after 26 years of running I've got a lot to share…
I've been at this for a while......I'm a semi-retired Rail Roader, who now spends his time working in retail at our local Running Room in St. Albert Alberta Canada. I'm a husband, a father of 3 young adult kids, two whom are autistic and a little bit of a focus and take some time...I retired in 2014, with a goal of making my daily life a variety of running, biking and swimming....I'm also getting older ...currently looking at my 63rd year.....my life at one point was all about music..playing, writing about, some TV work, some freelance writing...and now, I sell shoes and instruct clinics.....I actually began instructing/leading clinics, everything from Learn to Run to 5K, 10K, personal bests, half and full marathoners since 2006 for the Running Room, and have never stopped, and have now added virtual instruction to the resume......I began running/biking/triathloning in about 1996...since, after my first 5K I was hooked....so marathons, half marathons, every triathlon distance you can think of, including the Canadian Ironman....I've done more then a few off road relay races through the Rocky Mountains, raced in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, and New York City.....now, I like sharing...there's nothing better then seeing someone achieve a goal, or that light bulb goes off to discover that running can be enjoyable and fun......I've always been have been a mid-packer, I'm not someone that wins races, I'm where almost everyone else is...I do this for fun.......my future is my kids future, being their dad...but also, being involved and helping others achieve those dreams
So yeah…watching a live vid on YouTube…after a day of Runnin’ and bikin’ the trails of St. Albert, da ‘hood!
A fantastic morning run…and somedays that just what you needed…..I always like getting that kick in the ass…..a small group of 4, two that I know are roadrunners to my Willie E Coyote….and yes, a few times I needed to back off….but, still, at 63 year old running a bunch of kilometers at between 5:30 and 6:45 per……and had so much fun doing it….
The plan was to be a 10K run…we ended up around 12K…’cause I have no idea why, I thought I had the route planned out to the inch…..maybe we took one or two of the wrong turns….but I need that, I so much need that….
Always….and yes I’m reliving my youth…….but it seems like that was my best time…..running lots, not caring about distance, or where…just a group of friends, running…and then heading out for coffee afterwards…..
It was always about just being active…..you know what? Not even that…..just doing rather than watching maybe?…it was just that things just clicked……
I don’t know how I feel about leading, organizing, mapping out routes……I guess I’m okay with it….leading from behind at times…but it is all about having fun….
I seriously could never do the OMG we have to run 10 hill repeats this minute, and not tomorrow…or the schedule say 5K, and nothing about running through a river or a creek……..but that was fun…
I didn’t actually train for Ironman Triathlons, Marathons or Death Races…I just did them….a part of the whole having fun while doing……what? you wanna do a 200K Ride to Conquer Cancer bike ride?…why not?……..will there be coffee or a beer at the end of this training/not a training ride?
I’ve a couple things on the goal this week, whatever…..the run club runs may be a bit of a surprise for a few, but Tuesday and Wednesday evenings should be a blast……but I like that, I like the idea of going back to where I was just doing, not thinking…….idea to action….
this was me
should be now…….
so a great day, run, bike, chill, and make it social…….so, back to the future!
Yeah, I’m going to try this one more time……failed miserably the first two attempts.
I think I just added to many things to the challenge, ’cause I guess the best bet is to stick to the 5 goals, diet, workout, water, read, and that daily self portrait……
I’d added that 4 minute cold shower, the cutting out caffeine, sugar, and eating garbage…..and, well, I do love my Starbucks…so kicking that was maybe a mountain way too high?
So back to square one….I’ll have to make the other goals maybe 75 Day Hard 2.0? the next 75….?
Today’s Saturday, I had planned a short run, but am feeling a bit stiff, sore and well…tired/worn out….
After this morning’s Zoom meet with my 5K clinic with our guest speaker talking about the value of foam rollers, and breaking up that fascia…..it felt like the right thing to do….
Am wondering about step number 3, drinking a gallon of water a day every day…that’s a lot of plain water..and I guess I’m not allowed to include my coffee intake in that number…can I sip a gallon of H2O?
And working on this Blog….I’m still not sure where it’s heading….
Aiming at races, working thru what being an aging runner guess is part of it…
it feels like the concussion is gone? I can’t remember when I stopped waking up with a sore head, so that’s a positive….training, well, it’s not going the greatest….I’m still figuring that out
I’ve come to the conclusion, that rest and recovery is kinda important, and I should pay more attention to that part of the equation……with my run clubs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and trying to bike on two of those days is wearing me down, and I have to fit swimming into the schedule, strength training, foam rolling and stretching into the package as well…that’s a lot……
Lately, because I’m spending so much time instructing others on the art of running….and because most of those listening are female , I’ve taken on the challenge of learning as much as I can on the subject of women and running…and boy, there’s a lot to learn…..but I want to add to that, um, research, and starting digging into me….being old, 63 years old, and how to work with that, look at others that have been there/done that……there doesn’t at first glance doesn’t seem like much…..and what there is, well, looks like applies to those that haven’t yet taken the first step…which a little frustrating…..
