Thursday, December 29, 2011

pot•pour•ri : a miscellaneous collection

It is cold here…with the wind chill, it feels like -27 °C ( -17 °F). That sucks because I am allergic to the cold…no kidding, look up “cold induced urticaria”. Got really sick a few years back and one of the side effects was this allergy. 


I think my weather widget is broken, or maybe the person at the controls is frozen cause it's freakin' -27 outside.


I am making turkey soup tonight, nothing is safe in the fridge!


I may do a treadmill run while boiling the turkey carcass….or I may not.


I don’t make new years resolutions…ever. I just try to be a better person every year.


I am amazed with the number of female bloggers vs male bloggers. I think we are outnumbered 5 or 10-1 or more. Does this mean male bloggers are more in touch with their feminine side?


I am running the Winterman in Ottawa in February…I hate being defined by my allergy. Stubborn or stupid, take your pick.


My in-laws came for Christmas this year. 4 days worked out about right for everybody.


It is real quiet at work right now…..I could probably hear a mouse fart at 100 yards…not that I’d want to or anything…’s just that quiet.


My wife loved the Turkish bathrobe I got her for Christmas. She could hide most of the family in it and it weighs about 30 lbs. You could pretty much just get out of the tub and crawl into it and be bone dry in seconds. I also got it monogrammed in case she forgets who she is….or we do.


I hate speakerphones… pain in the ass.


When I eat ju-jubes, all the yellows are first, greens are second, then orange, then a toss up between the reds or blacks, depends on my mood that day.


How do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time.


Next month will be 20 years with my company. I am still amazed at how fast it has gone.


My 15 year old now looks me in the eye, and yikes, the 12 year old is not far behind.


I did not get as much time on the bike this year as I wanted to. ITB injury will do that. I will be smarter in 2012 when running in the heat and humidity.


I hate excuses….man up (or woman up) to your mistakes, apologize if you have to, and carry on.


Do people build fences to keep others out or keep themselves in?


Adios 2011, bring on 2012…and carry on.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Go the extra mile. It's never crowded. ~Author Unknown

I had thought I was done with blogging but something has pulled me back. Maybe I do have something to offer and maybe I do need an outlet to voice my opinions and thoughts. Just maybe when I feel like it…. instead of putting myself on a schedule…so look for one out of the blue now and again.

I actually went to my company Christmas party this year, first time in about 8 years.

I was seated with 3 co-workers from the same department but not in the same day to day job. It took all of 5 seconds after being introduced to 1 of the spouses for the “Event” to come up.

For those of you who do not know or have not followed this blog, I was running a ½ marathon in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Fathers day last year when a runner collapsed on the course. I stopped, did a bit of CPR, and then finished my race. Apparently this is not a common thing for a runner to do. All joking aside, it was quite the experience. If you want more detail, check this post.

But back to the party…..

My co-worker who was introducing me made a few confessions while he was introducing;

1. He has always assumed he would never use those skills he learned at first aid so he has always wondered why he should get re-certified every 3 years and

2.  Even with the training, he would still be hesitant to use his skills and

3. He wonders if he would have stopped (I have heard this from many people, they don’t know if they would have stopped) and

4. When he heard the story, he told me he walked a bit taller and prouder as I was a member of “His” department.

I was surprised to say the least. I guess you really don’t know what people think of you sometimes and then they come out and say things you never expected.

 I have made the comment to a few people that I am no longer an anonymous runner.  The “Event” has been covered in the papers, my company newsletter, radio etc. One of those people I said this to, was the runner I did CPR on. He and I talked for about an hour last week. He is a really nice guy who is a runner’s runner. He had done a few sub 3 hr marathons so he was not an unfit runner.  We both know how lucky he is, how all the holes in the Swiss cheese lined up to ensure he is still with us, as sadly, some runners did not make it this year when in the same situation. He is slowly adjusting to a new life. His times are not quite as important to him as they were before. He still runs, albeit slower so the pacemaker doesn’t zap him (and he has had a few zaps). He has also learned to step back a bit and see the bigger picture. He and I and a few others will be running the ½ in Winnipeg in 2012, and we don’t care how long it takes, we will do it for the joy of running.

