March 2005 Archives



This morning's swim was mostly kick work. Yuck. Double yuck.

I'm feeling pretty beat up this morning. Yucky, sore, and almost lethargic. I've pushed myself this week. I feel like eating 5 Whoppers, and taking a huge nap.


Back Into Speed

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I knew I wanted to try a tempo run this morning, but wasn't sure how fully recovered I was from Around the Bay. Ideally, I wanted to try my neighbourhood 8+km (5+mi) route, but I wasn't sure if I had it in me yet.

Easy Sunday Run


After a surprisingly tough Thursday run, I decided that I would skip Saturday's run. Having both Friday and Saturday off work, with no runs scheduled, was a treat. It's definitely been a while since I went two days in a row with no work or running.

Sunday's run was scheduled to be 12km. The distance was a fair bit shorter than what I've run for the last month or so, but it was surprisingly difficult. I was still a bit tight from the race, especially in my calves, and it showed towards the end of the run.

After the run, I chatted with a woman who had finished in the top 50 women at Around The Bay. She pointed out that my 52:00, 53:00 first 20km likely meant that I was capable of a 1:45 half marathon right now. She was very positive and encouraging of my results, which was really nice.

She got me thinking that my 15km split time (1:18:24, or a 5:13 pace) was something that I found very comfortable, and that I thought I had a lot left at that point. What could I have done if I'd been pushing myself?

I think this week I'll try to do hill training on Wednesday, at work. I'll also try to do some speed work Friday or Saturday, depending on how busy I am. The real question for me will be Sundays - will I just run with the half marathon clinic, or will I continue to add distance at the end of their runs? I'm certainly capable of doing 20+km Sunday, based on where I am now. I guess I'll have to see how my body and timetable react to all this planned exertion.

So Much To Say

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Let me tell you a little story about chess.

Freestyle Sprints

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It was "get ready for triathlon season" day at the pool. Usually, the coaches focus on IM, but today was nothing but freestyle.

Around The Bay


I'm finally back home from my trip to Hamilton. Over six hours in the car didn't help my aching quads one bit, but my goodness it's nice to be home.

The weather this weekend wasn't what we'd hoped for. Freezing rain overnight Saturday, with snow, sleet and wind on raceday. Yuck. Fortunately, the precipitation abated about 90 minutes into the race. Unfortunately, it was about that time that my stopwatch failed.

Oh well. But I'd best start at the beginning.

Ready To Go!


I love pre-race excitement. I can't wait to get to Hamilton. I can't wait to see what's in the race kits. I can't wait to get to the start line. I'm really looking forward to the race experience.

I ran last night, a fast, short 4-4.5 km. I felt fine. The knee didn't complain at all. I felt strong. Ready.

Watching, Waiting


I skipped swimming this morning. This was always part of the plan, though. I'll be doing my short run tonight with the half-marathon clinic, barring a major emergency.

The knee is noticeably better today. There's no pain, and I have a full range of motion. It still feels weird from time to time. Tonight should be a good indicator of whether that means anything or not.

Given my current injury stress, I couldn't help but be humbled by Jonathan Segal's Moment. My injury is much less severe than his, but my problem is the same. Fear. Time will tell, but tonight could be my opportunity to cast aside these worries, and start looking forward to a great day on Sunday.

Knee Update


I skipped my run this morning. My knee was a bit better when I woke up this morning, but the discomfort seems to be returning. I'm doing my best to stretch my hamstring, but I'm not sure if it's helping or not.

Four days to go, and I'm starting to worry.

Hardest Swim EVAR (+ knee pain)


I spent a few hours working on my PC last night before I went to bed. When I stood up, I noticed that my left knee was feeling funny. More discomfort than pain, but it was still with me when I woke up this morning.

Five days to go until the big race. Not good.

Taper Week


What a great weekend for running. March usually slips a few icy daggers into our backs before finally blessing us with warm, sunny days. The hint of spring was finally in the air this weekend. Small wonder so many the RBFers were out setting PBs! Way to go Jon, Karen and Susan!

The half marathon clinic was doing 10k on Sunday, which was fine by me. I was looking forward to being able to run a comfortable, easy distance on a Sunday for a change, starting and finishing with a group.

