13 Days to Vancouver….I suck?

another day I didn’t run…should have, could have, didn’t…WTF!

I whined instead….no care giver, had a few house chores to do, and whined…..how bad does this suck, I’m watching Brittney Ran a Marathon or something…..instead of running…

Also followed a blogger who ran the Boston Marathon this morning….so instead of running, I watched the pros, cheering others on, and didn’t….

I’m the king of lists, the king of making to do lists, and not doing anything on that list…

Seriously, what is wrong with me…….years ago my life was get up and go….why can’t I do that now…..?

I was better the older I get…how do I get back to that………?

The goal was the Vancouver, the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon…..now, the 8K?

I have no excuses, sometimes just life, but it seems like, going nowhere fast?

It’s spring, summer’s coming…I’m instructing others on how to do this stuff…but, I cannot get myself to get going……I’m leading two Run Groups?….I can encourage and cheer on others, just not myself?

I have a lot on my plate…so many opportunities, I have options, and time….I just need to get my head and my ass into the game…but how?

Going back to Vancouver, I’m hoping will kick start my brain…..I really need that, a reboot…that’s only two weeks away……but will that work?

The list for this week…a run first thing before breakfast, 5 hours at the Running Room, then at 6PM, Run Club at the Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club……….so busy, but doing things I like…but will I?

Wednesday, a swim, a noon-hour spin class and then the Running Room Run Club in the evening…..I may have loaded up the plate, but years ago, I would look forward to that……..I’ve gotta commit!

Thursday….a bit of strength work, a short run…hopefully a swim…..

I’m planning joining a walking group in the afternoon, but maybe…….

Friday, strength at the Club early…..another 5 hours at the store….and then the weekend…….running, instructing my virtual clinic, yoga, and then a run with the club on Sunday, and a swim

A lot of stuff….I just have to do…will I?

My recent history, doesn’t sound good……..I load up the plate, and cannot eat it all….how do I fix that?

Tuesday is another day…..the morning run doesn’t have to be far, it just has to be..

I know…..I’m older…..I do have a few issues…..a little over weight, high cholesterol, and enlarged prostate…..and I’m always tired………but, well, when I am active, I feel great, positive…..happy..

I don’t know how I get out of this funk…but, well, I have to…I have to make every day count, and know that, I’m only a year and a half away from 65……this has got to be my time…and I have to enjoy, and focus on enjoying life…..

Today, yeah, frustrated, there was a bit of a hiccup today, that I need to get over……tomorrow’s another day, another chance to start fresh……I need to give myself permission I guess…to be happy?

Anyway, tomorrow

62 Days. Training week 9, of 18.

My 2nd Sunday in a row without a long run, or a run beyond 10K…..

Began a new run club yesterday, which was a blast…a fun group, and a good start, a good beginning.

Had on planned on continuing on for 7K afterwards….but well, social, coffee afterwards….and my plans were derailed……..which was okay…

For the first time since the beginning of 2020 and COVID, I woke up for a run early on a Sunday, and I was excited to do so….this morning not so much……it was amazing how quickly, after waking up for an 8:30 run every Sunday morning for almost 27 years…….so it was nice to get back to that, and rebooting that habit…

I know I have to go out first thing, jump out of bed and run….but today was an example why that doesn’t happen; a medical appointment at 9 o’clock, and then, well it’s cold out yet again….not all that sunny…not all that appealing…and I’ve got no get-up and go today….so, maybe tomorrow?

I’ve altered my schedule for this week, for today…I got out for a short 6K fun run at some point, and that felt good….I picked out a route with a bit of climbing, so not the mileage, but the extra effort I think sets some of that off, and balances out the whole training package.

Saying that, here’s this weeks schedule, week # 9 of 18…..there’s lots of time to get back on track, I’ve got the experience to know what I need to do (run!)….and just be active…cross training, building that endurance is important overall, and getting stronger.

Monday        Feb 28tha 6K fun run
Tuesday        Mar 1stmaybe 10K early effortless – the a 5K run club run in the evening
Wednesday  Mar 2nda post to get that blood work done 5K steady run, if time SVAC weights!
Thursday      Mar 3rdHill Repeats early, first thing…..and if done in time more weights, or just a spin later
Friday            Mar 4thAn easy 10 and a swim and possibly a visit to SVAC for weights!
Saturday       Mar 5th4K steady run…a 1 hour spin on the bike trainer.
Sunday         Mar 6thA run club run and a long effortless run to get to 14K afterwards, and possibly a swim…

I have to admit, the focus is off, I think organizing and being involved in this new Run Club will inspire…..I’m sure it will….more runs with people around me…..the weather is getting a bit better, hopefully more and more of the ice will disappear…..and we need more sunny days…

a nice advantage of a run through a new to me community, on a path I’ve never been on, is catching up on the neighborhood news….apparently yoga’s a thing and so is, well, people not picking up after their dogs…good to know..

