Posts Tagged ‘training’

Fathers Day

In Thought of the Day on June 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Today is Day Zero? Day Zero of my marathon training plan. Zero is less than one of course, in most circles zero has no value. Today is Day Zero because it’s Fathers Day. As it turns out the marathon was a gift for Fathers Day from my wife. Inside the gift bag I opened this morning was a box of Clif Bars, two pairs of running socks, a couple of Clif Shots and the receipt from the marathon entry into the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon (bucket list).

I have being floundering in my running lately. Sporadic is an understatement. I am actually scared to look and the mileage I have racked up in the last 4 months. So what gives? Why such a fall from grace. The list is endless but I don’t want to make excuses, I am responsible for me.

So when I opened my gift this morning I was dumbfounded. I thanked my wife for such a gracious gift and immediately my mind began to calculate dates, times, paces, schedules, and plans. Fear and anxiety came and was quickly replaced by confidence and bravado. I can do this.

The day continued on. I made the family breakfast. We went to the store to buy some flowers. We went to the cemetery and paid our respects to my wife’s dad. Tidied the house and packed for my trip to Edmonton. All the while thinking, planning my next move. Hanson’s or Higdon? No time to run today.

Lacrosse at 3, the last game of the regular season. Thank God the end is near! Coaching, managing, scheduling, executive meetings have taken its toll. The game was a loss and created more problems then anticipated. We are seeded last heading into the playoffs.

Running has always been my solace. My fortress of solitude! I needed this and although I am a father, husband, volunteer firefighter, coach, podcaster, and part-time philosopher, nothing can replace what running gives me? It is intangible, unquantifiable. I love it and it loves me back, most days.

Thank you Jen for giving me the spark once more


Week 2: Snow

In Training on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 am

It’s all in the execution! With week 2 of 2012 now in the books I covered 35 miles as planned but it was a stretch. Two days left in the week saw snow in my hometown for the first time this winter. The first night saw about 5″ of snow which is odd for the west coast which usually sees rain from November to February. What is more usual is the snow never melted and it just kept snowing. We are now on our third day of snow.
From a runner’s perspective snow always presents a bit of a challenge.
The snow budget in my city is next to nil. Like I said it rains from November to February.
I’ve been to cities that have a great snow budget. It’s probably one of the only redeeming qualities of Edmonton. I can run freshly plowed sidewalks for miles in Edmonton. In Mission I can’t see sidewalks and to run the streets means to share single tracks with the cars who have never heard of the term “snow tires”. Who ever coined the term “all season tires” must have lived in California.

So I finished up the week on the treadmill. I’m one of those fortunate enough to own his own. It’s clunky, it’s loud and best of all it was free a hand me down from my mother’s fitness resolution some 15 years ago. So when they down sized homes 8 years ago I adopted a treadmill.

Its a love-hate relationship. I love to run but I hate to run on the treadmill. I love the fact that when the weather gets ugly the treadmill is there for me. Yes, I realize this relationship sounds abusive and if the thing had feelings it would have left me long ago. But it has to be really bad in order for me to want to run in place on top of a rubberized moving platform. So there I was 7 miles on Saturday and 6 1/2 on Sunday, finishing the week with 35 miles exactly my target goal!
This week will be a stretch a quick trip to Edmonton where it’s -27C right now. I will be back tomorrow night. A one day trip to Kelowna and then home for two days. The forecast for home is snow all week. The goal for this week is 40 miles. I’m going to take it one day at a time because just like the weather things may change.

The journey of a thousand miles . . .

In Training on January 11, 2012 at 5:30 am

I believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it. I believe that you can push the envelope of human physiology as an experiment of one. I believe in the 10% rule. The rules states that you shouldn’t increase your weekly mileage by more than 10%. The rule has also been used in terms of stretching the limits of your long run. I believe in the 10% rule but I also believe the limits can be stretched beyond 10%.
I’ve been a runner for 28 years now. I’ve had injuries that were both chronic and acute. I have done some dumb things in training. This may be the dumbest thing I am embarking on or it could prove to be of great benefit.
I am stretching the 10% rule. I am stretching it to about 50%. I have run the past 2 months averaging about 3 to 4 runs a week. My weekly volume has been about 20 miles. Last week I ran 32 miles. I’m not completely stupid, I plan to only run 35 this week and 40 the week after.
So far the feet are a little sore and the ankles a little achy but other than that I am good to go.

What could you do with 2,500 miles?

In Training on January 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

2500 miles in one year:
48.07 miles per week.
6.83 miles per day everyday

A podcast friend of mine finished off his 2011 running campaign with just over 2500 miles (I believe it was 2518 miles but don’t quote me). The effort was purely inspiring and I for one of many am always impressed by his fitness. What was impressive was, with 9 days left in the year he had 85 miles to break 2,500. He doubled his daily average for 9 straight days to seal the deal.

To run 2,500 miles in one year is daunting. To look at the number on in January is even more daunting. I don’t necessarily want to run 2,500 miles in one year. I love to run don’t get me wrong but 2,500 miles can be represented in many other ways.

2,500 miles is 416 hours and 40 minutes of running, that’s like 17 days 8 hours and 40 minutes of running based on a 10 minute per mile pace. That’s like Hmmm, well what else could I be doing with that time?

I could be watching every episode of first three seasons the Big Bang Theory end to end excluding commercials 12 ½ times.

Or about 116 games of major league sports whether its football, baseball, or basketball based on a 3 ½ hour game coverage. That’s about 2.2 games per week every week.

Or compose about 20,000 tweets plus update my blog, Facebook status and search for deals on Craigslist!

I guess my point is there are a lot of non-life force generating activities that I could be doing instead of running. Running is good for me. It creates “Flow”!

I think my “A” goal for this year is going to be 2000 miles. I will be happy with that. My “A+” goal will be 2500 miles. I’m going to break it down into achievable benchmarks to make I’m on track. I’m not going to simply divide by 12 and say this is the monthly goal. I am a believer in slow build to a peak period (periodization) a recovery period and start the cycle again.
My first benchmark is the first 5 weeks of 2012. My goal is 200 miles by February 5th. Five successive weeks of 5 mile increments: 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50. At that point I will re-assess.