With that said, I was glad I took it easy at the party. I was out for my Sunday run in -12 °C and sometime during the 6.5 miles, I reached my goal of 1200 miles for the year. Nice to have a goal and I was glad to reach that milestone on such a beautiful sunny crisp morning. I had my doubts a month or so back when I took some time off running to regroup and reload, glad I did.

So I wish you all happy holidays.  And during the craziness of the season when you get cut off, flipped off, told off…..remember what’s really important, Family, Friends and those in need. Go the extra mile, you will never regret it!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

And...I'm Spent!!!!! ----- Austin Powers in one of those shagging movies

I'm toast as far as blogging goes. Still running and training but just don't have the heart to post anymore.

So thank-you to those who have followed and left comments. I will still peek every once in awhile to see how things are going for you but my posts are now toast!!

On a positive note, I will be running with my new buddy next year at the Manitoba Marathon ...should be exciting.

Thanx again for all the support....shawn

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

hi·a·tus : A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break

After my last post, I don't have much more to say.

I may still try to get to 100 posts before wrapping it up...but for now, I need a hiatus.

Take care and thanx for following....shawn

PS...did you see my Raiders won their 1st...maybe things are looking up!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg. ~Author Unknown

I have hesitated to write this post for awhile (since Fathers Day to be exact). It’s like I have a big secret that I can’t talk about. It probably has a lot to do with how I was raised.

“Do your job the best you can, keep your nose clean, stay out of the limelight, don’t brag, just do.” (thanx Mom & Dad)

Unfortunately, this did not prepare me for what happened at the Manitoba Marathon this past Father’s Day. Let’s start here (your choice, play audio or full story):

Needless to say, the phone started ringing off the hook after that and it led to this (Front Page of the Wpg Sun and then our Local paper):

And a few other things……(Just Google me and Marathon and you get the idea).

So why am I writing this? I guess I feel like Forrest Gump when he ran back to save Bubba. He had no intentions of doing anything special or being a Hero, he just had a goal and just kept getting distracted by saving more wounded and eventually ended up a Hero. I have never thought of myself as that either. 

I find “Hero” a strong word and it bothers me when my name is associated with me. I keep thinking about what the comments will be the next time I screw up….”Look what the Hero did today” (I usually imagine that in a snarky voice).

To me, Hero’s are our front line people, our Doctors and Nurses (aka “The Boss”), Police and Firefighters, Soldiers and Veterans and so many others. Perhaps my Mom put it best, much like Forrest’s Mom, she said “Shawn, we did not raise you to deal with this kind of attention, but that family could be planning a funeral today instead of going home!” Mom’s always put things in the right perspective.

So, why did I finally write this post? I think it is a way to get it in the open. It has been on my mind everyday for the last 3 months…so maybe spreading the word will help….because I think everyone has the right to be a Hero. So, I ask you to consider taking a first aid course if you don’t already have one. Learn CPR, hell, just learn to get people doing something. It is very scary seeing a situation develop and dealing with it… is even more scary to NOT have any skills to deal with it and feel helpless. I got lucky, the guy lived because everything fell into place…..because the training kicked in and I didn’t think about it.

So hopefully with this off my chest I can get back to a routine life. I don’t know how people can be under the microscope all the time and live their lives?

PS….You cannot imagine how it felt talking to that runner, his wife and his 10 year old son a week later. What a gift!

What the hell do you blog about after that happens? Washing your shoes?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

T minus 9

I have had a weird summer...started with Fathers Day craziness and went on from there. 

