Thursday, September 20, 2012

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. ~Author Unknown

I have my Army ½ in Ottawa on Sunday. It is perhaps the coolest ½ I like to do as the crowds are awesome and seeing some of the participant’s run/walk/and pedal despite horrific physical disabilities is truly inspiring. Gives you pause to think about what you have as opposed to what you don’t have.

As I have mentioned before, I am doing this run as part of my training for my County Marathon in October.

So here is the quandary… I go all out   “or”  do I back it down and just go at an easy pace?

This debate has been going on in my head for the last week or so as my training runs have been awesome. The temperatures have been cooler and I popped off a 14.12 miler last Saturday in just over 2 hours with 1 days rest and refueling with only water. I followed that up on Sunday with a 7 miler at 37 seconds a mile faster than Saturday….fairly close to my ½ PB race pace.

I promised myself after my last marathon that the new goal would be to finish “and” finish healthy. I cannot and WILL NOT go through 6-8 weeks of IT Band issues again. Once was enough. In fact, I will walk to whole damn thing than force the issue again.

So, will going all out affect my training for the County M? I have 3 weeks between races and will be tapering down in about a week and bit after anyways… is it a big deal?

I am competitive by nature but only to better myself. I am looking at the race weather and it will be cool (good) with rain (good & bad). My IT issues were from the humidity and hydrating which I don’t think will be a factor.

What would you do?

(BTW – I am quietly stubborn and will solicit advice but will do what I feel like on race day…and that’s the fact Jack!!!)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Silence is Golden, Duct Tape is Silver

More useless stuff.....

I am (try to be) a beer connoisseur and always buy something in the liquor store that is tasty. I have a preference for IPA's, the hoppier the better. My last buy was a "Smashbomb Atomic IPA" brewed by Flying Monkey Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario.

 They can be found here: 

They have a bit of fun with their beer caps and put useless or idiotic or downright brilliant one or two liners on the inside of them...hence the name of this post. Their website asks for your quotes for the cool is that?

In other random useless facts;

I kinda lied the other day about the injury free run. I broke one of my toes on my left foot last week by accidentally kicking a corner of a door. This is about the 4th or 5th time I have broken one of those little buggers. A day of rest, and a day of big purple toe later, is usually sufficient healing time. There is of course nothing you can do about it except laugh and curse and find somebody to blame for your misfortune.

I bought 3 pairs of Mizuno Waverider 14's over the internet 3 weeks ago. They arrived on time and as advertized.

Much like buying my first app, it was my first internet buy of running shoes. I love em...and they're flashy and make me go fast!!! I figure I saved about $150 and the only reason I was okay with this was because I was sure of the sizing. My 13's are finally relegated to "sneaker" status so I needed to get some new lads in the rotation.

News flash in Winnipeg: "We can't find jurors for court cases". I did jury duty once on a murder case and actually ended up being the jury foreman. Dude was convicted, 2nd degree murder, 10 years minimum.

Was buying an ice cream last Sunday while out for an afternoon drive with the Boss and the younger lad. Poor girl was working by herself and there was a line 4-5 deep. One of the reasons we go there for ice cream is the value and the "full" cone of ice cream you get. Buddy in front of me tried to draw me into complaining about the wait...I wouldn't bite and stated that was the price of getting a quality ice cream......needless to say, that was the end of our conversation. Why are people like that? I figure if you want it yesterday, quit gripping and go somewhere else that serves faster food. Nice to see that girl keep the quality up instead of selling out to panic....the Tiger Tail was stupendous.

Long weekends are awesome...2-3 long runs for this weekend and more beer sampling scheduled....and hey, a new NFL season starts next week so it's football widow time for the Boss. I'm thinkin I'll be taping a few more games this year with the addition of a Thursday night game every week...yippee!!!

Enjoy the safe!!




Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Random crap

Humidity and hotter temperatures have are finally starting to drop off.....longer runs are in the cards.

Achieved 2 goals on 2 different races. Ran injury free 11k Great Raisin River Run 5 minutes faster that last year and did the local duathlon 3 minutes better than last year.

Neither goal compares to the 16 yr old running a 19:45 5k in the GRRR and finishing 3rd in age, and then following it up a week later at home with a 19:07 5k to finish 3rd overall.....all I can say is smokin!!!! (and what he could do if he even trained a little bit).

9 miles yesterday after work. 1st pain free "run" of that distance since April of this year?

Bought my very first app and burst my apple cherry...LogMyTraining gives me a calendar view of all my training on the iPhone...yeah

For a guy trained in electronics, I am not a technophile

I have put the most miles riding in this year average speed during the duathlon was 19.1 mph

Looking forward to my next and probably last two races of this year.......a 1/2 and a full in Oct.

Still debating whether to maintain the blog or not.

Boys are back to school next week...2X yeah.

Still enjoy reading others exploits......