This week was okay…Monday an easy 10K in the Edmonton River Valley, and yes I needed that..and that was after hitting the weights……so a good day……I should have done something in the evening, even a walk would have been good…..but what should I, and can I do…..
Tuesday, a bike ride to the office, sold some shoes, and then a 5K with my Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club crew afterwards……a struggle, the group that showed up were pretty quick, so I had to put in a bit of a hard off-road effort
Wednesday was more of the same…a ride, selling shoes and another fun run with another group, my Running Room group….
After, on Thursday, my head said rest and recover, so did…….didn’t want to, but it felt like the right thing to do, listen to what the body’s tell you, right?
Yesterday, Friday was okay…….hit the weight room at SVAC hard…..I really needed that,
and after, a great day selling shoes at our Running Room store
a run yesterday, or today, may have been good….but yeah, I have other things to take care of…and also, I seem to be suffering from seasonal allergies, which really hasn’t bothered me much for the past 2 years…but yeah, I may have to hit the over the counter drugs….so, will work that out on these pages…I do know how this works, I blow my nose about a million times, eyes get dry and itch like crazy, and I wheeze a bit…..every year I try to run through it all without any help, oddly enough the best cure seems to be just a bottle of Coke?………
The goals remain….Edmonton Half Marathon, Victoria Full in the fall…..Warren Runs a Marathon?.……
Will see what tomorrow, that long run Sunday brings…an easy 10K is planned, brings….
And yeah, just working out how to be old, at least until I can figure out a way to be 18 again?
I’m 592 days away from entering a new age group….when did this happen.
I don’t feel 63, I don’t want to be 63 (do I have a choice?)
I have no idea how to work with being, well, in my 60s? What are the rules? how am I supposed to dress? how am I supposed to act? What music am I allowed to listen to?
And the big thing…the big elephant in the room?
What are the rules I need to know as a senior runner, as a triathlete?
I’ve been digging through the ‘net, reading everything I can find (there ain’t much) a few books help, a bit…but either they’re aimed at someone in their 50s, or they spend a lot of time explaining that we have to be gentle, be careful, and take a lot of naps….I ain’t going there…
I do have goals…I always look at different training plans….yes the goal is a half marathon in August, I wanna go for a 2 hour half….and then in October, Victoria, I want to break 4 hours…not huge goals, but, I’m well on my way to turning 64?……can I and how do I?
I know, just by current experience, I have to make sure I recover and rest; I need to watch my nutrition, and yeah, that recovery thing……
I’m feeling that today……I managed to run 3 days in a row, nothing crazy; a 10K, a couple of 5Ks, I’ll hit the gym tomorrow for a bit of strength training, which should help with everything else..then maybe a run later in the day to make up for not running today….and then Sunday it’ll be time to go long…..
Is there a training schedule a workout schedule for me?…at my age? I’ve yet to find one for myself…
The struggle right now is to try and fit everything in..and still rest…..
this is my bible..it sort of focuses on people in their 50s, whom are just kids, but older faster stronger, sure…
I have to say, for the most part I feel okay…as I’ve posted before, the training and running from the Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club (SVAC) has helped…it’s a pretty positive place, I like the weight room, and those that have been joining in with the run club has helped my emotions, I feel positive…….the Running Room Run Club on Wednesdays is great too…..there’s a lot of planning, emails, posts……but, well I like the work…
I’ve got to work on the stretching and foam rolling..I think the strength training is helping……but it’s the social thing……..
So tonight, sleep, strength tomorrow morning, a run in the evening…….Saturday I’ve got my virtual Running Room run clinic to instruct, with a guest speaker talking about the power of foam rolling, and then a run, or maybe it’s time to get the bike rolling for a short bit….then Sunday, the SVAC Sunday morning run club, I better figure out the distances…….and then chill…..maybe a walk, but, it’d be nice to get the bike out as well…I’ll post……
Do I feel old….YES….I’m sore, I take a while to recover, there are days when I’m not sure I do……the legs hurt and ache a bit right now……the concussion does feel a bit better, I don’t wake up with a headache so that’s good…but, well, every so often, it reminds me, that the fracture, the head, still has to be looked after….but, well, what’s normal, what’s good, what’s right…so, yep, still exploring..and how do I get quicker?