Ludicrous Speed


I've put in a couple of short, quick runs over the last few days. Unfortunately, they've been on new routes, so I'm not too certain exactly how fast I've been going.

I've been thinking a lot about my race strategy for next weekend. I'd been hoping (ok, dreaming) that I'd be able to set out on a 5:00/km pace, and keep it up basically the entire way (excepting, obviously, the hill at kilometer 27). A combination of snowy runs, watch failures (some of which were my fault) and runs over unfamiliar routes leave me with a lot of uncertainty as to what pace I'm capable of running.

Sprints and Pulls


The swim this morning featured some breakout work (dives, turns) and sprint work. Between the sprints were long stretches of free (and some back) pulls. Small surprise, my shoulders are sore.



-19C. Stiff wind. Slippery footing.

I can't tell you how happy I am that I'm going SOUTH for the race.

Turning the Alarm Off


The overnight forecast was for lots of snow and freezing drizzle, so I was skeptical about making it to swimming this morning. Nonetheless, I went to bed around 9pm. I slept well at first, but after about 2am I was more awake than asleep. Sometime after 4am, I turned my alarm off, and officially skipped swimming.

It's disappointing, but not terribly so. It's less than 2 weeks to my race, so I'll make an executive decision that only swimming once this week is part of my taper. ;)

Welcome to Canada


Weather Network this morning said -2, high of 0. Fantastic! Ideal running conditions for this time of year. I got my stuff together, including the new mp3 player, and headed out the door.

The half marathon group was doing 9km, along the canal. We decided to run ON the canal, a wise decision as it turned out. It was lightly snowing when we started, and the snow on the ice gave us surprisingly good footing. Unfortunately, the wind was swirling the snow so that it was always in our faces, and I started to worry about wearing the mp3 player on the outside of my jacket. At the second walk break, I moved (somewhat awkwardly) the armband to inside my jacket.

Once we turned around, the blowing snow started to get annoying. I'd left my gloves and hat in the car. (-2? Who needs them?) My hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and beard were quickly turning white. I tried at one point to run my fingers through my hair (which is less than an inch long) and failed. Bleh.

Time Keeps on Slippin' Slippin'


My timekeeping woes continue. I went out and bought myself a new stopwatch, and in my haste to capture a solid 5k home loop time, I somehow managed to hit stop, reset, and start all at once. *facepalms* I'm pretty confident that unless I faded, I was at least very close to 5:00/km.

The Runner's Web poll of the week asks, "What is your fastest (all-time) mile performance?" Good question, I thought. I have no idea. I've certainly never raced the distance! I decided to pour over my interval sessions from last summer, to try to find the answer.

Taking a Beating

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My shoulders are really sore today. I couldn't even finish the full 75 minutes of swimming. It was another great workout, just over 2.5 km, but I'm paying for it now.

A bunch of people were doing Swim for Heart today. I wasn't, but had my distance measured for the 30 minutes nonetheless - 1500 metres. 900 of that was breaststroke. Not bad - better that I'd have thought. Of course, I took breaks - I'm not up to 30 minutes continuous swimming - yet.

Il neige, il neige!

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-- French song, glorifying snow

It snowed pretty hard yesterday, giving us a nice 10cm of fluff to shovel. I was pretty glad that I wasn't running yesterday. Still, it snowed well into the evening, so I knew conditions this morning wouldn't be that great.


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My generally glum and grumpy disposition persisted yesterday. I reflected on my weekend, and concluded that I'd been remiss in getting enough sleep. (To be fair, I had an actual, real-live, honest-to-goodness date with my wife Friday night, so THAT didn't count). I figured the best way to shake the blues was to hit the sack early last night, which I did (before 9pm).

This morning's swim seemed to involve a lot of shoulder work. Lots of sculling, pulling, and working with paddles. Then, as we finished up our 2200m of shoulder-wrenching joy, we got to do 100m IM sets. I only had time for two - which I finished in 1:50 and 2:00. The 1:50 I was pretty pleased with, considering it'll probably be months before I can do a 100 IM at anything near full effort.


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