and I reached my fundraising goals. I smashed them actually, raising a whopping $3,541.00 putting me at the top of the list for my work-team at the Flight Centre. The bonus for top fundraiser was a price of 2 Airfare Tickets from Air Canada, good for anywhere they fly in Canada. Halfway through the month, when I was close, but losing steam, I decided to use the tickets as an incentive, offering them up as a draw prize for anyone who donated to the cause in my name. Of course, I would have to win in order to give the tickets away. Read more of this post

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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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Movember Is Upon Us – Here We Mo Again!

Please read on, and donate whatever you can, small or large. Every little bit helps!

You may have heard of Movember. We are participating in Movember here at work.

About Movember

The Movember Foundation is a global not-for-profit charitable organization which runs the men’s health initiative, Movember.

The Mo (slang for moustache) and Movember, the eleventh month of the year (formerly known as November), come together each year to create the world’s largest movement for men’s health – bringing much needed awareness and funding to men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

To Donate to Prostate Cancer Research in my name – Click Here


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The Story Must Be Told, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Many hours were spent training, Many miles of road covered. They say the
marathon can break your heart just as long as it doesn’t break your
spirit. That’s the exact truth and applies to me today unconditionally.

Many factors were at play here, the stars needed to align to reach my
original goal of 3:10. And many stars did in fact align. My Achilles was
feeling good; I slept well last night and the previous few nights, I
rested well, ate well and remained fairly relaxed in the lead-up to the
race. The weather behaved as far as temperatures go but the headwinds
going west were brutal.

I felt pretty good and decided I would stay with my plan and stick to a
4:30/KM pace. I choose to run alone and just focused on my goal and got to
10k on pace, maybe a bit fast, in 44:30. I continued on, past the
Windemere turnaround at 12KM and headed back happy to be out of the wind.
The eastbound portion of the run that took us back into downtown along
Queens Quay went well, I passed the halfway mark a little over 1:34 and
was still feeling good. then the lights went out.

At 22KM I felt a twinge of fatigue that reminded me I was overdue to
consume some nutrition. I was coming up to a water stop where I could wash
down a gel pack so I stopped momentarily so I wouldn’t choke on it and
when I went to start running again a pain, an older injury that hasn’t
bothered me lately flared up. No warning signs at all, just sharp pain
from deep in my left butt muscle that streamed all the way down my
hamstring. I couldn’t even come close to the pace I had been running. I
was a bit shocked to be honest and continued on hoping it would pass. It
didn’t.

I continued along, suffering and slowing, and demotivated by the hoards of
runners passing me by. At this point I started wondering if I could, or
should continue. I decided I’d run the the eastern most part in the Beach
where my kids were and shack up with them where I would wait for my wife
to come by and then finish with her.

In the Beach, my home turf, the support was amazing and I felt bad and a
bit embarrassed that I had fallen behind where they were expecting me. My
kids and a few mates were sure to tell me afterward that I did not look great. I decided to continue on and tough it out, hoping to maybe still
get in around 3:20. At the turn around to head back west downtown, 9KM to
go, I made a surge that actually felt good but didn’t last long. The
headwinds were nasty and the pain flared back up and I made the decision
to take it easy from 35KM to the finish. I ran easy, walked a bit, chatted
up the spectators and volunteers and tried, best I could, to enjoy the
finish.

I passed through downtown with my head down just wanting to finish and get this
done. The last turn and the view 200m from the finish was a welcome sight.
As always, the last kilometre of the marathon is somewhat enjoyable no matter how you tired and depleted you feel. It
may not have been a personal best but it was a feat of endurance and
perseverance and I felt pretty good about not quitting. I can rest now,
regroup and look to the future. I am not done with this craziness.

My finish time was 3:32:23 a good 22 minutes shy of my goal. Not too bad
all things considered. Fear not, the burger and beer after the race tasted
Great. Looking back, I know I trained well. Maybe hard enough on
the runs but not well enough in the non run disciplines. It is was it is, I know where I cam improve
and there is nothing I can do about this race now. I am disappointed and heartbroken
but as the title of this report says, my spirit is not broken.

Thanks for following along with me. My next goal marathon is Boston in April, where I plan to attack it the
same way I did for this one. There’s work to be done, but not before a couple
weeks of rest of course!

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It doesn’t matter if you are a first timer or if it’s your 25th marathon, as this is for me – you get antsy when race day is only a week away. There is a certain amount of anxiousness in the buildup to the event. It is hard to decipher whether it is confident excitement or second-guessing doubt. You just have to embrace it and go on with your day. It will eat you up if you let it.

Read More about 1 week to go.

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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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My new gig on iRun dot ca

Still expanding my horizons.

So, we’re up and running and here is a link to t2nd articles. on iRun.ca ‘s Youth on the Run

Running From Start To Finish

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The title for this article, “Running From Start To Finish” means a lot to me. When I got started in running, the book by the same title as written by John Stanton, was a staple for me as I went from a couch potato to a runner by following along with John’s tips and the […]

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Women’s marathon record holder – Syliva Rueger in question

Great quote from Silvia Ruegger who may have the officiality of her Canadian Marathon Record stripped because she ran with the men. Ridiculous I say.

“Go after the dopers. There’s assisted, right. We did it clean. We did it on hard work and sacrifice. If one of those guys wants to come and look at all my journals of what I did, the price I paid to run that time, it was not because there was a guy running in the race, it was because I ran 200 kilometres a week and gave up everything else.”

Read the full article here…

http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/1058279–women-s-marathon-record-holder-no-male-enhancement-here?bn=1

 

And for more info on Sylvia – this is a good post http://www.uoguelph.ca/theportico/ruegger/

 

 

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