As a runner, an athlete, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, an aunt, a human being.....I have been given the ultimate Fathers Day honour...more on that to follow in my last 9 posts. You will have to wait as it is just not my nature to crow.

Do you wash your shoes? I just washed 3 pairs with Sunlight and a bit of bleach...the Asics Gels look brand new after 700 miles (they are now my walkers) ...amazing...and much less smelly!

The reason for the washing....a run with 6 river/water crossings the day after our Dragon Boat race. Good for me they put ropes across the crossings for me....glub, glub!

Did 9 yesterday...only issues were phantom IT band pain, just seemed like it.

Did I mention its been a weird summer?

ps.....I am in a state of "holy crap", go here and lament with the rest of us

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Race Report: The 33rd Annual Great Raisin River Footrace - 11 km

I came, I saw, I had no major problems with the ITB. Just a twinge at about 10.5 km but nothing that stopped me up too bad.

A big thank-you to all the comments and suggestions from my last post. Running this race had some fringe benefits because some of my BQ friends were there and I got the name of and was introduced to a great physio guy who said "come on down" should I keep on having problems...big bonus to meet someone face to face.

The stats for the 11k:

Finished     57th

58:44.7 5:21 Men 40 - 49  13/21AG   48/86Men 

I am pretty happy with that considering I have only had 1 six mile run in the last 7 weeks and this one was pretty much pain free...or did I mention that already?

Son "B" got his sorry butt out of bed and ran a 53:51 to finish 32 and 3rd in his age group (he got a nice medal) after we got him signed in this morning. Not bad considering he is 15 and his AG goes to 19. I asked him how he thought he might have done if he had trained???? You can lead them to water but you can't make them run!!!!!

The other big bonus of this run was some of the talent there including Ed Whitlock. 80 years old and he ran the 11 k in 47:10 to finish 14th. UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE! I hope I can walk when I'm 80, much less run. Pretty inspiring and he signed my race bib so I will stash that for the history books.

As far as the race  goes, I started at about a 7:40 pace but knew I could not hold it too long. Too humid and I just needed more time training which I did not have. At about the 2 mile mark, I told Son "B" to get lost and make me proud. He did (and always does) but I think he was happier with the mini donuts he had after the race more than the medal he!!!!

Speaking of mini' mini massages seemed to do the trick (see previous post) as I felt pretty good all day. I will stay with that regime for this week and next as I prep for my Duathlon in a couple of weeks. I also have a Dragon Boat race coming up for charity that should be a bag of laughs...a few folks from work and the "BOSS" will be doing it for the Heart & Stroke Association.

So there ya go. Not my best time but one of my best efforts. In the near 100% humidity, I sure felt like walking more than once but I toughed it out and got the bonus to see the kid shake Ed's hand as he got his medal....who could ask for anymore than that?

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.  ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ~Author Unknown

ITB vs. TFL, winner take all !!!

Howdy Folks. I have had 1 run over 5 miles in the last 7 weeks. Yesterday 2.25 barely qualified as a run....before the dreaded knee pain kicked in.

I have tried most everything for the ITB. Ice, rest, anti-inflammatory, rolling/massage, stretching, new shoes, and more rest. I am frustrated but not giving up!

I am now moving onto the TFL (hip flexor) cure. I am going to try and rest until this 11 km race on Sunday and until then am going to follow a regime of:

  • 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily
  • 10 mini massages per day, 30 seconds each, starting at the middle of the ITB to the knee and then middle to the TFL
  • Continue stretching
  • Up my water intake
  • Chant
  • Burn Incense
  • Learn me a Witch Doctor dance if all else fails
I know, I know, I know.... a part of me is saying to go get professional help...but I am afraid I will hear that age old conversation:

Me: It hurts when I run
Dr. : Then don't run
AE: Told ya they'd say that dumbass! Start dancing!

On my last post, I tossed in 43 pictures of my Saturday bike ride (no pain doing that!)...brain overload and I think if you skipped thru and did not see this picture (click to enlarge), my question at the end made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

I’m thinkin that’s a long ride home....but he kept his promise....and thats gotta be love!