This should be a good week…I’ve got a lot of plans, a few other things planned, so training should be right on if not close to those planned ……

with just over 60 days to go, head down, and time to focus on the goal…

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the news sucks, so gotta turn that TV off

I should know better…..never, ever watch the news…..I just get hooked.

Instead of getting my ass outside, I woke up, and have been addicted to watching what’s going on in Ottawa today, and well, about 10 years later I finally said FU, flipped over to the Olympics, is where I should have begun…..something to inspire….

What gets me going when I haven’t got it…watching people doing stuff I could never hope to do, but tells my head…hells yah, get your butt out the door! You’ve a half marathon to do, and a full on marathon later!

Just rewatching Cassie Sharpe rock the freestyle today…I have no idea how these people do what they do, but how can you not watch and be inspired……

Spent some of today thinking about things as well…my shoes, the cold, the wind, all the ice all over the place….this is a slippery place to run……..I don’t think I’ve run at all for almost 3 months without some traction on, the winter grips aren’t even really working…….lately it’s been YakTrax on my Brooks Adrenalines……and I kinda like that…yep, the pins feel, or at least sound harsh at the points where there’s no ice to grab, and I’m still not sure what the springs do, but I keep moving, I’ve had a few quicker runs…..

The key is, it’s not a different shoe then I’d normally use, I just add some traction….they feel right, and unlike some traction aids, the YakTrax don’t crunch my toes together….so all good…

Lately the weather’s been an issue, not what you’d think, but too warm…I do not have an in-between jacket, so if it’s cold, my NB jacket is great, but as soon as it’s about -10C, it gets warm too quickly….

and yeah, I like Lululemon………does it make me look younger?

So, it seems like I look towards changing things up every week…but this weekend I have not a thing planned other than my virtual learn to run clinic tomorrow morning…we’re talking injuries, so should be interesting…..and a 4 maybe a 5K run early, and a spin on the bike trainer later on in the day….

and then Sunday, gotta lace up and go…..the schedule says 10K, maybe…..not sure where I’m going to start and finish, but I may go longer….I need to kick my butt in gear and get ready to go longer, and get used to the longer hours moving….

That BMO Vancouver isn’t going to run itself..so, gotta train, and if I want a good time, well, like yesterday, I’ve gotta do hill repeats, and Sundays, I’ve gotta go forever…right?

63 – 92 days to Vancouver May 1st

A rest and a day to contemplate.

The day began with a Zoom call with my Learn to Run group, with a guest speaker, an accomplished local athlete, ultra marathoner and beyond……..inspiring, motivating, and yeah helped me focus, and provided the same to the 79 in this clinic….or at least for the 30 that joined in the Zoom.

It’s been a rough week, a lot of things that seemed to get in the way of training, but, well listening to Natalie, I realized the problem wasn’t external, it was internal….and I know this, it’s not a mystery.

I actually have a lot of spare time…..a lot of spare time…..sure attending to this group, I’m like a personal trainer to 79 people, so that commitment takes time; as kind of a house husband, I do have things to look after at home…..at least groceries and meals and day to day things……but still, I have all the time in the world to run, bike, and swim to my heart’s content…..the only restriction is me.

I’m going to make a commitment to next week, January 31st to February 6th, to schedule and make use of each and every day…..when there’s nothing else to do, train…..maybe not endurance, but enhancement….yoga, weight training, deadlifts and good old planks……..but yeah…..run, bike, swim, and repeat…..

The focus right now is the half marathon in Vancouver, the BMO on May 1st; if all goes well, the Leading Edge Half here in St. Albert on May 15th……..

Even though, I keep on thinking about after….do I want to run a full marathon, is a triathlon part of this year’s goals?

I hate saying things, that sound like; I think, maybe, hopefully, I’d rather say I will……

There are a lot of variables. maybe I’ll just stick to goal after one goal is made, so yeah

the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, that starting line at Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday May 1st…and, can I do 2 hours?…….I did 1:51 many many years ago….

You know what? I think this blog has me thinking, I guess that’s why we write them, or maybe why I do?

Vancouver May 1st..the half……the goal, the Victoria October 27th….and the real goal, 1:51…..

I’ve only run the Goodlife Victoria Marathon half twice , I’ve run the full marathon there 3 times…I must like the place….my best time in Victoria for the half was 2:00:06 in 2008, my worst 2:19:00 in 2012, I still have no idea how?…….my current best training pace this year has been 6:46/K for a 7K run…..but my average right now is just over 7 minutes a kilometer…..no where close to where I need to be……so time to buckle up….speed training, intervals……but how about strength training and cross training……..I’m in

focus….planning….and, well training…two races, 6 months apart……yeah, I’m in