Finally did a Tri


I have finally completed my first Triathlon… It wasn’t an Ironman/ Half Ironman, It was a Sprint but I have already fallen in love with the sport…

Place Time                          Div                     Swim                                       Bike                                     Run

23 1:20:52 John NS CA 4/8 M3039    17:30                          37:37 31.9                         22:24 4:29

 

This was an excellent indicator to what I have to work on as I know I can post faster times…

 

Cheers

 

 

Scotiabank Bluenose International Marathon Youth Run


Our local marathon took place this past weekend, The Scotiabank Bluenose International Marathon, and 3300+ kids took part in the youth run. Claims to be the largest youth run in Canada…

Totally inspiring…

http://www.bluenosemarathon.com/en/

New Plans and Old Pains…


The last couple weeks have consisted of do not’s and donuts…  Not as many donuts…

The hip/ quad/ groin pain is still present, however more bearable. I have checked out of doing all high impact activities like running and I am enjoying the break!

I swam a total of 8,000 meters last week… I was at the cusp of completing 10,000, but drank too much Saturday night and was in no shape to jump into the pool Sunday morning. Believe me, I tried!

I decided it would be much more fun to navigate the dandelion jungle in attempt to win the epic battle of man vs. weed.  I was victorious following a hard-fought, 6 hour combat mission… It was just me, the weed extractor and 6 hours of pushing using only my right foot. I couldn’t use the left, that’s my injured leg!

I did foam roll… Then I got sick of it.

It is easier popping Advil…

This morning I swam 2000 meters consecutively.

I may have changed my plans a little… I am not going to jump directly into an Ironman. I have decided to aim for a half Ironman first and sprint/ Olympic distance races this summer.  I am hoping to complete a half by the fall than hopefully a full by next fall.

I am in the process of purchasing a better bike and plan to continue my current training.

Ironman Muskoka 70.3 September 09th is a new goal… I see it is still open…

I am dumb for cycling all these miles hard, continually, after years of running injury free and even dumber for all those run/ bike combinations and now not even being able to run due to my thigh hurting so damn bad when I walk


I hate to inform you, I am still injured. I am as surprised as you are!

*I think I hate to inform myself or admit that I am injured…

 If I had to pinpoint a reason; I would say the past 9 weeks spent hammering out miles both running and cycling is a likely cause…

 I completed 42 miles of running last week and even knowing that this will not benefit my cause, and possibly disable me longer, it’s too late now!

 My plan is to take this entire coming week off both running and cycling to cure what ever ailment I have.

 I do plan on continuing to swim; it is soooo much fun continually going back and forth over and over and over!!!

 The best thing I could have discovered was a foam roller; after I mounted and got acquainted with it, it delivered relief to the area. A Google search recommended deep tissue message  confirming my own personal diagnosis of tightness. I am hoping it is not a stress fracture…

 I personally think it is a: “I am dumb for cycling all these miles hard, continually, after years of running injury free and even dumber for all those run/ bike combinations and now not even being able to run due to my thigh hurting so damn bad when I walk”

 To live and learn I guess… To live and learn!

Injuries and set backs…


This week I have run 2 miles… I am currently on a running hiatus due to a very painful groin and quad area. I have run through the pain over the last couple weeks, including 14 miles on Sunday, but decided if I don’t back off, I will end up on a permanent disabled list.

 Much like where I am now…

 This is pay back following years of bragging and gloating about never experiencing a running related injury throughout my entire running career.  

 I don’t think it is very serious; I did what most do when they get injured, I turned to the internet. According to Runner’s World forums what I am experiencing (as I have the same symptoms as those on the forum) is a quadriceps muscle strain… Remedy; Massage!

 A fact about me; I don’t and never have stretched! With the strain of adding 2 additional sports to my regular training repertoire, my muscles have become tired and tight and I believe this has caused my current set back. Straight from Dr. John M.D.

 But I have continued to swim and cycle; racking up 3 hours on the bike and 5200 meters of swimming so far this week.

 It can’t hurt, they are low/ no impact sports…

 I found a frozen water bottle in my freezer at work immediately grabbing it for use as a medical apparatus rolling it hard into my quad. It feels like it is working!

 Here is hoping it resolves itself!

 Cheers

Week 8, Florida bound!


That concludes week 8 and unfortunately, I don’t have my stats handy… I tend to calculate and keep track of them as part of work related activities…

As a matter of fact, I DO!

I swam 5500 meters

ran 42 miles

Cycled for 8 hours again this week…

A tiring week, required a couple swim,bike, run days to fulfil all activities. After 4 hours on the bike and a 6 mile run this morning, I have been experiencing slight groin discomfort. I don’t say pain or injury because I have yet to be on a disabled list due to injury… Knock on wood…

Tomorrow I leave on a jet plane for Florida…

Taking at least 2 possibly 3 days off this week…

Going to follow strict carb rules and drink lots of beer and eat lots of junk… I will be a machine next week haha

Cheers

 

Weekend update even though it is not the weekend…


Weekend update! Even though it is in fact not the weekend but Thursday… Thursday update of last weeks activities almost a week late… Do dah do dah

Last week totals;

Swim 5500 meters

Run 44 miles

Bike 8 hours

I didn’t realize I had sat on a bike for 8 hours last week. That is why updates are so important. It puts the pressure on for this current week, I only planned on 7.5 hours of cycling. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

 I had a wonderful 16 mile run on Sunday… My plan of taking it slow and easy ending up at a 7.30 average pace. It felt effortless! I credit this to the extra cycling and time holding my breath in the pool…

The crunch is on this week! I am cramming everything into a shortened week, I am heading to South Beach on Sunday. Next week will be a cut back week. I have trained 6 day’s a week the last 8 weeks, I am due for a break… And some heat!