Any other ideas for the wounded whale?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. ~Edward Steichen

My day in photo's...31 miles on the bike after a big storm rolled thru here last night (stuff wrecked, trees downed, boats capsized) and then 3 miles running this aft...a pic was definitely taken for Adam at "The Boring Runner" and Beth at "Shut Up and Run"...I think you will figure out which one......

I kinda feel like Barefoot Neil??? with all the pics.(I think he needs some love these days!!!!). Go ask him some questions...go!!!...right now like!!!!

So, if a picture is worth a 1000 words, this blog is now 43,000+ words.

To answer before asked - yes those are buffalo or bison.

Picture 21 with the riders...if you look at the bottom of the picture, you see indents in the road. If you are driving a car, when you hit them with your tires, they rumble and vibrate to tell you you are near the ditch (if your kinda napping). When you hit them on a road bike at 25 miles/hour, you get scrambled eggs...cha ching!!!!

Inverarden is back in the bush so you can't see much off it! Too bad, a ton of history around here along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.

And Williamstown is where I will hopefully make my triumphant return by running the 11 km "Great Raison River Run".


And to ask a question....what would you do for your significant other? Does "Cariboo Cameron" trump us all? And what exactly happened to all that extra booze? 

..enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What a maroon, what an ignoramus.....Bugs Bunny

Ahhhhhh, the joys of self diagnosis.

What a maroon I are, what an ignoramus I is!!!!

I always learn in the end but sometimes I am as short sighted as the next person (you know who you are).

Note to SELF: When doing self diagnosis, look at the big picture.

ITB Self Diagnosis/Cure Myself Checklist:

Knee Pain, check
Painful going Up and Downstairs, check
Tight ITB requiring Massage X 2, check
Lotsa ICE, Foam Rolling and R&R, check
Checking Running Shoes for Wear, check (4 pairs in rotation)
Staying off Cambered (uneven) Surfaces, check

Not thinking about wearing SANDALS with no support and being a heel well as my CASUAL SHOES that I wear to work that have worn out heels.....and being far too stupid to figure out that that is what is killing my ITB by putting undue exterior stress on it as I walk around the building during coffee breaks doing an average of 2.5 miles a day, MAJOR FAIL.

Once again, what a maroon I is, what an ignoramus I are.


2 pairs of casual shoes in the garbage, 2 new pairs of Sketchers and within 2 days, I am walking pain free.

Ran/walked 2 miles on Monday, stopping in between miles for a stretch.

Ran/Walked 3.65 miles last night with a stop for a stretch. No sharp stabbing pain......just the cathartic pain of knowing I was a dumbass and using a muscle that has been self abused for 6 that a crime?

Note to myself and anybody else out there that this might help......if you do self diagnosis, make sure you look at the big picture and include every piece of footwear you own. I have kept the sandals for the beach but that's it. The rest of the summer will be in lightly used running shoes that give a bit better support.

I actually slept through the entire night last night.....thank-you Sketchers, thank-you.

And on that happy note,

I am now back on a training plan to drop 5-15 unwanted friends off my frame (curse you Swedish Fish, curse you!!!) and getting ready for an August Duathlon.....I won't be doing this anytime soon....mind you, I may sneak in an 11 km road race in a couple of weeks from now.....and that makes me happy, happy, happy....but still a maroon!!!

Have a great humpday everyone (and don't forget to check your shoes!!!!!).

Monday, July 18, 2011

The best answers I could come up with!!

I got tagged with this last week.....and in an attempt to answer those burning questions, I have kept it short and sweet...and quick.

Here goes......

From Kate: long have you been running?  A little more than a year and a half.

What made you start? I got sick of puffing like an old locomotive up the stairs and the double chin that was starting to make itself known.

