It doesn’t get better than this

You wake up

you bike to work……you sell some shoes, you stock the shelves, organize the storage room, you bike home…….you go to your run club, a quick – really quick – 4K…’cause, there’s hockey!

I gotta say, I’ve never felt so good….doing stuff, with people……and by myself.

I don’t know it’s because I’m now almost constantly active, because it’s summer – almost – but I have never felt so positive…

Maybe that’s the secret…just doing rather than just watching, a do-er, not a watcher…….it’s not about being fit, it’s not about trying to be the best at everything……or anything, it’s just getting off of the couch,

and just doing…….taking those deep breaths.

not the prettiest picture, but, feeling good…..do you sit on the beach, or do you dive right in…

yeah, I am stupid old….63.5, but it feels like, every day it feels like I’m playing……I don’t think about anything, or what, I just go……this isn’t about becoming fit, or eating healthy, just, well, playing….

I think I’ve figured this thing out…

and an admission……last night, I woke up, and thought, maybe I’d give up…….give up on the Run Clubs, retire from my Running Room job……a low moment…

then this morning, hopped onto the bike, rode down a few paths….and, well, never felt better…..and worked hard…for 5 hours, without missing a beat….doing something I love doing…..

and then tonight’s run club…sure only 1 more runner, but, a run….another positive….all positive

So feeling fine, living, outside in the sun…..walking, running, biking…..getting stronger every day……

a life well lived, that’s it’s own reward….

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a day I really didn’t want to run, but

So yeah, after a hard run on Sunday…yes, only 10K, but a hard 10K…and a busy week/weekend…

I just, well, went for a run…5K…..and it wasn’t pretty….well, it was a beautiful day … the sun was out, lots on the trails, people on bikes, I hit every off road part of this loop….and yes, it did feel good, well the sun did

I know, I know…rest, recover………..and yeah, maybe active rest….but, well, what I do when I don’t really want to run…..

I did have other plans….maybe strength, a weights workout……maybe a swim…..but, well, I drove round a bit, thought about a few different places to begin….and well, I always end up at the same place.

An easy 5K…well, easy-ish….I know, I just made tomorrow’s evening run more of a challenge…

and yeah, the strain will continue through the rest of the week…..yes, I know, I’m 63, not 18, recovery takes a bit more time….and maybe I could have or should have just gone for a walk…..but it felt so good!…..kind of..it’s what I would have told those in my 5K clinic to do….but some days you just wanna be 18?

Tomorrow’s going to be another day, after a good night’s sleep, an easy bike to the office and home, and then a 5 or 6K run afterwards….maybe something slow……and yes, feeling sore, and tired does feel great…

I just know what comes next…….bring on the lactic acid!

Best Year of my Life?

Okay, so 2019 was right up there…..working my dream job, the manager of our Running Room, the ring master, in charge, an amazing staff…we had our annual 20 Minute Challenge…and everything clicked, it was an amazing day in July

I think I even went to the Folk Festival that year…..it was all good, so good…yeah, I did try to quit…

but hell, I even made it to Vancouver (I think my second time that year) and ran the Sea Wheeze!

I’ve had a few less than stellar years since…some moments that were okay, others, let’s not talk about them……moments of pleasure

Now 2022!

I’m more active than ever…something has woken me up..maybe being 63 has scared me….I made it to Vancouver, back to Vancouver finally…..

I’m running 2 Run Club groups, 3 days a week….instructing lots of virtual clinics, and getting positive vibs from that…..and yes, all that has seemed to inspire me…….lots happening, and am spending a ton of time outside and moving, pumping iron on a regular basis…..bikes, running, walking all so good

and I feel good…good about myself…..I love making out routes, training plans…organizing guest speakers, doing all I can to inspire new to this stuff, engaging and meeting the expectations of others….

and still selling shoes….yeah, some days, some issues, but then you get that customer, those customers that engage you as much as you hope you engage them…..every day I talk to others about races, events, training, share stories….talk gear……..wow…..hitting everything right on the right spot……

Okay, so I still haven’t cut our coffee and sugar, am working on kicking out milk and dairy, for some reason that cow stuff just isn’t working out for me…I am drinking everything black now….so good, and I’m learning lots, expanding my mind….all good.

The staff I work with, fantastic, supportive…and inspiring..

so, my 63rd year on the planet…….not so bad………yeah, 2009, 2010 were pretty good, two Canadian Ironman races, the NYC Marathon…….and lots of other out in the sun sunny things…….but 2022…it’s in the top 10

As I’m pulling up dandelions

A rest and recovery day.

So why not spend it pulling up what I’m told are not weeds…..

This is getting tough….

