Friends and doing stuff with others…reflecting

I like doing stuff with other people….I don’t always do that, and there have been times when I haven’t been the most reliable person in the world, but whenever I can, things always seem to work out for the better.

This weekend was a perfect example……a new Friday evening Run Club

With someone that hasn’t run with us for a long time, but it was fine..even though just under 5K, broken up into 3 and 1s (run 3 minutes, walk 1)….the smile on that face was worth it, a bit of fitness for all..it all adds up, and we get to share what we love to do…so all good……and something I’ve always done, so bringing stuff back to where I’ve been…..and one more Run Club to add to my weekly schedule.

Saturday..out on the bike with more friends….it was so much fun, enjoyable….50K, I wasn’t that quick, but when it was my turn to set a pace, it felt so good…..again, something I used to do every Saturday, so nice to get back to that…….

At this point in my life/family commitments, I can only do this every second Saturday, but making that commitment, and being able to gather others to do something, felt right……loved it…for me, everything I’ve done, races, triathlons, marathons, has always been more about the journey than the results…it’s about doing stuff with others, with friends, making those commitments.

And then yesterday’s 10K (I should have gone further)……but, we had a Sunday group……that worked!

We had people!…….this worked out so well, and for a lot of the run…even though dead tired, I did feel strong, and just at the start, just felt so good….right..and running with friends, old and new…..

This is kind of what my life used to be like at it’s best……it’d be so great to get back to that..just running, biking, swimming, working out, yoga……eating, groups, a variety of groups…..is this the start of getting back to that?….Hope so.

Recently someone asked me what the secret to this life was, and right from the start, as much as I like my me time, it’s about being social…..doing stuff with others….while chatty Cathy time doesn’t really work in the pool/lake…or really on a bike, but it’s doing with others, starting, finishing, during…this is kind of how it really started and took off for me….joining in with a Saturday morning group, a group that carried me along…all those years ago…hopefully now, I can share that somehow…….

The one secret too, has been doing a lot of stuff….that was when I was in my best shape ever, nothing scared me…..and I’ve said this before, but I never really trained…I just did, stuff…..biked, ran, swam etc……I mean, why not?….I don’t know if I felt fit, but it felt good…and everything else fit in, work, family life….just life felt good, maybe the secret to a good life, a life well lived…….so, am I back to that?

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I’ve Been Busy!!!!

Yeah…this has been a pretty great week, it’s only Thursday, but just keeps getting better and better

so far this week…..bike, swim, bike, sell shoes, bike, run club run, another run club, spin and strength, swim, and teach a 10K clinic…….it don’t get better than this.

Yeah, I could use a shave…..but again, I’ve been busy, and seriously, how many showers can one man take!

the two run clubs were a blast….not a lot of people showed up, but enough….I like this leading thing…and who knows, I’ve started down this road to becoming a certified personal trainer, actually my course belongs July 1st….I guess I’ll just get it done and see….what’s next?

This morning’s spin and strength was a blast…60 minutes of a lot of intervals, with weights at a couple of points during…..now I know why there called skull crushers.

It just hit me today, I have a 10K race in just a week…..yeah me!…Canada Day….kind of looking forward to it

So far 2022 has been fantastic…….love the way this story’s going

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30 Days to Vancouver. Luckiest Person on the Planet

seriously I am…the luckiest person on the planet…….life is good, so what do I have to bitch about….

seriously it doesn’t get any better…sure, if I won a lottery…but still, I feel good…

better than I did this morning…that ugly concussion headache gave me a little misery…but throughout a busy day selling shoes (I’ve for some reason become pretty good at that…I guess an old guy like me is someone they can trust?)…..the ache went away…and after an easy 5K-ish run, I feel even better….

Just booked a parking spot for my car at the airport for that final weekend/first weekend of May..so I am going…even picked out the first restaurant I’m heading to for lunch, so a good sign…

Running has become good…maybe it’s having a new location, new routes, new paths, trails and neighborhoods helps….the commitment to the Run Club – I have to Run – so no matter what Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, I have to show up ready to run…making me consistent, and hopefully setting a good example…

the snow’s almost gone, or is going somewhere…..

Selling shoes and matching people up with shoes is kind of a challenge……an odd one, trying to convince someone that the shoe they like the looks of is exactly the wrong shoe for their feet and knees….sure, you don’t love the colour – yes colour – but it’s a tool, you need that right shoe!

