The head nod

It’s been some time but I finally got around to updating my runs yesterday…mainly because after almost four weeks I finally went out for a run. Not to mention it was eight weeks until my first full marathon I’m supposed to run. While I was approaching the three mile mark of the run I noticed another guy jogging towards me, headphones on & music blaring. As we passed each other the head nod was given and received. It got me thinking about just how universal the head nod is. Maybe it’s a guy thing? I often witness it in the parking lot at work or walking by someone in the hallways while in conversation with someone else.

I’d be interested to know where else you witness the head nod and if you’re a woman reading this (woo hoo I have readers) then let me know if it truly is a guy thing. Guys, I know you do it but feel free to comment around witnessing the female species nodding as well.

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I’ve been thinking…

Yes it’s true, I’ve been thinking. Often this is something scary as the end result and it just may be in this case. As you may or may not know I’m off on a bit of an Eastern European tour. I’m sitting in the small town of Hostinée, Czech Republic right now. It’s beautiful here and so I plan to take a lot of photos. Of course, there was the connecting flight in London’s Heathrow airport that I got to spend a little too much time in as I missed my connect flight by mere minutes. Well, I missed the chance to check-in for the flight by about three minutes. I was not happy at first but took the opportunity to spend some time taking some photos and thinking. I haven’t had a chance to upload the photos or come up with a complete post around it but I’ll definitely give you a bit of a preview. It’s basically Canada vs. UK (or even Europe for that matter) and things that I know I’ll miss about this part of the world or that they’ve done right.

Honestly something as simple as actually separating the toilet and the shower/washroom makes perfect sense. I’ve yet to be in a home out here (and I’ve already been to a few) where the sink & toilet live in exclusivity alongside a bathtub or shower. To me it makes sense because it works. Just like low-flow toilets. Back home in Canada we’ve got this Americanized sense of entitlement that there will always be fresh water and a bit of a “who cares” mentality. One other thing I love…people are polite. Not only are they polite but they dress nicely too. Hard to find ‘scrubs‘ over here, unlike home…even in the office some times!

Of course I do my best thinking on my runs and finally had a chance to get out for a quick 3 miles today (or I should say 4.8 km). Everything here is metric…and I mean everything. I can’t tell them I’m 6′ 2″ (188 cm) or they look at me like I’m on drugs. Though the elevation is lower here then back home in Calgary, it’s a little more challenging as I have to watch for cars (pedestrians are truly seen as obstacles) and there’s quite a mountain climb initially. I’ll be updating my runs page off and on. The plan is to not spend a lot of time in front of the computer while here.

Oh and definitely one last thing I’ll miss that I’ll write about later would be the awesome selection of dirt cheap local brews! This country definitely knows beer!

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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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