I may attempt to out swim some sharks…

Beer night


Friday = Beer Eve!

Saturday will also = Beer Eve!

This afternoon will consist of a bike/ run/ bike/ run following work… I was going to ramp it up further, but looking forward to getting home and cracking open some cold ones.

Carbo loading!

I cannot say I am going to gorge out on food, I do that every night!

Cheers

week #7


I have five minutes, so figured I would elaborate…

I am in Canada… The temperature was 26 today… March 21st… That is crazy! (celsius)

I ended up committing the exact mistake I did last Wednesday afternoon, I ran 12 miles and planned for a light 1 hour cycle… That turned into a 1 hr 25 minute spin class. My legs are shot, I didn’t think I was going to make it…

Yesterday morning I ventured to the pool to swim 3000 meters… That is a ridiculous distance to swim. All these years I thought running stationary, on a treadmill took the cake as the most boring activity in the world, I was wrong! I had a dunce moment thinking the swim leg of an Ironman was 3400 meters, I just realized it is 3800 meters.

Back to the thought of treadmill running being the most boring activity in the world, I ran 15 miles last Sunday on one, it wasn’t all that bad. If you break the run into 5 mile chunks like an ordinary running chunk, a chunk of hills and a chunk of speed, the run goes by quickly.

This training gets a little ridiculous after a while… Spending on average 3 hours + at the gym, eating everything I can get my hands on and sitting on a bike for hours on end isn’t most people’s idea of fun…

How is your week going? Training? Boston is getting close!

Cheers

Week number 6


Just a quick update… Week # 6

Swim 5200 meters

Run 42 miles

Bike 7 hrs

I find the longest and hardest part of training is the swimming… 2800 meters swam last Tuesday, I compare to 15-17 miles of running, and it doesn’t go by very quickly.

I will update more late on…

Cheers

Tiring couple days…


I was totally not into yesterday’s workout… At all!

 The thought of an 11 mile run and hour spin made me want to punch the wall. Doing this following a day at the office made me want to punch said wall harder. After some convincing and reassurance that it wouldn’t be that bad, I was on my way…

 The 11 mile run had gone better than expected, it felt good and could have gone further… Could have, but didn’t…

 I arrived at the gym, changed into my cycling clothes, inquired about spin class (was hoping there wasn’t one, but there was) so I cycled 40 minutes before hand, planned on spending 20 minutes with the class, than skipping out. Well that plan was squashed; I ended up cycling for 1.40 enduring the entire class plus the 40 minutes before… I, as well as my legs, was SPENT!

 Following the four hours at the gym I arrived home and demolished the cupboards eating everything in sight!

 I love Naan bread…

 This morning I ran 8 miles and swam 1600 meters. I experienced some cramping in the pool and remembered I didn’t eat anything prior to running or swimming (bad idea).  I made a coffee, needed the caffeine at 5am, but forgot to eat… My hamstring and the arch of my foot cramped up near the end of my swim and caused excruciating pain! Ouch! I had to walk it out, fluttering around in the water for 5 minutes or so like an idiot.

 I think it was a combination; lack of fuel and exhaustion…

 Cheers

Week number 6


This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn, 5:00am, in order to cycle for an hour and complete 2800 meters in the pool. It isn’t really the crack of dawn at 5, it is still pitch black, I consider it more to be the middle of the night…

I had to get up at 5 to make a quick pit stop at Tim Horton’s for coffee prior to jumping on the bike. Needed my caffeine fix, the orange juice wasn’t cutting it… Either was the fact I hadn’t eaten anything yet…

The cycle was long, the swim felt even longer… On the subject of swimming, I don’t know whether I need to make my sets longer, or what, to make the lengths/ time to achieve the distance go by faster. 2800 meters seems like a long way to swim in a 25 meter pool… Too bad the distance couldn’t be reached as quickly as running… ;)

It is nice being able to complete workouts early, prior to work. The pool isn’t a circus like it is in the afternoon.

Last week totals;

Swim; 5000 meters

Run; 39.5 miles

Cycle; 5.30 hours

Day 1 of week 6 (I think) is complete… Yes, it is week 6… I am planning on ramping up the mileage and completing more bike/run/bike/run workouts… Maybe adding an extra bike/run…

As the mileage has increased, the tiredness has also… I am flying by the seat of my pants, I have used this method with all my training… I will either fail epically or succeed satisfactorily… (Are either of those words?)

How are you enjoying your Tuesday?? How is your training??

 

Week # 4, Month #1 Swimming, biking, running


Week #4

Ran 40 miles

Cycled 5.5 hours

Swam 4700 meters!

Didn’t stick to one of my swim workouts… Continually went further including a couple 800 meter continuous sets. What I did take from the week… Tiredness! I was exhausted when Sunday came around and unsure whether I would finish my 13 mile planned run. I made it!

Monthly totals for month 1;

Ran 151 miles

Cycled 18 hours

Swam 14000 meters

That swimming total is a little nuts… It has hard to imagine folks swimming 10-15000 meters a week…

The cycling, I still find it very manageable. After getting through the first hour, the others tend to go by quickly other than being a sweaty mess. It tends to make for quite an uncomfortable run afterwards, have to remember a change of shirts…

 cheers

Week number three, more training…


So…I am already looking forward to beer later on; now I just have to get through 2.5 hours of work, one hour on the bike and a 5 mile run… Peanuts!

