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Around The Bay – See!! Told you I Finished!!

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

… and one last post about the Around The Bay race from last weekend, because I’ve never been on YouTube before (at least not that I know of), but apparently there’s a video of me crossing the finish line (around 35 seconds into the video, or right around 4:06:00 gun time on the clock above the finish line)

(okay, it’s not really an exciting video, but it’s all I’ve got for a Friday afternoon post)

Happy Easter Weekend Everyone!

– DO’G


What I Learned From My First Half Marathon

February 27, 2013 Leave a comment


I always viewed my race this past weekend as a “C” race – a training race.  Had I not raced, I would have done an equally long training run anyway, so why not jump into an organized event for the experience, and the fun.  The idea was to learn from it in hopes it will help me for my upcoming “A” race…

So what did I learn from my first Half Marathon?  Well…

February Races in Canada are Cold – No shit, huh?  But not cold like we’re all used to getting in and out of our car going to work in February.  Cold like it’s hard to figure out how to dress for the race.  “Do I wear Long Johns or not” kinda cold.  Which is fine, but it makes it hard to get the muscles to warm up.  Like any sane Canadian, I’ve been doing most of my winter training indoors on a treadmill – where I can stay warm.  If I’m going to race outside in the winter, I need to give myself more time to warm up.

Aid Stations are your Best Friend – There’s nothing like turning a corner on the race route and seeing a table with cups of water and some other branded sugary electrolyte replenishing-ish drink (no free plugs dropped here!).  When I do training runs by myself I carry a water bottle.  Even with my enormous 24oz bottle, it doesn’t get me through a 20km+ run.  And I have to carry it the whole time.  Supported runs with aid stations really do make running easier – they make more of a difference than I thought they would.

It’s Okay to Walk – I used to be quite embarrassed that I couldn’t run the whole distance of a race.  I used to tell myself “No walk breaks until I see someone else taking a walk break”.  That shit’s just not realistic.  Everyone (except those crazy-fast folks who actually win races) takes walk breaks.  In fact, walk breaks early help your legs stay strong late.  The trick is to listen to your body.  I’m not worried about walk breaks any more.

Hills Suck – Seriously.  Doesn’t matter if they’re early or late in the race.  If they’re early they trick you: you think you can attack them and they just make you more tired later on.  If they’re late in the race they tease you: you’re tired and just want to finish and suddenly you’ve got to climb one of those damn things!  Please!  There’s no shame in walking up the hills and running down the other side!

It’s Okay to be Last – Being last means you finished, and that’s seriously awesome.  It doesn’t matter how much I called it a “C” race – it’s really cool that I’ve finished a Half Marathon (so much different – better – than simply having done a 21km training run).  Doesn’t mean I didn’t race hard – but I gave it what I had, ran a Personal Best time that I was happy with, and I can’t control the speed of the field.

Race Day Will Make You Faster – I haven’t figured out what it is yet, but Race Day will always make you faster than your best training run.  And that’s a good thing.  Maybe it’s the crowd?  Maybe it’s volunteers, or distance marker signs, or pylons, or discarded cups along the roadside?  Maybe it’s knowing there’s a big clock ticking at the finish line.  Whatever it is, I find a gear on Race Day I can’t find doing training runs by myself.

After the Race, You’ll Want to Eat Everything – but you shouldn’t.  You’ll want to though.  I actually put on a pound after my race because I ate everything in the kitchen that day.  Sure, I just burned a shit load of calories, but it isn’t a free pass.  And really, when I want to eat everything in site, it’s not like I’m craving health food.  Seriously!  Gotta go a bit easier next time.

Recovery is a Bitch – The weekend before I did a 21km training run.  I was walking normal later that day and training again the next day.  But Race Day is different – that shit kills your legs for days.  Maybe it’s a byproduct of being faster on Race Day?  Who knows.  Either way, don’t expect to jump back into your regular training routine the next day…  unless you’re in a lot better shape than I am that is… I’m still hobbling.


Odds and Ends

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment
My new Mizunos

My new Mizunos

Finally got around to investing in a new pair of running shoes… actually, a few days ago.  It’s been a grind of a week.  I’m sticking to my New And Improved training schedule for the new year, but I’m finding myself really tired and out of energy as a result.  Really hoping this is just a plateau I need to push through – once I get used to the new routine hopefully I’ll have some energy (and a social life) again.

But until then, here’s a mailed in post of odds and ends I’ve thought about writing about this week, but haven’t had the energy or time to sit down and make a full post out of.  Enjoy!

