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On the run

I know I sound like a broken record now!

Every year for the past two years, I’ve been whining about how I’m out of shape and unprepared to run the Scotia Bank half-marathon.

I don’t train, run anyway and always do poorly; this is obviously madness, I seem to be doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a change in outcome.

I want to say things are going to be different this time, I probably said that last year too, you know… the road to hell isn’t paved with hellish intentions.

mosaic7007554I again debated not running this year, it seemed like the sensible thing to do but I’m also thinking that the race is two months away and if I started training now, I could very well do it, but only if I trained.

This month’s Runner’s World had an encouraging feature for beginners; I almost wish I was new to running. I’m not one of those people who love to run, I tolerate it at best and my biggest hurdle is getting out the door.

But I’ve never regretted going for a run neither have I ever been on a run and wished I were home in bed. I guess I miss the way running made me feel. Maybe if I romanticize the run enough I’ll be inspired to try again.

I’ve hidden behind so many excuses; I’ve come up with rational reasons why I spend my Saturday mornings watching TV instead of being out there. There’s something refreshing about being a new runner; as with every new beginning there’s little baggage – I’m already trying to figure out how to get back to my old pace.

I want to train well for the half-marathon. I’ve started small, I went for two long walks this week; I did the entire seawall. It was refreshing and inspiring; there were dozens and dozens of people running and everyone looked good. In fact, I’ve come up with a theory that everyone looks good running.

I’ve read stories of runners, who face tremendous adversities, overcome and return to running. I just want to be one of those who gave up for a while and returned, because I believe running saved my life (but that’s another story) and it’s important that I keep on.

The Boston Marathon is on Monday, Boston Billy (Billy Rodgers) is back after a decade off.

I want to run a marathon one day.

The Forerunner

I got the Garmin Forerunner 305 for my birthday, and to a lesser extent for completing the half marathon and as a motivation for the next.

I’ve been eyeing the Forerunner since the 205 except I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on a tool that’s supposed to help me run better. I debated getting the newly released and much smaller 405 but again the price was prohibitive. After a few days of shopping around online I got it from the second cheapest source (because Amazon won’t ship it to Canada and I didn’t have the patience to have it shipped to WA and then cross the border to pick it up).

I love it!

It’s usable right out of the box with no configurations required. I did a test run the first morning on my walk to work – It found a satellite within 30 seconds and just went to work.


It shows the time, distance, pace, average & best pace, calories burned, elevation, etc

I’ve covered about 45miles since I stated using it a week ago. It’s very helpful during my early morning runs – I mostly have an hour to spare and it’s a great tool to rate and help me improve my performance.

It has an easily customizable training feature and a virtual partner you can compete against.

On Monday, I overdid it and went for a rather long run, when it became clear that I was too exhausted to run back all the way, I switch to the training feature and set it up so that I’d run for a mile and rest for 5mins…

It comes with a training software which I haven’t used much. I use Motion Based, Garmin’s online training/analyzing/mapping application. One of the coolest features is that it overlays your run route over Google maps, it also has a player that simulates your run.

I haven’t used the heart monitor yet because I can’t seem to connect it to the unit, from what I’ve read online it’s a common problem – which is rather disappointing, I’ll be calling Garmin if all else fails.

That’s thus far the only con, oh and last Saturday it took a good minute for it to get a signal.

It’s (way) larger than a regular watch but I don’t mind as I’m a fan of large time pieces.

I love it because it makes me want to go out and run/walk.

View Larger Map – 14 mile scenic run last Saturday, I walked the last 7

http://elsbro.motionbased.com – to follow my running activities

How not to run a half marathon

Finish lineI wouldn’t advise anyone to run a half marathon without training.

I did it and I paid dearly for it, I’m still paying for it.

I wasn’t anywhere close to beating my last year’s time; it was rather silly of me to think that I could.

This was the longest 2hrs 20mins 39secs of my life! The first 10kms was bearable, I made good time and I even got a little cocky… I imagined I’d call up friends and inform them I was right in a middle of a half marathon.

It got hellish during the next 11kms, I got tired and started lagging – I didn’t push too hard because I knew my breathing would suffer and then I wouldn’t be able to run at all. Instead, I dragged myself and tried to breathe steadily and think happy thoughts.

My bib Crossing the finish line Finishers Tired
1:47.35 5kers 1:48.15 Medal

The inclines almost killed me, I almost stopped at one point – the only reason I kept going was because I didn’t want to fail. I didn’t even realize this until after I’d finished.

I was in the crowd watching the finishers – a woman was visibly upset, crying and struggling to get to the finish line, almost as if she was being forced. This very excruciating scene led me to ask, “Why doesn’t she just stop?”

“Because she doesn’t want to be known as the quitter” was what someone said.

That was it!

It was the fear of being labeled a quitter that goaded me into finishing the race.

I finished, I could barely stand afterwards and everything hurts now.

On getting it back

RunI picked up my race packet last night still debating whether to run.

At this point it’s a test to see if I can run 21km (13.1 miles) without training.

I’ve slacked off so badly it’s shaming! I don’t have any excuses, no one to blame but myself.

I’m hoping some good will come out of this race though, sometimes you get so far off in the deep end there’s nothing more to do but turn back. I’m hoping this is one of those instances, that this will be the turning point.

I’m slightly comforted by this thought; it’s like I’m having one of those moments that encourages people to change their lives. I’m hoping I’ll look back on this day and smile knowing the exact moment I decided to take control.

I’m being a little dramatic here but I really hope I can use this race to get things started again. I’ve been off the grid for so long I need motivators. The running magazine does help but eventually I’m going to have to buckle down and just do it.

I’m hoping to stay within 2:03 hrs, and if I’m able to do that, I’ll reward myself!

Here’s to a great run tomorrow guys!

On training for that half-marathon

Could you successfully run a half-marathon if you only had a month to train?

That’s the question I’d been asking myself as the date drew closer. Runner's World Article

My June edition of Runner’s World says that I can – good thing it came when it did otherwise I would have had to live with that lingering self-doubt.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning convinced it was raining; having had one false start already and with exactly a month to train I dragged myself out of bed and hit the pavement.

It wasn’t a smooth run, I started a bit too fast and was rapidly tiring out, I slowed down coming back and tried to get my breathing under control.

I want to take it seriously this year and shave at least 10mins off last year’s time. It’s doesn’t make any sense to not train and do poorly, then I might as well just not run.

Runner's World ArticleTo get my up to eight hours of sleep and still wake up that early, I’m going to have to go to bed early – which means I have to be asleep by 10PM.

From the look of things I’ll probably do only one long weekend run, I’m hoping to walk the route but I’m not going to sweat it.

I think I’ll do well, I’ll be fine as long as I use the next four weeks wisely.