 It will be different; I will have something to look forward to  bored as a mother forker on the bike…Beer! Afterwards I will jump on the treadmill, fill my brain with thoughtless banter of the afternoon talk shows and then beer time.

 That is 3 mentions of beer in 5 sentences…

 This week I rose at the crack of dawn twice for two morning swims (so far). The first 2000 meters; the second was a planned 600 meter swim changed to 800 meters and a 9 mile run beforehand. It required being a little late for work, but was worth avoiding a second visit to the gym.

 So far this week; 19 miles of running (24 following today), 1.5 hours of cycling (2.5 after today) and 2800 meters of swimming (another 800 meters on Sunday).

 I am spending more time than is desirable at the gym. I conclude that is understandable, it is more convenient doing everything at the gym already being there. Life before multiple sports… 1 hr of treadmill running; I was walking out the door, now that run is followed by sitting on a bike or jumping into a pool… It is now 2 to 3 hours before I am walking out the door.

 It is Friday, the weekend after a long week (for me anyway)… Does anyone have big plans for the weekend? Racing? Training? Drinking?

 Cheers

2000 meters in the pool completed…


2000 Meters in the pool completed in the early hours of this morning… Was able to Watch the sun rise through the windows surrounding the pool structure…

I managed sets of 150 meters up until my arms began to tire around lap 72, so more progress.

A quick 60 min spin before hand and training is completed for the day.

The morning’s are a great time to swim, appears to be senior citizen swim time, they are very accommodating (not lane hogs).

My arms are definitely tired, stomach screamed for coffee and food so I stuffed it with a Clif Bar, toast and peanut butter and washed it down with a coffee. Now I sit at my desk and pretend to work lol

Cheers

Week two in the books


Week two is now in the books…

I managed to swim 3200 meters, cycled 4.5 hours and increased my running to 37 miles…

Training has brought with it some ups and downs. I have learned swimming at a “Community Center” type gym can bring with it challenges… Such as jockeying for position in a lane and avoiding kids using lanes as public pool spaces. The other big challenge has been scheduling, the whole pool is closed and used for lessons on Saturday and Sunday mornings… My advice; Don’t join a Community Center!

By the end of  week two, swimming is getting easier… I can link together 125 meter sets without great difficulty in completing 1800 meters… It does take some build up of endurance after not swimming lengths or distance for so long. I am going for 2000 meter this week…

Cycling indoors is what I find most difficult and hardest to be motivated towards. It is difficult sitting on a bike, in a room, for an extended period of time and not going insane. Spin classes have made this a tad more bearable…

I have managed quite a few bike to run workouts not finding the transition too difficult.

So far it hasn’t been too bad, I find I could eat endlessly as though my stomach is a bottomless pit (I think that has alot to do with the swimming) and that it is easier training for one sport such as running. One of the hardest parts in the early stages has been training while being tired from a previous days activities…

Cheers

More swim… Goggles and chlorine


Goggles – Check!

New Gym Membership with pool/ track  – Check!

Lane swim last night – Check!

Goggles (mixed myself up, I was convinced I wanted to say google) made a world of difference. I swam a total of 1550 meters in sets of 50’s/ 100’s. Initially I completed 50 lengths, than having a quick chat with the lifeguard, realized the pool is only 25 meters long (thought it was 50 but should have known better) so I tacked on 12 more…

Spent an hour on the bike before hand…

The most valuable lessons I have learned during my inaugural week;

This is going to be a hell of a lot of work…

Never swim in over chlorinated public pools with out goggles…

Hit the weight room… Shoulders and back will thank you later

Need to revise my schedule to complete workouts in the morning…

How is your week/ training coming along?? It is Friday, enjoy your day!

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming in the Pool…


So I hit the pool last night. It was cheap night and opened to the public, what better night to try out the facility. After I frolicked around in the water for a bit, and eyed the few lanes available to swim lengths, I decided to join the half a dozen or so in the “Fast Lane”.  I must have looked real amateurish as I showed up goggle less and took a space in an already clogged lane.

 I had no plan of action… I started to swim, settled into doing 100 meter sets. After several of these (I lost count after swimming the first 50 meters) and a couple 200’s, I had 1200 meters (or so) in the bank. Not bad for the first time in the pool.

 I managed a one hour run before hand… My legs, particularly lower legs, are still tight following Sunday’s race. The cold took more out of them than a half marathon usually does.

 I should have taken rest time prior to training again… Note to Mr. Eager Beaver

 What I learned from swimming;

 I need to purchase goggles, my eyes stung for hours afterwards. It was as though I had put myself through self-induced torture…

 Regular scheduled visits to the weight room are mandatory in order to build upper body strength and stamina… Swimming isn’t easy!

 Length swim would be better scheduled for morning opposed to evening… Half the city was in the pool for cheap night…

 I will hit the pool again…

Any words of wisdom???

 Cheers

Halifax Hypothermic Half


I am pleased to be writing this from the comforts and warmth of the house, not stuck on a beach on the Atlantic Ocean…

A definite chill was present in the air well preparing for this mornings Halifax hypothermic half marathon… Chris Sinclair, from The Weather Network, was reporting a temperature of -11 with wind chills in the low -20’s. The positive, no inclement weather was forecasted and the sun shone bright in the February sky.

All the hype and talk of the Ironman took away all tensions and stress on the eve of the half, I may have thought of the race only a hand full of times. That was all reversed this morning, it started with the temperature than was compounded upon exiting the car at the race… The winds howled and my choice of dress didn’t seem sufficient… I decided to put on an extra fleece layer on top of the three I already wore and cracked open some Hot-Paws for toasty hands… It was like a big hug.

