some morning’s you just run….

I so wanted to sleep in this morning…..I am so sore….I think doing weights on Friday morning is responsible for that….the Friday evening run helped, the long-ish bike ride yesterday felt good…..

I just don’t have a lot of mornings where I can just ignore that alarm clock, so when I have that option, it does feel good……but today wasn’t that.

I did get that dreaded email from the SVAC club telling me this morning’s run was cancelled because not enough people had signed up……but, well, when I say I will show up no matter what, and yep, 5 joined in this morning knowing that…and it felt so good

again a fantastic week…I do have to get back to my studying and learn this Foundations in Fitness thing – I kind of took a week off, because?…….It’s interesting stuff…learning all about the plans of motion, which bones connect to which joint, and how those bones and muscles and tendons move is so interesting, and if this leads to something – maybe leading spin classes, or whatever – that’s fine, but learning more and more is a good thing I think.

I’ve been catching up on the Tour de France Femme every day, over and over again, and so inspiring….I don’t know why I think this, but women racing or competing just always seems so more exciting and entertaining..yes, I love the Tour de France, but this is so, well, do-able…yes, these women still ride quicker than I can even dream of doing, but they just seem to make it so sensible….I find that for other events like the Rugby 7s, or women’s hockey, soccer, skateboarding, skiing…..it’s the same….women compete with just that…..I’d like to see if others feel the same, and what the difference is….just entertaining?

Now watching, eating, studying, and planning the week…..I know someday I’ll have to take a day to rest and recover….but it’s a holiday tomorrow, I’ve got the day off….I should do something…so, cross training…ran today, so may spend some time on the bike and maybe in a pool if I can find one open

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Time to cross train…..

A great morning……friends came for a ride, and I couldn’t bail, so a great thing!

And it brought back a lot of memories for all of us, or at least some of us…about a decade ago this was our life…….Friday night, swim and then go for food………Saturday morning’s we’d all gather for many epic rides……every Saturday from spring to fall….some Saturdays did begin with an open water swim and then a ride, and a short run after…and yes, then more food…..and Sundays, long run Sundays…and yes, coffee after…

It was a lifestyle…..that filled our weeks, our weekends…I really miss that. Is this a start of bringing this back, I don’t know, but this 50K ride felt so good..

It was a bit of a tour and some site seeing

I didn’t even know this was here; apparently a wedding was beginning….what we saw looked amazing…

The ride back to the beginning was perfect…I managed to put my head down, put the peddle to the metal, and flew……I know I shouldn’t always do that…whenever I feel it’s my turn to lead, I always feel my job is to set a pace……and well, watching the Tour de France, and the Tour de France Femmes inspired me…

yep, after a Friday that involved pumping iron and a short run – even though I have to admit the legs feel sore and tired – today just felt right.

It’s been a great week….a nice run last Sunday, on the bike Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday….runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and tomorrow……I haven’t been able to hit the pool yet this summer….finding somewhere that has free lanes for us actual swimmers has been a challenge….

So, am I on a path?…I have no idea, but, feels so good

The way a day is supposed to be

Now a day that felt great…….

started the day with a morning at the Gym, the Club, the Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club and hit the weights……..a good solid hour, moving from one body part to another……tried a bunch of stuff I hadn’t for a long time……cross bench pull overs, made friends with the smith machine…benched, shoulder presses……by the time I was done I was done………

then this evening a short run with friends

the beginning of a busy weekend…..the run was good, short, easy in the hot hot heat……but it all adds up, a little bit of fitness, eating and hydrating well before during and after…and I feel so good!…..it feels so right

tomorrow, a morning on the bike…..looking forward to getting on the Felt for about 50K

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it’s been a good week..but cookin’

oh boy is it hot!……don’t notice it much when on bike or running, but as soon as you stop it’s HOT!

But, it depends where you stop….yesterday evening did an easy 5K with one of my run clubs, after meeting up with our Brooks rep for a shoe test……it was a good route, a lot of it along the Sturgeon River, some parts had tree cover….and after we were done, we had a bit of a tech talk, learned a lot about the Brooks Glycerin 20 and the 20 GTS (go to stability) which was really cool

and yep, there were free snacks and some give-aways afterwards…a good evening…and in the park it kind of sweet, not many mosquitos…and may have sold some shoes…

It’s always random who shows up at these things, I’m guessing the +37C temps kept people away, but I thought the shoe test/talk would have brought out a few more…..maybe next time?

I’m kind of juggling a lot right now…..two Run Clubs, Wednesday evenings with this Running Room crew which has been fun, and the on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I’ve got my Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club crew….

And now, I figure, why do something Friday evenings..so starting, well tomorrow, we’ll see how that goes….and yeah why not?…..

This has been a good week….a Run on Sunday, 10K in the heat

I managed to get the bike out for a good spin through the Edmonton River Valley on Monday

Tuesday, biked to and from work….a good evening 5K with speedy Karen (the cool thing about running with quick people, I eventually get quicker/stronger too)

Wednesday…bike to the coal mine again (it’s not actually a coal mine, it’s my Running Room store)….and another evening with the 5K crew…….and I was pretty worn out///

which means today is a rest and recovery day…..63.5 years old does that, gotta recover….and yeah, get caught up on chores and laundry……in this HEAT!

