Way Out of my Comfort Zone, fast fun

Wow, two pretty fast runs, back to back….maybe speed training …..I feel it this morning, and I was still way behind the group I started out with, but that forced me to pick it up, and, well, a 6:16 per K was awesome..I needed that

It was an interesting run altogether, but perfect…I was wearing almost everything Brooks….I should start taking selfies….but my Brooks Glycerin 20s, my Garmon 945 (the best watch I’ve ever worn…it does everything I need it to do….except maybe run for me?)…..a Brooks jacket, even but Stance socks…okay, and an older Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon race shirt….

The weather is changing, it was a bit cooler, which in some ways is great…(it was about +8C) but the constant challenge at this time year is figuring out just what to wear….yes, dress for 10 degrees warmer than it is…but, well, I’m older, so cold does feel colder….

I was fine, I managed without gloves and a toque, but it’s almost at that time, and I think in the weeks to come, headlamps!

This is going to be a busy with lots to do weekend, with an X-Trail Series 12K trail race on Saturday…hopefully I blew off my race phobia with Sunday’s 5 Peaks trail race.…it’s a 9AM start, it’s a fairly easy 31K drive, so I can sleep in a bit…..and yeah, last week was awesome, so no real reason not to show up…

I’m still working around being old…I know, like today…I need my rest and I just can’t/shouldn’t run every day…..

So another great evening, today is all about chill…….tomorrow, the weather’s supposed to be awesome so will do something outside….bike and swim maybe, or run and swim, and then get a blood test???

I’ve something else to look forward to…..next week, I get to introduce a bunch of other’s to one of my Run Clubs…The SVAC Run Club…should be fun..and hey, apparently I’m a fit pro, who knew?

48 Days to BMO Vancouver.

If it wasn’t fun, why would you do anything?

A great two days…today even better.

yesterday, a SVAC Run Club with a friend…a fun 6K……I should have gone after for another 8K, but I guess I saved that for today…

It was another odd run…..at one point, I was just going to go for a random run from home, or nothing at all…but got dressed, headed for the Edmonton River Valley…a 30 minute drive, got out of the car, and just ran….picked an familiar regular route….it’s like having a favorite bar…..a place that’s familiar and comfortable….well, as comfortable as a run can be…and enjoyable

I was going to go for 12K, but you know, when you finish, you know you’re finished…and it felt so good…even the icy patches…..

It must be getting close to spring though…..my YakTrax have just about done their time..as anyone that’s ever owned a pair know, as soon as you’re on pavement/tarmac/asphalt the springs and pins start to break and fall apart…that’s fine, they have a lifetime, and I’ll worry about new next winter!

I’m hoping that as soon as the ice and snow disappears, that all the hard work over the winter will pay off…….I’m also tired wearing an awful lot of clothes…today wasn’t bad, but I need shorts and short sleeves………

clothes, much like routes, seem to become routine, comfortable. I think I’ve had this top for something like 3 years….swag from a race, a good race too….and it’s always nice when it made by Lulu…..

my fave Brooks tights, they’re starting to get worn, it’s been a bit of a challenge to find anything else…I like tight, I hate baggy….and a small zippered pocket in the back just the right size for a key or better yet, a key fob…..

any my handy dandy Garmin 945..….lots on it, I don’t think I’ll ever use everything it has to offer…but, it does what I need for multi sport………altitude or whatever, all I need is maybe pace, time, distance…..leg turnover and heart rate is nice to look at afterwards……

and time for new shoes…the Adrenalines have done their time over the winter…I do have winter specific Saucony Peregrines, but these fit into the traction aids perfectly, I’ll probably go back to Hoka’s once the ice is all gone……but I have to admit I’m thinking of switching things up…but nah, for the half marathon, yeah, Hoka’s just sound right for a long run….

this is going to be a challenge….my water belt….I don’t always want to lug around a hydration pack, this is enough……to keep me hydrated if I need, zippered pockets for whatever……this is about 10 years old, or older from MEC, but no one seems to make them anymore, so I’m sort of screwed…….am searching the internet….fingers crossed…..

Tomorrow evening, a SVAC Run Club night after a day at the office…hopefully a busy day at the office…it seems lots of people are being money careful…the cost of living is going up…..so think it’ll be a quiet place for a while…but, the weather’s getting warmer, more people will get outside, and we have a huge amount of new stock coming in…..maybe war will be over, peace will break out…..and we’ll just run?

Vancouver’s BMO Half Marathon is getting closer…….I have to work on my race day plan…..