I also ran a 1 mile warmup, which I don’t usually do… I think this actually helped to warm me up a little…

And since I had a Cliff Chocolate gel in the cupboard, I decided to try it out on race morning… I report; I enjoyed it and feel it worked although I don’t really know… I wish I had another if that’s any indication…

I was glad to see the race start,  even happier to see the finish. Halifax is known for its hills, this race had its fair share. The course was an out and back with approximately 350 participants..

I finished in 1.38… I was happy as most of my training took place indoors, on treadmills, and I didn’t think I would crack 1.40… Optimism paid off…

Now it is time for some beer, chips and quality couch time…

Cheers

Ironman Tri… Nova Scotia Canada


Talking about doing things on a whim, I was just informed that my home province of Nova Scotia is having an inaugural Ironman Distance triathlon on July 01st 2012…. That is 4 months and a few day’s from today!!

I have signed up for this event…Not paid yet though…

I don’t own a bike…Or have a pool membership… Wait, I don’t have any idea how to train for an event like this either…

I do think it would be fun to do my first event in my home province and not have a whole lot of travel expenses…

Question, do you think it is possible to train and do this even in 4 months??

http://epicdartmouth.com/

 

Cheers

Outdoor run Sunday… Rest day Monday… Training is almost finished…


This previous Sunday was the Sunday of all Sundays, the Sunday I suited up and did battle against the elements running outdoors during the heart of a Canadian winter. Me against nature… I am sure it had nothing to do with my upcoming race and my previous treadmill runs … Of course not!

 Sunday arrived as a blessing in disguise… Disguised as the winter beast she was unleashing her winter fury upon the residents of Nova Scotia…Not fit for man nor beast (or runner)… It actually turned out to be a glorious day… The sun shone bright, the temperature flirted with the freezing mark, the wind howled… The wind and pacing were the only two downfalls to such a beautiful day.

 I managed 10 outdoor miles in 1.16… I had initially planned on running further, but was happy with 10…

 My pacing was off, as expected… I tend to have issues converting treadmill to outdoor miles. The switch not only makes for a less than enjoyable experience, it kills the confidence … I have been incredibly stubborn with a huge side of wimp this winter and will be the Victim of my own demise for Sunday’s half marathon.

 Note to self and everyone else; Try to run outdoors as much as possible… You will not find many races taking place on a treadmill and nothing compares treadmill to road running…

 The fitness facility I am joining is having discount lane swim on Tuesday night; I am going to test out my swim stroke for its grace and finesse. I will probably feel like a guppy swimming in a shark tank, but it is a great opportunity to test out the pool…

 Do you find it difficult to convert treadmill to road running? Have you ever been eaten by a shark?

 35 miles of running for the week…. Maybe 35.5….

 Thanks for all the comments… J I spend way too much time on WordPress … I try to read and comment as much as possible. I love all the free advice J

 Cheers

Running; Triathlon


I love running yes, but I really want to begin the next chapter… Triathlon…

 I want to dive head first into Ironman instead of taking baby steps and first attempting a sprint, Olympic or half-ironman distance triathlon. I like to go big! Who knows, I may not even like the sport. I am sure I will do Olympic or sprint triathlon (or two) during training…

 Its one thing to participate in triathlon; it’s another whether or not you can afford it.

 In the analysis of making this dream a reality, it involves substantial startup costs;

 A bike… I was initially planning on saving to purchase a TT bike off the get-go but after giving it some thought, decided to take the more economical route of purchasing a road bike first; back to wanting a TT bike again… $3000.00 would make this worth more than my current car… I am planning on buying it in the U.S for substantial savings though…

 Extra set of wheels… $800.00 (Not a definite need)

 Peddles, shoes and cleats… It was like being hit by a ton of bricks discovering how expensive these were; $250 – $350.00…

 Access to a pool, I am currently paying $36 a month for my gym membership, for $52 I can join a gym with a pool and indoor track… Bonus!

 A wet suit… I have no idea how much a wet suit costs. On the Atlantic Coast, particularly in the North, the water is CHILLY. I would estimate the cost to be around $120 – $150.00…

 A Helmut… $50.00

 Goggles and swim cap… $50 – $75.00

 A bike trainer to spend hours upon hours in the basement cycling into oblivion… $150 – $200

 $4500 – $5000.00 later… You’re ready to start training for the next 10 to 12 months… I will be looking at A) a trip to the U.S.A to buy a lot of these items or B) purchasing used… I live in Canada, prices tend to be inflated…

 Another $600.00 to sign up for an event… $1000.00 more to travel to said event…

A person could develop a complex after spending so much money on gear thinking they have become an overnight professional!

 Anyone want to mail me a bike??

treadmill antics… Yurbuds… Freezing Sundays!


The freaking mercury was well below 0 degrees Celsius for the third Sunday in a row…

 I knew while out locking up the car late Saturday night what was in store the following morning. The air was bitter, the scene was still, and not even the animals were dumb enough to scurry around in that cold.  

 Sunday reared its ugly head and a quick click to The Weather Network confirmed my suspicions -13 with a wind chill of -25… I don’t care how winterized the tights or the number of layers one can squeeze into until looking like the Michelin man, I wasn’t running 12.5 miles in those conditions.

 Side note;

 To put the icing on the cake, our Province of Nova Scotia cut back more than a million dollars on snow removal this year and a snow storm on Friday, and poor removal of  the said snow, caused havoc on the highways particularly the sides of the highway where a person would run… This is not the time or place for this rant though…

 So as you can guess I quickly packed up my gym bag, changed into my shorts and T-shirt, and headed for the treadmill. The excitement was written all over my face and luckily I had purchased a pair of ear buds Saturday which made the task a little more pleasant.