A pretty busy three days coming up…….bike, swim, run, bike, run and swim…..homework (learning all about exercise analysis?)….it’s interesting, and I’m learning stuff…it may take me two tries to complete this Fitness Leadership course, but the hell, I’m already smarter than I was weeks ago…so all good…

I’m not exactly sure why I’m taking the course….maybe at some point I can lead a spin class, and when I instruct run clinics, I’ll have more knowledge backing me up..and I’ll have that word certified at the end of my name…which I guess could be a good thing…

So far these last few months I’ve got my CPR training, I now have my first aid certification – I hope I never have to use either – and I’m training more consistently then ever….I’ve actually lost weight, which I never actually planned on doing, but it happened…..I feel stronger some times (it’s all relative)……

I still feel a little lost some times…the Run Club thing isn’t always huge….I’m not sure if I want more or fewer shifts at the RRoom store, and I need a tribe….so am trying to work on that….

I have had various tribes, but, well, people drift right…..

I am a bit more focused now…..I know a little bit of what I want my road map to be like……and just building, working, being the best I can be, in my 60s…I understand more and more what that means as I get older……I don’t always feel older, I somedays feel 18 still…but, I will say that I am better now than I ever was younger…I’m actually finally getting more mature……but yeah, it’s still about getting busy, knowing to recover, rest, more water than anything else…and to, well, chill more….

Tomorrow, I’m still not sure..but the plan is a morning ride somewhere…..if there pool has a clear lane I may swim……and evening run with the Friday night Run Club….Saturday morning a group ride…lost of homework………Sunday morning Run Club, perhaps 12K, and maybe a swim, or more study time……it’s at least a life

I have no idea where this is…but lots of porta potties!

An Okay Day

Okay, way too much grey hair….or is it gray hair?

A good morning run though…after the week from hell, and a back that had me thinking that it was time for a truss and lots of drugs, a 10K this morning was fine….I wish I’d been a little quicker..but done, and feel good about it….

It’s a day/morning when you’re glade to be alive. a group of friends, a beautiful morning….a quiet run with a good group of people, living well is the best reward.

and OMG, we had six run with us and our Run Club this morning……5 of them, really, really quick….

I’m looking forward to a good week……I’m not working a lot, I’ve 5 days pretty much to do as I want….so will make use of that……tomorrow’s plan is bike and swim, making dinner and learning all about the planes of motion, joints and things like abduction and adduction.

A weekend. My kid’s birthday…and my back

yes…my son is celebrating being 30 something today…..my daughter is almost there….I do have a third, I think she took this pix…….but yeah, my two kids…both are autistic……

Have to say, as they grew up we’d always hear that ‘it must be hard’……it wasn’t/isn’t, it just is….

It seems harder now….actually ever since they finished school, and as they both, and as we try to help them navigate the world….find a life for life…….finding employment is pretty much impossible…..Jim has had a few jobs, but there’s always the issue that he’s not like everyone else, and other’s/his employer not understanding that, and what that means…..

And friends….Sasha has never really had, so it’s just us…Jim has, but they’ve all grown, moved away, so he’s struggling as well…..you try and put them in places where maybe they’ll make connections, but again, they’re different.

It always surprises me when one of my friends cross paths with Jim……he’s pretty stoic, but friendly…he will say hello, and they do introduce themselves..so that’s good….but, well, my wife and I are not spring chickens, and this as time goes by is all new to us too…every day, month, year….and the future is not set, or comfortable…….

Jim I think will be okay as time goes by…he’s pretty independent, but, you worry….work and money and life………and Sasha, there’s nothing really for her…..when we’re gone, what happens to them?

This isn’t the Rain Man, this isn’t a movie with Tom Cruise…….real life….it’s not comfortable, mostly it’s something that keeps you up at night, you always worry…….

I’ll have a lot of time to think this weekend…..decided to let my back heal…do a lot of stretching, some yoga…and head out for that run on Sunday…..being older, I have to make sure that I look after myself and be able to run for life……

it’s about getting ready for the future…mine, and the kids

Women….a session that was eye opening

So, yes, I’m instructing a 10K virtual clinic..lots of emails, and one Zoom meet a week.

Tonight as that night……

Interesting thing.

I’ve been instructing clinics since about 2006, and the one constant, that more women in each, fewer men…almost to the point where it’s rare to see more than a man in a clinic…..

And yes, I’ve instructed every level, including a few run clinics for breast cancer survivors….

Up until recently, there’s a topic I knew a bit about, not a lot, and it’s something I didn’t think about approaching….

A few things changed that…..first a book called Older, Faster, Stronger by Margaret Webb….

amongst a lot of things, that book introduced me to older master female athletes like Gwen McFarlan and BK McHugh

Then someone mentioned another book called Roar by Stacy Sims and that opened my eyes even more…..

female physiology…way too much to go into in a blog, but things that do not get talked about a lot…until, lately.