I’ve been listening, reading and following everything for what seems forever. A ton of information, advice….so much information, conflicting, every other day or week there always seems to be so much more to learn, more to learn; more hydration, less, the right nutrition, real food, gels, you need gels…Gatorade, nope, water, nope water isn’t good for us…..and then, well, everything starts all over again…..
And yet; you wake up, you stop in at the gym for a workout. Then you go for a run, an easy run on a trail/route you haven’t visited for a while…and it’s just a run, you just go for a run
You run, you run some more…you recover, cross train, and that’s all it is, just a run. Just go for a run.
Why else would we do this…….if we didn’t enjoy it, if it becomes work, something we had to do, why would anyone. We run, because we run….it’s just something that’s clicked.
I teach others how to do this stuff….yep, going over all the usual topics, use guest speakers, personal trainers, and then, well it all come down to, just asking them to run…to run for fun, to enjoy the run, to run because they want to, not because they have to.
This won’t cause anyone to lose weight, we don’t all have the ability or the desire to win or race, just run…cause it feels so good.
Seriously, would you do something for almost 3 decades that you didn’t like doing……..it is fun….
I keep aiming at goals, some times I make them, sometimes, maybe not…but, that all feels just as satisfying…….
Yes, I’ve bailed out of a few races, DNF-ed two biggies, a marathon back on 1998, and an Ironman Triathlon in 2009……I still ran 20 miles, I did completed two thirds of that triathlon…but, that’s life, real life right…you learn I guess….but whatever, just do it, do what you can….and be fine with that…..and go for whatever’s next.
I’m retired, comfortable….life at home…..a lot of other things going on, but just doing what I choose to……
And I am having the time of my life…….
I choose what I want, and enjoy, like todays, run…….a run, just to run
This was once me…..2004, Vancouver Full Marathon. 2:04:55..I was 45?
Then me, Victoria, 2006, 4:09:47…..I’m 47?
I miss that cap…..and this is me, now, an 8K 2022 at 63, 55:42…..now, old and slow….
At least I’m stopping my watch….
The next goal……the Edmonton Half Marathon in August
This was me in Edmonton doing the Half in 2006….I’ve run it a few times since, but this was a 2:14:47…not bad, can I at least do that again?
And yes the big goal is back to Victoria, for a Full Marathon, in October…..a long, way, away…..but the training, is on-going..
Today was a rest day….volunteered for a local race, the Leading Edge Run Wild…..gotta give back. I was going to do the 10K distance, but they were short volunteers, and well, without volunteers, events, races don’t happen…so took one for the team, and hey, I still got a t-shirt…..
A new week is about to begin, I’ve a busy week planned, three run club runs, a few on my own, some strength, some swims and some time on da bike……so it’ll be a good week to get back on the horse…
So I know where I was, now to keep going ahead……I just getting older, nothing I can do about that, but I can keep doing what I like and need to do….just be me……..ask me what I do and I’ll tell you I just get older……….an old Murray MacLauchlan tune…..but so true…I was so much older then, I’m younger then that now….Bob Dylan had it all right again……
Teaching Run Clinics, leading Run Clubs……just making and having connections, friends……that’s what helps me keep on, and keep active…tomorrow, a trip to the Edmonton River Valley for a fun/hopefully 10K……..there may be a swim in there at some point….time to celebrate summer, and to stay as active as a 63 year old can get…
This may be it…….I just like doing this. I like being active, busy, just doing stuff…the more I do, the more I want to.
Yeah, I like getting into the pool, and for some reason hitting the weight room as well, inside…
But, on one of the bikes……..get me outside
Even just for a walk….all good…..
26 years…I’d like to say it’s been longer….biking and swimming has always been a part of my life, endurance, hiking…being outside.
37, maybe younger, and now..63…..and still feel the same, even more so.
I guess it’s all about doing, not just watching……yes, I’ll watch, tomorrow, volunteering at a race, handing out electrolytes and water to runners taking on a half marathon….then I’ll go for my own run…
Today, instructed a 5K clinic, listened to, and talk about strength, nutrition, hydration….a good way to start the day…..I’ll post a bit about nutrition more tomorrow….I actually learned a few new things, things I think I knew, and you learn everyday…
the weather is great, the roads have gotten cleaner…..time to get on the road…and yep, the next goal, a 10K Canada Day Road Race on July 1st, and then the Half Marathon in August…..
Feeling good, feeling better…and getting out side that’s what make this worth, just being….