 I visited 3 LARGE electronic stores and none had Yurbuds. Maybe they are not available in Canada? I settled for a pair of JVC ergo fit due to having these before and them working for me in the past.

 Side note number 2;

 Yurbuds appear only to be sold at the Apple store here in Canada or purchased online… Go figure!

 While on the treadmill, avoiding the clock like the plague, and completing 12.5 miles, something happened for the first time ever… I hit the wall!

 It wasn’t caused from de-hydration, black out, or being under fueled it was caused  from a momentary loss of concentration, my MP3 player first being flung off the back of the unit and me being flung off shortly after and directly into the wall behind me. Luckily no injuries were reported; I just looked like an idiot…But I accomplish that on the best of days…

 I completed the run, all 12.5 miles, in 1.35 and was never looking forward to drinking a beer and eating something very bad!

 37.5 miles for the week, 2 weeks till Half-marathon, 1 run outdoors and do I think I am ready? NO!

 Cheers

Treadmill runs and Ear buds and iPods


Following some good advice from fellow bloggers, thank-you for all your comments, I will be taking a hammer to the piggy bank, heading to the local electronics store and purchasing an iPod Nano or iPod Touch… Some sort of Apple product… I feel like I am 10 years behind the times…

 After my purchase I will then stop at a grocery store and buy Zip-lock bags to protect the unit from a sweat endued death in hopes it is spared from joining my other failed MP3 devices in the graveyard of doom!!!! SCARY!!!!

 On the subject of MP3 players, I’m unsure of the rest of the world, but I cannot find a pair of ear buds that will stay put in my ears. This may be due to my big ears or some freak genetic ear design but regardless of the adapter size (different ear canal adapter?), they still fall out!

 While browsing around on the internet I came across Yurbuds. I have seen these before but never gave them a second thought. They are endorsed by Ironman athletes, sweat and water proof, and if an advertising campaign has ever worked, it just did! They seem to mold into the ear for a better fit and I am sold! 

 What do you use???

On the running front I am currently at 22 miles for the week, all treadmill running… Winter weather is heading East forecasted for later this afternoon so run number 4 will take place on the treadmill also, all 8 miles of tempo goodness. It has been a mediocre week of running at best. I have felt tired and unmotivated… I am planning for 4 easy miles Saturday and 11.5 to 13 on Sunday to round out the long runs…

 Cheers!

Chilly air, Training, running, iPods…


The mercury has fallen… And I cannot run outside…

My New Years resolution to become closer with and embrace nature and the frosty Canadian air on outdoor runs has already fallen through the cracks. My running clothes have been safely stowed away in the car since rejoicing about my one outdoor run this year…

This Sunday past, I had all good intentions of slipping on the tights, (and cape) multiple shirts, hat and gloves and heading out into the chilly morning air until I saw a temperature of -22, with the windchill, and decided the best place for this cat was on the treadmill!

I took note of previous experiences in temperatures similar and the frozen appendages that come with it…

Completed 10.5 miles, 35 as planned for the week…

1.18 later, I was finally able to dismount the treadmill, emotionally fatigued…

Having lots of time to contemplate many useless facts during this run, I questioned why gyms must put large clocks in front of the treadmills. Almost as if to taunt users to not hog them as long… It’s like the devil to anyone completing a run longer than 20 minutes…

On the subject of gym treadmills, I also dislike treadmills with the built-in TV’s. They make me feel claustrophobic… No matter how bad you attempt to concentrate on something, like looking out the window, the TV is in the way.

Off topic, I have a third running annoyance, MP3 players… I don’t consistently listen to music while I run, I run better without generally, but the handful of iPod shuffles I have gone through damaged from wear and sweat, I now buy refurbished units… I even bought a fancy 2nd or 3rd generation iPod shuffle (not really fancy) that didn’t last 2 weeks due to manufacturing defects, sweat and moisture penetrating the control cord because it is not sealed properly.

I might have to splurge and buy an iPod touch although I am worried that would also malfunction… My question is, how to make these units last? One of those fancy cases or arm straps??

The temperatures are again on the rise… 8 degrees tomorrow… definitely a day for running outside.

Cheers

Running Week and Injuries…. Training!!!


It has been an interesting week…

Being a runner of many years, I like to think of myself as knowledgeable but by no means an expert in the sport…

I was plagued by an interesting “injury” earlier in the week. I woke up with excruciating pain on the right side of my foot. It didn’t put me on the disabled list, but made for some difficult walking, after popping tylenol, I continued on with my runs.

In the process of elimination to finding a cause, I had a few different scenarios. The night before I had run a 40 minute 10k on the treadmill…A BP to date and a likely cause… The other is the fact that 6 months ago I made a rookie mistake. I thought my shoes were too big and downsized half a size. I believe the shoes now could possibly be too narrow…

It is now Saturday, this morning I am healed!!!! Whatever was the problem, it is gone. Ran 4 easy miles today in preparation for tomorrows long run.

After reading many blogs on WordPress, probably too many, I came upon an interesting post on mouth vs nose breathing while running… It was recommended runners should breathe through their nose to improve efficiency, speed and rhythm. I attempted this during a few of my runs and was amazed at how difficult it was. I am a mouth breather and always have been but I am always up to trying new things in an attempt to improve. Do you breathe through your mouth or your nose???

Day 4 of the running week… 24.5 miles down, gearing up for 35 miles total following tomorrow.