What sports did you play in high school? I used to play hockey till the cigarettes ruined my wind...dumb, dumb, dumb.  I ended up doing work more than sports in school...mind you, I like to think I am pretty fair at whatever sport I choose to try.

Who would be your free pass person (you know, the person you could hook up with with no repercussions from your spouse...not that you would, of course)? My "BOSS" would laugh cause she know's.....I am a big Jane Seymour of the original Bond girls before she got medicine in her blood.

BTW, love your header pic! Thank-you...I do too!!!

From Char:

What's your most embarrassing running moment?  Can honestly say I don't have one yet.....and I do know it will happen.

From Jamoosh:

If your hobby could be your job - would you do it? or making beer (when I find the time to get back at it.....)

From Jim:

How many days to you take as recovery after a race? used to just be a couple and then I would go back to a 3 mile run, then 4, then 5 etc. However, I now seem to have an IT issue and have not run for better than a month. I did however get 30 miles on the bike this weekend with just a wee twinge now and again. I hope to get back running in the next 2 weeks.

From Caroline:

do you speak any French? No, but after living in a bilingual community for 11 years, I understand some French.....and some cuss words

who is yout favorite hockey team?

who would you like to meet? Stephen of some of my favorite novels including "The Stand" and "IT" (no, that's not the IT Band IT)

From Chris K:

1) Why do you live in Canada where it is so damn cold? Born here, love it, weaned on icicles, ex hockey player.
2) Where was the pic taken in your header? New Smyrna beach in Florida, one of my best running days ever....8 miles on the beach was awesome.

3) How did you become a Raiders fan? I used to cheer for Denver but then went to the dark side with Bo. You know Bo...right?
4) Since you are a Raiders fan are you also a gang member? Nope, pretty much a loner...lotsa aquantances, a few good friends.
5) Did you learn about the Raiders when you were in prison or something? No prison, but I was a surface plant (Mill, Smelter and Refinery) and underground Miner (Nickle Mine) for 6 years....been down 4150 feet...pretty dark....

From Coy:

What's your dream race??  I was thinking New York till I seen the price tag...Manitoba Marathon was pretty special for me for a few reasons, had 15 family members between the 1/2, 10 walk/run participate on Fathers Day this year, so it became a family reunion of sorts and pretty exciting all the way around. I learned quite a bit during that run about myself and life in general.

So there are my answers. I had dreaded this to a certain extent always wonder what people will ask.

I hope to get back to running either this week or next. I can at least get on the bike and do a bit but I don't know what kind of shape I will be in for my Duathlon in August.....and that will set everything else up for the fall. I think I will be getting another massage soon if the IT does not loosen up soon.

Have a great week all and thanx for the questions. If you have more, let em rip or let it rest .....

Friday, July 15, 2011

There's a first time for everything......Q & A with Shawn

I have been tagged with the Q & A deal currently sweeping the blog world by Jenn...and how could I say no to her? Well I could but I'll play till I get the heebie jeebie's as I am somewhat of a hermit when it comes to personal stuff....

I don't quite know what I have to offer the running/blog world but I am willing to throw out a few nuggets of info if anybody is that interested. The only thing that is off limits (the pic lies I tell you, lies!!!)  is personal family info...most everything else about me is pretty much fair game.

Please note though, I am growley....I have not run in almost a month due to IT issues (self diag of course) but I did get in 10 miles on the bike yesterday that made me half way nice to be around to day...I pity my poor family.

I also will tag these 3 fine folks

Jamoosh who loves beer and more beer and is always a refreshing pleasure to read
Krystyna  (I think she is an old traveling soul with a new blog ...just send her a few questions and see what happens ...oh to be young again ...and she may not know she has been tagged so go easy please)
Kate who always has witty comments on my ramblings and likes my header pic

So there ya at will.....keep it above the belt...unlike Q today...but hey buddy, been there, done that!!!

btw...I now owe you Jenn!!!