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My wife has started making smoothies for breakfast before our 6:30am weekday training session (yep – 6:30!  Have I ever mentioned I’m not a morning person).  She’s been kind enough to make a big enough batch for me to partake, since lord knows I don’t have my wits about me enough at that hour to eat anything nourishing.  She puts bananas, Greek yogurt, mangoes or peaches, spinach, milk, flax seed, and some kind of pixie dust into them I think – there must be pixie dust in there because somehow I drink a glass and I stay full through my training session, but I don’t think there’s any bagels or pancakes or fried eggs or buttered toast or bacon in there, so I don’t really know how I stay full… must be the pixie dust…

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I was tidying the house the other day and came across a scrap piece of paper with a quote on it that I’d written down while watching an interview this summer with Simon Whitfield, Canadian Triathlon Olympic Gold Medalist (Sydney 2000) who had an unfortunate DNF in this past summer’s games.  I think I need to have this quote properly mounted or framed, because he hits the nail right on the head (possibly slightly paraphrased – there was a moment between when I was watching his interview on TV and I heard the quote and knew I had to write it down until I was able to find pen and paper…)

The fight is won, not under the lights, but in the gym, in the dark, in the rain

– Simon Whitfield

I’m not generally one for celebrities, but he’s one of the few athletes who I would love to meet and share a beer with someday.  I would love to talk Tri with him!

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My wife emailed me yesterday while I was at work and asked if I wanted to run in the Grimsby Half Marathon in 6 weeks.  Of course, I’m a crazy glutton for punishment, so I said yes.  After my initial moment of panic though, I thought about it a bit more: I’m currently 10 weeks out from my 30k race – running a 21.1k Half Marathon 4 weeks before then is not a bad idea (I’m in trouble if I can’t run 21.1k by that time).  My long run is already stretched out to 16k, with an 18k run planned for this weekend.  I’ll treat this as a C race – have a bit of fun and use it to get some feedback about how ready (or not) I am for Around The Bay.

Still… my first Half Marathon… yikes… (I should be anxious, shouldn’t I?)


Slow Saturday

December 8, 2012 2 comments
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Today’s a slow kinda Saturday.  I don’t feel like doing nothing!  It’s kinda rainy and overcast and COLD outside.

Today’s a perfect day to sit in bed and read a book all day long.  Or flake on the couch for a TV cartoon marathon (Undergrads anyone?)

Love this show!  Have you seen it?

Love this show! Have you seen it?

Instead I have to be a grown-up.  I get to spend today working.  It’s my last weekend before I kick my Christmas holidays off to an early start, so of course, there’s lots to do.  At some point today I need to brave the cold drizzle and put in 8k (Note to self: buy a treadmill).  And I should do some dishes too.  All exciting things… for sure… but what I’d really love is to put my PJs back on, make a cup or three of hot chocolate, and DO NOTHING.  All.  Day.  Long.

Tell me you don't want one.  Do it.  I dare you!

Tell me you don’t want one. Do it. I dare you!

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What would you do on a Saturday morning if you had no Grown Up responsibilities?

All is quiet

November 7, 2012 4 comments

Found this on a real estate website. Apparently it’s a street in Grants Pass, OR

I’m feeling a real sense of calm tonight.  The race season is over.  There’s nothing immediate to train for.  My wife and I went for a nice 5k run tonight.  It was good to lace ’em up again, and nice to go for an easy run.  We walked a few times, just ’cause we felt like it.  We had more of a conversation than we normally do while running.  Easy.  It was what I always think running should be.  Before the training plans, pace trackers, and intervals, there’s easy.  There’s fun.

As nice as it was to go for a run without a plan – and it was – it’s starting to feel too quiet.  I feel like I need a plan.  I need a goal – a race to be training towards.  I’m trying to tell myself to relax.  To enjoy the quiet.  To enjoy the off season.  But I still need a plan.

I’m working on a post to reflect back on the 2012 training and race season.  And another post to plan for 2013.  I think those are going to take a bit more time and though than most of my posts, so they may wait until the weekend (work gets in the way during the week… *sigh*).  So until then I guess I’ll continue to enjoy the quiet… or try to, at least.

Do you enjoy the quiet time after a goal?  Or do you jump right into the next one?

Mailing in a post

September 19, 2012 1 comment

Came across this picture posted by someone on Facebook. My first thought: “I wonder if that’s ‘Race Legal’?”