Cheers

Garmin Uploads, Run’s nd Rest days… Training Marathon/ Half Marathon


 

Garmin finally allowed me to login and download Sunday’s run, which was fairly consistent minus a few pace spikes, but considering how I was feeling, I will take it!

I realized afterwards I did something I probably shouldn’t have, especially after writing a few posts ago I had been farting around running 10k’s in preparation for an upcoming half marathon; I increased my mileage from the previous week by 15 miles…  Probably an indication why the end of Sunday’s run felt so hard. Experts say it is good training on tired legs! I will use that as my excuse…

Today I am lying on the couch… Tomorrow I will be resting much like today…  

Next week I am planning on toning down the aggressiveness and running 35 miles total… I am glutton for punishment, I plan on repeating the 12.5 miles I ran last Sunday on Sunday.

I attempted to clean up my blog making it more readable, but I failed. It is amazing how difficult it is to navigate Word press… I did however update my Gravatar (may have named that wrong) which came with some minor headaches itself. Bravo!

Happy New Year, First outdoor run of 2012


Beautiful January morning in Halifax… Is this global warming?

Sunny January Day
Today, January 8th 2012, my first run in the great outdoors of the New Year. Despite some tiredness and fatigue, I survived 12.5 miles…
 
I received an unsuspected gift over the holidays, a little extra Christmas flab, I didn’t even ask for it! The cookies and cakes and alcohol consumed seems to catch up come January.
 
Today opened my eyes to the effect of all those lazy, cope out, treadmill runs of recent… My pace was all over the place not to mention the hell of the final three miles. As easy, convenient and warm the treadmill may be, it causes pure havoc to future outdoor runs… For me anyway.
 
Cannot post my Garmin data due to site maintenance…
 
Total: 12.5 miles,  1.35
 
Cheers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy New Year, 2012… Running goals


Happy New Year… 2012!

The holidays are officially over, with January also come our free tickets back to reality! (One-way)

2012 has already brought much joy in the form of bills, payments and membership fees… The responsibilities of
owning a car, being employed and life in general!!! We are the 99% haha…

My goals for 2012…I hope this to be the year I BP a race, both half and full marathon.

I also wish for hope, prosperity, Love and peace on earth… But I cannot make that happen.

My first race of 2012 is a half marathon in February. I know how appealing that sounds.
Will it bring with it  a PB? Probably not… My training to date has mostly been farting around doing 10k’s ,
80% of them have taken place on a treadmill.

I will continue from the half and train for a spring marathon… Why not, I will be
half trained already! Hopefully with some proper training and race execution, this will bring a PB.

I want to purchase a road or time trial bike and pursue triathlon in 2012.

I plan on running more in the great outdoors during the cold winter months of 2012… I have to put my new hat,
mitts and running tights to good use!

Did I mention I also hope to win the lottery ? and for the bachelor and Bachelorette to get cancelled?? I will save that for  a different post…

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

Running


I despise outdoor running in the winter… I have since October… I am hoping to run more outdoors by purchasing proper winter running gear. It is too cozy running on a treadmill when the temperature heads towards 0 :)

Hating outdoor running in the winter, I signed up for a half marathon in February… It doesn’t take place on a treadmill. I haven’t run further than 6 miles in the last 2 months other than a couple of 8 milers. I see a PB! hahaha

I have found out how dangerous it can be to perform sit ups. I have suffered excruciating lower back pain the last week which I blame on sit ups. It hasn’t stopped my running, after 10 minutes of hell, the pain goes away…

10 months of WordPress I still cannot properly operate the program…

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Crosby


The Ice Capades featuring Sydney Crosby… Skates around the ice following his  concussion, now everyone is afraid to lay a hand on him… If they do, they will either A) get a penalty or B) get piled on by team mates… Leaves him open in front of the net to score goals.

Merry Christmas Wish List… New Balance and Garmin


Xmas Running Wishlist….

I run faithfully in NB running shoes, noticed they have a 759 trail shoe which is same model as my running shoe

 Columbia Omni heat toque… I could technically buy this myself… 20$ good deal!

 

 

 Almost bought these myself… Sportckeck had a great “Canadian version of black friday trying to prevent Canadian bandits from crossing the border and spending all their money in the U.S” sale… Have never ran in Nike tights…

I want the new Garmin 610, but couldn’t fathom getting it seeing I have a fully functioning 405… Many improvements with this watch over the 405…

 

What I would really like to see under the tree is one of these… Maybe BMW will send me one? Ha Ha Ha.

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champix.. 10 months


I stole this photo from google, along with the one below…

The previous one liner wasn’t suppose to post.

This drug was instrumental in assisting me to kicking my smoking habit. November/ December marks 10 months that I have been off the weed and I have no interest in ever starting again. I will wait to jump up and down, dance and sing like in the commercials till I reach my one year anniversary.

I have experienced no side effects and it worked magically in removing all  desire to smoke.

It is nice not to be ingesting all those harmful chemicals.

My confession is… I was a heavy smoker, 1 pack (or more) a day,  yet I have always been a runner, even while smoking. I have run since I was 12 and started smoking when I was 21.  I ran and trained for two marathons as a smoker (not at the same time) and personally, I have not noticed a difference in my running since I have become a non-smoker. I had become a talented smoking runner (I am joking)

This year has been a horrible running year. I have failed to reach a PB in any race I have entered…

I trained like crazy for a half marathon in October… I executed the race horribly and failed miserably. My own doing…

I have ended many fall runs with my arms flailing in the air yelling to any interested chipmunk in the woods as to why I can’t pace myself properly to successfully complete an 8 mile run. We the amateur, weekend warrior runners are our own worse enemies.

