Finally, some tracking

A while back I posted about a new pair of shoes and getting ready to run. Well I’ve finally started posting details about my runs on my site on a dedicated page. For those of you who care I’ll have all the information that my Garmin Forerunner 305 will track, plus a couple other details I’m interested in tracking (i.e. weight & BFP). So truly now, here we run again!

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Here we run again

runnersI woke up this morning realizing that I’ve got just over 4 weeks left until the half marathon I’m planning to run. Yikes! A while back I posted about training for it and well, due to various blisters, injuries and a lack of motivation I just haven’t really trained for it. Alas now I have to. I’m determined to beat my personal worst of 2:30 and change. That was five years ago with minimal training.

Today I decided to head out for a quick run over lunch and was happy I did. The path around the airport is nice and open with sun beating down, slight hills and elevation changes, and a fox to watch out for. Unfortunately returning to the office wasn’t so much fun as my left heal has once again begun to sport a blister. Crappy. So now this weekend is about heading out to buy new shoes. I suppose that it makes sense when I think about the miles these shoes have logged. I think they’re the same ones that ran the half marathon those five years ago. Not to mention they’ve hit a 5k in Amsterdam and even a quick run in Maui. Of course I’m hoping to run a full marathon in Hawaii later this year so new shoes will definitely be needed. It’ll be my first and based on vacation time and budgets I’m just not sure it will happen, but it’s still a goal. So this weekend I won’t be raising a glass of beer (I split 104+ last weekend with my brother) to toast it, but please feel to raise yours in honor of me! Happy running.

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A soulful run

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and this one will be quick, just like my run was. I’m back home at my parents place in Winnipeg for a visit and since I’m training for the Manitoba Marathon’s Half Marathon in June I figured that going for a run would be good. So I hit “the loop” again but extended it a little longer. 2.42 miles according to the Garmin and in under 24:00 minutes. Nothing too fast, but definitely a faster pace then at the higher altitude in Calgary. Further proof that the whole “train high, compete low” theory should prove in my favor. I first experienced it a few years ago doing a 5 km run in Amsterdam and only having run for maybe 10 minutes at the gym leading up to it. I was easily able to keep pace for the entire length.

Anyways, the post isn’t so much about that but more so about the houses I ran past in the neighborhood in which I grew up. I ran past the elementary school I attended for 7 years (K-6). Then there were house who belonged to Paul Carson, Tara Kelly, Chirag Hingwala, Jill Smith, Amber Bicherton, Lee Chu, Mike Anderson and Ronnie Neufeld…to name but a few. It really was interesting slapping my feet down on the same pavement I used to run the first time I trained for my first 2.6 mile Super Run back in 1987 (or maybe earlier). I was definitely long and lean back then and would’ve killed the pace at which I ran today.

Not that there’s a morral to the story, but there kind of is. Take time to watch things and reflect because before you know it, they’ll have passed by…just as I did to those houses.

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Run Forrest Run

While my friend was in town over the weekend we got talking. She just turned 30 last month and one of her goals has been to run the half marathon (a whopping 13.1 miles) of the Manitoba Marathon before turning 31. Since it only happens once a year – on fathers day – it has to be this year. We had a bet a few years back but neither of us competed on it. So I told her this year I will run with/against her. I’ve done the leisurly 13.1 mile run through Winnipeg before. My personal best of 1:41:23 (something like that) was years ago. I ran my first one back in 1991 and a few in between. The most recent completion was probably about 4 years ago in 2:30 and change…yikes!

So the conversation continued over glasses of wine and bottles of beer and I said that running a full, yes that 26.2 mile trek, is something I’ve always wanted to do. Living in Calgary gives me a distinct advantage in the “train high, compete low” aspect. Air is thinner at a higher altitude so the body must work harder. When competing at a lower altitude the air contains more O2 and thus the body works less…at least in theory. One of the lowest places I know of is Hawaii and I’ve known a few people that have run the Honolulu Marathon. So a quick Google search showed that this year the Honolulu Marathon is on Sunday, December 13.

It really seems like a great training schedule has already been developed. Train for a 13.1 mile race in the Manitoba Marathon on Sunday, June 21 followed by almost 6 months of additional training for the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, December 13. Who knows, I might just have to toss in the Maui Marathon on Sunday, September 20. Really, it’s just another excuse to hit the island paradise!

So watch the “Fitness” category for training tips and my journey as it slowly un-folds. And of course, feel free to plan some trips to Hawaii in the last half of ’09 and perhaps we can meet up on the course!

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