Some customers make you great to feel alive..they get it, they’re runners, there’s something in common, and they get that nothing, NOTHING, feels like that right shoe…..once that’s found, that’s all you need, that’s the shoe…

And sometimes that shoe can get a little pricey

wore my new shoes, the Arahi’s from Hoka today around the store, sweet..and then wore the old pair through the snow ice and mud tonight..and made all the difference in that run

I’m not going to say that right shoe will make you quicker – for me it sometimes does – but it means no issues, no knee issues, no blisters….no nothing, you don’t even notice the shoes as you run…you just run…

Tomorrow’s going to be a rest day…maybe a walk……and the countdown is on

and oh yeah, I begin again instructing yet another Running Room virtual clinic….love ’em…people in a lot of locations across Canada and I’ve even had a few from south of the border (it’s virtual, people from anywhere can sign up at runningroom.com)……it’s always interesting…it seems this one, a 5K specific distance, has fewer people in it so far…but just gives me a chance to be more personal…more social….so looking forward to it…

Running shoes, Running Clinics, and Run Clubs……I guess running’s becoming my running life…….so good!

58 Days…..an evening at my Running Room

This is home, my comfort place, where everyone knows your name……even on a quiet night, no matter how badly my day(s) have been, it’s where I feel my best.

Yes, there are a lot of Running Room’s, this one is and has always been different……it’s not just a store that sells running stuff…..we’re a run hub….everyone that works here runs….everyone…so not only do we know what we sell, and use what we sell, but, well, what do runners like doing more than running….talking about running…

We run with everyone…name a group in this Edmonton reason, one of us have run with them….name a race or fun run…that’s us……yes, Leg 6 at Sinister….yep, whined about the Ambler Loop at Death Race, yeah, experienced that too…..

we even have a pot of gold…..

the way this works best is, we sell what we have, and we have what we sell…..and, we’ve finally got trail shoes!

Gotta love Hokas….one one, and yep, Speed Goats!

yep, I finally made it out for a run today…….don’t I look happy……lots of snow, sort of like running in really deep sand, but not…..

I’m possibly going to bail still……I need a long run, 12-14K long to get back on track, and to have a consistent weekend at least…I may reset aiming at another half marathon on May 15th….but, I really need this trip to Vancouver for May 1st…but he stars are really going to have to align to make this work….I have run half marathons with not of a lot of training, nothing more than a bunch of 10Ks…..and seriously, it’s just four 5Ks…..so, thinking about it.

and tunes, yes we can listen to music at the shop……Aftershokz….love ’em…

Tomorrow’s Saturday….a short early morning run planned, my virtual learn to run clinic, we’re talking about Iron and nutrition with Amy Puzey…..should be interesting…

then the goal is a total of 12K on Sunday…maybe split into a 5K and then something more after the Run Club Run……at least it’ll be an active weekend, maybe it’ll make me feel better by Monday…time to get the head on straight……come Monday, it’ll be alright..

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67 Days until the BMO Half Marathon

so, blew off a training run today…..I guess the cold temps scared me inside, so hopped onto the bike trainer and did an hour, and some strength training after….but still, I could have used a 5K.

I did manage coffee and tea without sugar today, but too much coffee, and I think I ate way too much crap today…..I’m staring at an apple now, should have made that my snack today, not, well, garbage in the form of simple cheap carbs…..my head and body needs less of that….

and I know this…..not sure how many times that has to be beaten into my head……..but at my age it’s getting more and more important….real food versus simple garbage…..

This was me over 2 years ago…..my advice to all…never ever fall on your head……yes that was and still is scary….knocked out, didn’t realize it until later….and yeah, as my physio told me after, I was really really lucky, any harder, and well, my wife would have been a widow.

Two years later and I’m still dealing with the aftermath, post concussion syndrome they call it….it’s not constant, but every so often my head reminds me that it’s in charge……and no one seems to know when the headaches will go bye bye…….some days are better than others, and most of the time, being active helps….at least during, the morning after not so much sometimes…sometimes the head says you’ve done so much, and yeah, sometimes balance, nausea becomes my morning’s……..

I know caffeine doesn’t help, and maybe sugar is part of the problem, I don’t know for sure, but it wouldn’t hurt to give that a try…..I’ve got 67 days to get to a race, an in person race, and the first since I cracked my skull open…..something to celebrate on May 1st hopefully.

I know that a spin on this machine isn’t the same as a run, but I also need to cross train…the endurance training helps, as does doing lots of different stuff……..it seems that back when I was doing lots of stuff, in a large variety of places helped…..I always felt fitter, and my life was all about doing, rather than being a viewer……so I need to get back to that….strength, yoga, bike, swim, and run….and social……

That social thing is about to become overwhelming maybe….as well as working at my Running Room, and instructing virtual clinics, I’m about to be in charge of a run club at a local fitness centre, which is really, really cool….I get free use of their facility..so lots of weights and classes, and yoga….and, well, I’ve just been told looking after a run club at my Running Room store, is, well, in store…so more running, and I’ll get paid to run……so lots on my dinner plate, but lots of running, and lots of social interaction……so all good, and heading into a positive direction.

It is almost the end of the week, another week….I need to pick things up, and hopefully have a busy 4 days ahead…….I’ll have to make it so

and yeah, without sugar….