I know that I  am addicted to running and couldn’t picture myself as a non-runner. Without failure, you wouldn’t know success, as with all things in life…

Cheers

 

 

Champix… 10 months


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Note to self… Run outdoors more!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Arm Halifax Nova Scotia…


North West Arm...

 

Took this picture on the way to work… Picture doesn’t do justice to the moment… The sunrise was beautiful. Have always enjoyed photography… Going to do a re-take this week to try to capture the sun rise and focus the photo…

Beautiful Fall Day… Valley Harvest… Treadmill


Beautiful fall day in Nova Scotia today….

received 80mm of rain yesterday…

Which had me running on this (Which I have been doing a lot of lately)…

 I neglected to mention this: (The Valley Harvest Half Marathon I ran in October)

 Due to being one of the worst Half Marathons I have run to date… I don’t blame it on the unbelievably abnormal 26 degree temps recorded that day… (unusual for Nova Scotia in October) I blame it on stupid race execution… I was prepared for this race, I blew it for myself.

But anyways…

I made the mistake of going to the bike store yesterday and seeing this:

I am in the market for a Tri-bike… Specifically a Time Trial bike… I have been researching Cervelo, seen this in the bicycle shop window all summer and up close and personal yesterday…

Even for the beautiful weather, I will still be found on this later today….

 

 Cheers!

 

STWM… ‘Reid Coolsaet’ ‘Eric Gillis’ qualified for ‘London Olympics’ 2012…


An amazing event transpired at the 2011 Toronto Waterfront Marathon… Two Canadians qualified to represent Canada in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics…

It is the first time since 2000, at the Sydney Olympics, Canada has been represented in the marathon.  Bruce Deacon placed 44th…

Reid Coolsaet, 32, ran a 2:10:55 on the blustery autumn day meeting the Canadian Olympic Standard for the marathon of 2:11:29…

Kenneth Mungara of Kenya won his fourth straigh title winning the race in 2:09:51 followed by Ethiopia’s Shami Abdulahi…

Reid was close, but just off the mark, of also beating Canada’s 36-year-old Marathon record held by Jerome Drayton with a 2:10:09…

His training partner, from the Speed River Track Club located in Guelph Ontario, Eric Gillis, 31, also met the Canadian Olympic Marathon Standard by the narrowest of margins, one second, running a 2:11:28…

Dylan Wykes finished 6th running a 2:12:57 just outside the Canadian Standard…

Congratulations to these boys… Canada is going to be well represented at the Olympics and other marathons … These two are truly World Class athletes!

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Cheers

 

Halifax NS Weather…


Our lovely October 6th, 2011 current forecast…

Winter is coming to quickly… Tonight will be my final run prior to the half this weekend… It may require toque and tights…

Cheers

“Occupy Toronto” “Occupy NYC” Generation Lazy… Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 “Forbes” Doug Hirschorn


I came across an interesting article this afternoon on Occupying Toronto and Occupying N.Y.C protests planned to disrupt Wall street in these large cities. I happened to find this from being a marathon runner following the Toronto Marathon taking place the same day as the occupy Toronto protest and in the same vicinity as the start and finish of the marathon.

The following article sums up my views on this beautifully… Generation “what ever” is growing up with a “sense of entitlement” to everything and trying to accomplish it by doing nothing. This is what has happened to a  generation that has grown up with “social media” and the internet…

“Occupy Toronto” “Occupy NYC” Generation Lazy… Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 “Forbes” Doug Hirschorn


 

I came across an interesting article this afternoon on Occupying Toronto and Occupying N.Y.C protests planned to disrupt Wall street in these large cities. I happened to find this from being a marathon runner following the Toronto Marathon taking place the same day as the occupy Toronto protest and in the same vicinity as the start and finish of the marathon.

The following article sums up my views on this beautifully… Generation “what ever” is growing up with a “sense of entitlement” to everything and trying to accomplish it by doing nothing. This is what has happened to a  generation that has grown up with “social media” and the internet…

 

 

 

 

Valley Harvest Marathon…


Training week 6? or 7?

 Searched out and ran a different route for my LSD this week… Didn’t feel like running scared, on an unlit path, through the woods,  incredibly early in the morning… Had to search out a new mountain to scale also and voila!

I know Garmin data isn’t totally, 100% accurate but… 534ft of elevation gain is crazy!

All in all I was pleased with this run and the splits… Mile 6 through 10, I could have gone at goal pace, but I caught up with my girlfriend and wanted to run a mile or so with her.

Cheers

Oh the Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards Quams… BAA.. It boils my blood!


The more and more I read blogs of people qualifying for The Boston Marathon, the more and more It makes my blood boil. The gender gap for qualifying times is WAYYY to wide… For a male, in my age category, to qualify they must run a 3:10 marathon… Actually for the next 4 years they also must run a 3:10 marathon… That is a 7:15 mile pace for 26.2 miles… But seriously, come on, for a female to qualify in the same age bracket (this year) they have to run a 3:40… Does something not seem a little skewed????

Many, and I mean MANY females can run a 3:30 or faster marathon… Kudo’s to them!  But truthfully… How many males can run a 3:10 marathon?

I don’t know why, even with all the changes the BAA has made, they cannot realize GREATER tightening is needed between male and female qualifying times… Males in the 35 -39 age group need to run a 3:10… Than females in that same age category should have to run a 3:25. That is more comparable…

Cheers

 

Nuun and corrections…


Corrections: This is week #5…

Last week I ran 40.5 miles… This is about the mileage I will maintain over the next couple weeks.