Not a lot of hours at the store selling shoes – I guess lots of sales, but also a lot of staff needing hours, but whatever….I’ll use the time to train….I’ve still got 3 Run Clubs to keep organized, and hope people show up, some days are great, some not so, but at least there’s always a run, and yeah, will continue instructing virtual clinics……finish one, begin the next……

and races are coming up that I’d like to do…will see how the life schedule works out…

I am in training, I wanna do lots of stuff, as much as I can, and be a dad and a husband at the same time….

there’s only one thing that I guess depresses me….yeah, married with kids, but, I can’t say I actually have a friend.

yeah yeah, I run with people, I occasionally work with people, and well, there’s Facebook, but someone, anyone I’d call my BFF……..not sure why that is?……..hey, I think I have friends…time to get more social?

I guess I’m just not someone anyone wants to be friends with….

Sometimes being alone is cool, you feel a little content…….but, 63, and no one, is kind of odd…and way too often, lonely….

It just is what it is?

I’m sore in a lot of places today…..it’s after a good week, maybe even a great week……looking forward to tomorrow, and next week……looks like I’m going to have a lot of spare time in June to train and do what I want…….so that’s good, maybe my goal should be not to do it all on my own….

It was a Beautiful Day

A pretty good day….a pretty good two days…….

Still out there on my own, but every day, getting stronger every day and enjoying every minute of it…

I love this…..this stuff, this is why I do what I do…to have fun!…I really spend a lot of time trying to get new runners into that part of this….it is what’s kept me at this for almost 30 years…the fun, if it wasn’t fun, why on earth would you do anything?….it’s gotta give you joy!

I’m almost done yet another virtual clinic, getting ready for tomorrow morning’s Zoom meet, and well, this is where this is what it comes down to…just getting out, outside – I’ve never had the same feeling with a treadmill or an indoor track run……doesn’t matter, the middle of winter, a rainy day on the west coast, unbearable heat, just getting out, making up a route as I go along….a vague idea of the distance, whether it was a speed or a hill repeat day…….it’s just running

okay some days it’s me in the gym, rolling the roads on a bike, or in a pool……but doing something, anything, living, and not watching someone else on TV

I wish I new the secret beyond that…..why does it feel so good to feel so sore?……..because, at the end of the day, it just feels like living…..and lovin’ every minute of it..

You have to want to, not have to….that’s all it is really isn’t it? Not much of a secret, really…but how do you share that?

Sure ran fast, or run far if you want to, figure out the way, then work on the how….or learn how to play more than one chord and play a symphony…..

Tomorrow, a rest day, a chance to catch up on things I needed to do during the week…….catching up.

And writing, walking, and I guess it’s my turn to make dinner……and be a dad and a husband, not just a runner, I guess

and yeah, maybe it’s time to shave….

I Get to RUN!

This was my Wednesday!

This was my Tuesday

This was my Sunday

I get to run……that’s now my life!…how cool is that…….

Yes I sell shoes…but that’s just part of my story……it’s matching people to what works, fixing things, and well, running…

And then today, I got to do this

Ride around my city, St. Albert, on my mountain bike and to just enjoy life……

life us just feeling great….lots of positives, nothing negative….really…

just doin’ stuff and getting fit, as fit as a 63 year old guy can get….

A Funtastic Day…………all around!

What a day…..a ride to my Running Room store, sold some footwear, lots of footwear etc…….short bike ride home……and then another run through the trees……life doesn’t get any better.

I think I may have sprained an ankle………maybe, I’m 63 so who knows…I’ve run with a fractured lower left fibula, so us runners are tuff, or just stupid…

I could do this forever…..just this…..I get to do this stuff….just run, bike, work out, sell shoes….

living my life…

yeah I could stick to training plans, I do what I’m supposed to do…….but this I it, this is real

tomorrow, wash, rinse and repeat…….

23, 153 days.

I have been alive for 23,153 days….that’s a lot of day….a lot of time…..I wonder how many anyone can remember?

How many of them have been great, how many were fantastic, and what percentage have been a waste?

The next question….how many are left?

I’m going to say maybe not that many……

Is it a waste to look back? Can anyone learn anything from what has gone before leading up to now?

There’s that line from Game of Thrones about everything done before has lead to where we are right now, it’s where we were meant to be, or going to be?

Can anything in those 23,000 days be changed?………..I guess, all someone can do is the best with what’s left….

So, say I live to 100?……that would be 37 years…about 13,000 days…..a life well lived in just over 3 decades?

What is a life well lived? How do you judge that?……

Like the Monkees once sang, tomorrow’s going to be another day?.…how do I make it one that counts….

I have no idea…I know I’ll be selling shoes for 5 hours, I’ll be biking to the store and home..I have a run planned with our Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club Run Club…….should there be more?

I keep referring back to this thing

an I don’t know if this is a road map…..but, I guess I’ll start talking, taking a lot more pictures…and I do need to get more social….and plan more family time, or just do more family time?

hay hay hat

Sheryl Crow rocks, and yes I’ve had a great day!

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!

75 Day Hard Challenge Senior’s Edition?

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?

Warren

am I the only one working out how to be old(er?)