The talk, my guest speakers were amazing, and even though female specific, I learned a lot, and one thing I learned for sure….I need to know this information as long as I coach and instruct clinic..be aware and be comfortable with it….and yes, the make use of guest speakers….

Men and women have differences, nutrition concerns are an issue too…we go over that next week…..

Another rough day, back is still an issue, but yeah. a good day…

not a great Back day…….

A fantastic evening…..we gathered for an evening run….me and 6 others, and well, my back spoke otherwise….

It was building through the day….woke up with a sore lower back…and even the bike ride to the store this morning didn’t fix things…..

we met at 6, and well, I took a couple of steps…I thought once we started moving I’d be fine…..but, not tonight…

I guess it’s time to visit the chiropractor… and figure out what the hell…

This is not good…I’ve had back pain before, it’s not constant, it comes and goes…but hasn’t been a problem for a long time, and now why?……..The long bike ride last week, running in my new footwear on Monday?……what?

I do know I have to start working on this…..actually what I said about the chiropractor.. I’m not a fan, so maybe a physio instead…..but I have big plans for tomorrow……a bike ride, a swim….if time a run, and then a virtual clinic to instruct tomorrow evening, dig into my studies (actually I’m into anatomy right now, so at least I’ll have some idea what’s going on and why this back hurts at a variety of spots …. occasionally.

I keep thinking doing more, building up the strength in my core may stop this……and just keeping active….I had planned on stair repeats tomorrow, but a bike ride might just feel better…..or fix this?

I’m a runner, a group leader…this is bad, and cannot keep happening…..so the fix is on…..

And it was such a good day……I road the tri bike, my Felt to and from the store, and that felt so awesome..

That Felt felt right…..I’ve been using my mountain bike a lot for the commute…….why waste $2 a litre gas to go to work…

but either way, it beats driving…

hopefully, a good night’s sleep will help….and I’ll try again tomorrow….yet again

w

Love training with someone quicker than me

and younger……..I’d post a picture, my training partner this evening was way quicker than me…so no time, and it would have just been of Karen’s backside, so would have been kinda creepy.

But all good….it’s forced speed training……I’m forced to run at a pretty uncomfortable speed…but

it works because in order to run together that speedy running partner has to slow down a bit to all I can do…and as we progress throughout the run…I get a bit quicker, and by the end we’re running together, me at her pace…..a great unplanned tempo run….

Today was a better day……lots of homework/studying anatomy……interesting stuff. a lot of it is a little overwhelming, but I’m got until the end of August, so there’s lots of time…..

Had a good day at the office selling shoes, I got a lot done, we grabbed a lot of new shoes throughout the day, and the bike ride to and from gave me a little more fitness…it’s not a long ride either way, but the hills seems to make my training rides easier….always…

And tonight’s run…..I still am struggling, I don’t seem to be able to recover (is this an age thing?)

Tomorrow, strength training, a few hours at the store, and then another run club run tomorrow evening………..so, life at times is okay, I just have to continue to try and figure this stuff, life, out

w

I Hate Me

Yes, I’m pretty active on social media, and every so often someone reacts to something(s) I’ve posted and I feel okay, or just odd.

A while ago in one group someone said they liked my posts, and even though we’d never met, even though members of the same runners community, she said she’d like to someday run with me, because she thought it’d be fun…..

I’m not fun…I know that…..I’m more of a challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, I like/love what I do..I like leading and following groups…I like running with others….I like sharing, but I also know that I’m odd, and not everyone’s cup of tea….I always seem to make a good first impression, then everything falls apart as time goes on..

Things at times seem to be going okay, but this stupid heat is dragging me down a bit today….I managed a noon 10K run…..even after a shower, I was still sweating……and it was hard, a hard hard run……..it would have been better to go out earlier, but because of a meeting I was kind of stuck with what I had……..I love the route, and maybe it was because I was on my own, on what would usually have been a rest day…..and I think from now on I carry my hydration pack, I ran low on liquid way too soon…….and maybe a 2nd gel would have helped…..but it’s done, I got outside and took care of a run…so as always, that strength is gained no matter what is done

that pace was not good…but it is what it is……it was a day where I didn’t even look at my pace or whatever…the only number on my watch is my heart rate, and then I look when I’m done…..

had a little altercation with someone who thought he owned the road I was running on…there has to be an asshole at some point….it seemed the further over I moved, the more to the right he drove, it looks like he was trying to aim…..there’s no excuse for that….

I also ran in a shoe I seem to be trying to make work…the Altra Paradigm….I still question the lack of cushioning and if that’ll work for me…but, well, I noticed that at the start of the run, not so much after about 2K….but, yeah, my left foot ended up pronating way too much…I can feel that in my big toe even now, almost 3 hours after the run..

my goal is to run this route until I actually get to see a train go over that bridge……kind of scenic….

Now to get back to the books…I’ve a few weeks to learn all I could possibly need to know about anatomy……I’m starting to have second thoughts about all of this, I’m going to go through everything to the end of August, but am thinking this may take more than one shot…it’s been a long time since I have had to study anything, and my study strength, needs a little work

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