Found another best friend…

I have never used hydration or electrolyte supplements that contained caffeine yet these were a winner! Used these on my long run the other day and had no issues. They taste like lemon ice tea…

Cheers

Valley Harvest Marathon… Half training…


I have lost count on what week it is… I believe week 4?

It was a difficult long run… Mostly due to horrible pacing on my part.. Early morning run, ran miles 2-5 on an unlit trail, seen unidentifiable shadows of animals up ahead… Pace messed up for the rest of run.

I was tired… But this didn’t help matters…

 I still prefer the half marathon distance over the full any day! Easier to train for and doesn’t take over ones life..

Cheers

 

Training… Valley Harvest Marathon… Bluenose Marathon


Week 3: 41.5 miles total…

Week 4 LSD…

One of my seldom early morning runs… I was tired and didn’t sleep well… The constant uphill made this run feel longer… Wanted to run it slower, difficulty slowing down.

Came across an interesting elevation profile while going through myGarmin data…

The elevation profile of our local marathon… Care of Garmin… No wonder this is not included on the website…

 

 

Run!


It appears that my long runs are all 11.5 miles long…. Week 3

 Slow and steady wins the race…

 Decided to climb the mountain again… But only one of the two larger hills this time…

I got a new best friend… Nuun


I started using NUUN tablets as a substitute for Gatorade during my long runs and I have to say… I am more than impressed!

I find it is easy to digest, refreshing, tastes o.k and provides optimal hydration throughout the duration of a long run… Also contains no sugar and only 8 calories per tab!

Per one tablet dissolved in 16oz (500ml) of water…

Active Ingredients level (mg)
Sodium (carbonates) 360.0
Potassium (bicarbonate)  100.0
Calcium (carbonate)  12.5
Magnesium (sulfate)  25.0
Vitamin C 37.5
Vitamin B2 500 mcg

Hurrican Irene… Hurricane gonna Blow East Coast


I have been intrigued the last couple day’s in following the projected path of hurricane Irene… It is hard not to, it is the major news story and headline of CNN and all the Boston Networks… Personally, I think News Stations thrive on the opportunity to capitalize on any out of the ordinary activity taking place different from the usual shootings and robberies usually reported on. I also think a good majority of what they report is over reaction and fear mongering.

I am no scientist, clearly, but if I was a betting man, I would say this hurricane is going to veer East as soon as it touches or interacts with any sort of land.

 

I have heard it referred to as Hurricane Katrina, even though it is only a cat 2 storm and will lose strength like crazy as it reaches colder waters, due to its “un-ordinary” path up the Eastern Coast… Storm of the century… The Perfect Storm!!!!!!

I predict this monster will be out to sea sooner than it is projected… I also predict this storm to be nothing more than a tropical storm if it does travel up the Eastern Coast…. The waters around Boston are what, 63 degree’s? That isn’t going to fuel this storm…

Anyways… I love the weather…

I had a nice 5 mile tempo run earlier today. Kept it around 7:15 – 7:30 with two cool down miles…

Yesterday ran a super easy 5 miles

Tomorrow… NYD…

So far this week; 23.5 miles

Feeling good..

Cheers

11.5 mile first official long run…


Run number one in the books… 11.5 miles – 1.35 minutes…

Introduced myself back to my hilly route… Hill workout, long run all in one

 

 

It’s aggressive but a great training route none the less… That monster at the end was like climbing a damn mountain. Halifax and the whole province of Nova Scotia is hilly!!!

 

Wanted to maintain a conservative pace for at least the first half…

Now I am thirsty and hungry and need food!

Cheers

Fall half in the future….


It is becoming more and more of a reality I am going to be running a half on October 9th, 2011… http://www.valleyharvestmarathon.com/

46 day’s away…

I am not concerned about the distance, I have kept my weekly mileage around 34 miles, even while I wasn’t officially training and consistently running 8 to 10 mile runs throughout that period…

I am however concerned about time. I classify 13.1 miles as a race that falls between a speed event and an endurance event. It requires some pretty consistent pushing in order to record a decent time. With 46 day’s of training, I am not going to be following a training cycle just a 1.5 month cramming session…

Even though the first half  consists of a few dousey hills, the second half is net downhill with a flat 2 – 2.5 mile finish… Ran the full last year, can’t remember exactly how long that final road was… So this afternoon I am going to do official long run number one  11 – 11.5 miles… Nice way to start!

I am going to engulf myself in hills at least once a week, even though I know this is not going to accomplish a lot for training, it will make my legs stronger!

I am going to run the final few (possibly 4 – 5+ depending upon distance) miles of my long runs at goal pace…

Throw in some shorter runs (5 -7.5 miles) at tempo/ with a bit of speed…

And run all the others as recovery! 

I have run a 1.37 as a PB… With limited training, I would still like to accomplish a 1.35 or faster…

Have to see how it goes!

Cheers

2012 Goals


I recall posting my 2012 goals of hoping to achieve a PB in the marathon/ half marathon… I accomplished one of these, by 3 minutes, running a 1.34 1/2 a couple of weeks ago.

http://www.valleyharvestmarathon.com/

Don’t underestimate the powers of cross training… My preparation for this race was a 20k the Wednesday prior, and a bunch of treadmill running.

I have come to believe swimming is a runners friend :)

I don’t plan on running a marathon this year so that goals out the window but hope to improve my marathon time as well come May 2013.

 

Cheers

Wetsuit…


I never realized how important a wetsuit is to a triathlete until I jumped into the lake last night for an OWS.. With 18 degree air temperature and 21 degree water, it was a  little nippy getting in, but once dunked, I didn’t want to get out!

Have to start looking for a wetsuit! Such an expensive little habit…