I’m totally mailing this one in.  I got nothing, but I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve posted that I should write… something…

So… umm… Running is going good.  I ran my 7km today (actually 7.69km ’cause apparently I can’t do math and run at the same time, but if you’re gonna get it wrong, longer is better than shorter, amiright?)  So far I’m completely on pace for my half-marathon training plan.  But they’re getting tougher.  The stats don’t show it yet – my pace is a pretty consistent 7.5 minutes/km, but I’m feeling tired.  The legs hurt a bit more each time.  This is what I was kinda worried might happen.  So there’s that…

What else?  Oh, I lifted weights today.  That was fun.  I phased resistance training out during the last few weeks of my Tri Du race training (kinda by accident, kinda by work/time restraings, kinda by laziness) and I’ve been slow to get back on the horse.  It felt good.  I dove back into one of “The Iron Strength Workouts” listed in The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies (a great book my lovely wife bought for me for my birthday several months ago – seriously go check it out, if you want suggested workouts, or information about various athlete injuries, or just a weird bedtime read).  Holy cow those workouts kick my ass six ways from Sunday.  Seriously.  I have a love/hate relationship with burpees.  So there’s that too…

I’ve been working on a nasty head cold for about the past 5 days (sorry to everyone who was at my table at the wedding this past weekend… you’ll probably start to notice it in a day or two, if you haven’t already).  This one’s been a doozy.  I think the worst part about head colds is trying to fall asleep.  I can tough it out during the day (although my wife may take issue with that statement), but falling asleep congested SUCKS.  It sucks especially when you’re planning to get up the next morning for a pre-work run… or maybe it gives you an excuse to sleep in… I guess it’s a matter of perspective.  But I really honestly am trying to get into a good running routine, so it sucks… I think…

I started using my calorie counting site Lose It again – I’d kinda fallen off the wagon on that one too… since February.  But I’m back.  Today was interesting – between my Iron Strength Workout and my 7+km run, by the time I sat down for dinner I still had a negative caloric intake for the day.  Salad planned for dinner was delicious, but did very little to put a dent into a full days allotment of calories.  What am I gonna do with all those available calories?!  Beer it is, I guess…  Cheers!  Tonight’s selection is a Big Wheel “Deluxe Amber” (whatever the hell that means) from Amsterdam Brewery.  I like it – it’s distinctly more drinkable than my usual preference for kick-you-in-the-teeth-hoppy IPAs, but in a good way (maybe I should start the occasional beer post?  ‘Cause that’s totally related to Tri Training, and learning to get off the couch and in shape… right… but it still might happen, for those of us who won’t ever be Pros or Elite racers, there’s an element to training/life balance that could be fun to talk about).

Okay – that’s seriously all I got for tonight.  My beer is empty – time to get another…

What do you think?  Should I start a segment about beers?  I could call it Pizza and Beer Fridays… I might even post it once a week (maybe) 

Lose It!

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

So, the other day while dicking around at work working really gosh-darn hard, I stumbled across Lose It!  Seems like a reasonably slick little site.  A way to track what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising, in terms of a net calories per day model, with an aim towards a weight loss goal.  Simple enough.

Reminds me of several other methods I’ve tried to do the same thing (or at least something similar enough).  I found it actually worked, so long as I stuck to it.  For me, it’s not so much about a daily calorie allowance, blah, blah, blah… it’s about accountability.  My rule to myself is: I can eat anything I want, as much as I want.  I just have to write it down.  No diet, no rules, no wagon to fall off of.  I just have to write it down.  And in writing it down, I see how many other times I’ve decided to eat crap (or extra crap) that I didn’t need, under the excuse of “I can eat anything I want”.  Even if I’m only accountable to myself, it seems to work.  Of course, it would work better if I was accountable to others as well (so to that end, if anyone else out there wants to use it or check it out – feel free to keep an eye on me 😉 )

The problem is, there is still a way to fall off of this wagon.  It’s only good if you keep it updated.  I do like that this site has a phone app for updates on the go.  Of course, it’s great to wave this flag as the difference from previous crash and burn attempts – I’ve been using this site for one day so far.  It may still pewter out like so many attempts before it, but I’m allowed to kid myself, aren’t I?

– DO’G

EDIT: Apparently the term is “Peter out”, not “Pewter out”.  Guess I’ve been saying that one wrong for years.  But really, that’s stupid: what the hell does “Peter out” mean?!? (yes, I know, I can look it up pretty easily on the internet – I’m being rhetoric)

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