Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
It's a good day to play.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, November 8: Woke up at 4:00 AM and grabbed a quick breakfast, ready in time to catch the bus to historic Marathon, Greece. Just prior to leaving the hotel it started to rain and finally as we were ready to leave it started to pour. We had a 20 minute walk to the bus and by the time we got to the bus everything and everybody was drenched. We all had wet shoes, socks, and running gear. After a 45 minute bus ride we were dropped off at the start line but we still had almost 2 hours to wait until the race started. The rain lightened up but continued to fall until well into the race. Every step was squishy and uncomfortable. We were all wet, cold and shivering until the race started. The race committee provided us with a plastic garbage bag to put over ourselves to keep us dry. Too little, too late.
I am also going to ask that if any of you has any goals of running or walking a Marathon, half-marathon or 10 kms that you give me a call. Team Diabetes is looking for participants and it is a great way to meet new people, raise money for a great cause and visit parts of the World that you might not otherwise get to. Team Diabetes does about 6 events a year and I can fill you in on next year’s destinations. It would also allow me to sponsor you in appreciation of your support.
Thank YOU Terry for all that you do for the Canadian Diabetes Association. You should be proud of your accomplishments; we certainly are! Cheers, Mike
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I logged mile 1000 for 2009 this morning on the return from The Forks. When the Garmin rolled over I announced to my group "That's a thousand." and kept on running. Another milestone achieved; sort of like life. We aspire for one goal after another, reach it (or not), and keep moving forward. No big deal. The trick is to keep setting those goals and persevere even if all seems helpless. Keep moving forward. Never stop. I logged 1260 miles in 2008 so I've got a ways to go to improve on that... not that it matters.
This morning's run with Vivian, Bernie, Darcy, Gaston, and Ed was purely serene. The weather continues to be unseasonably warm with a bright sun, blue sky and little wind. Running with this group is a pleasure and indeed, an honour. We even discovered a new trail, Bernie's Zag. Next time we're running I'll point it out, better yet, we'll run it together.
By the way, if you've ever woken up during a run, overwhelmed with the beauty of the moment I suggest you read In My Mind's Eye from Run Direct. The writer paints a beautiful image with words of this blissful moment. I suppose of all the reasons why I continue to run, it's the fluidity of movement and slow endorphin release that keeps me coming back... 1000 miles of it to be precise!
It's a good day to be alive.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I've been back at 'er for a couple of weeks and I've logged about 35 miles since that fateful day back in October (see race report below). I had a couple of enjoyable runs with V and company, logged about 1.5 hours on the tread mill, and I've run home from work twice. All is good.
My current annual mileage -not that I'm a geek or anything- is 991 miles. I'll break the 1000 mile barrier this weekend and I think I'm on track for coming close to last year's 1260.2 miles ... not that I'm a geek or anything; egads, a geek would log their mileage by two decimal points (I only go one decimal point)... sheesh, running geeks, such LOSERS!
I've registered for three races for early 2010; Hypothermic Half, Cops For Cancer Half, and Air Force Half. I haven't decided on which full marathons I'll be doing, but I've got my eye on Fargo for a Spring marathon and Chicago for the Fall. Time will decide. I'm also communicating with the kindest gentleman in all of Ireland, John Culane (left) of Run Direct Ireland. Visit his blog, Running in Munster Ireland.
I'm also involved with a group planning a new race for next September. I can't go into details just yet, but it'll be the finest 10 k race this city has ever seen. More on this later.
Stay tuned, stay positive, and always remember......it'_ _ g_ _d d_y t_ b_ a_i v_!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Shave a few seconds off my PB of 4:10.
- A dream goal of sub 4.
- A 4:30 and a cold beer.
- Make it to Pearson Aeroport for 5PM.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
If you have squeaky orthotics here’s an easy solution. Place cloth or duct tape on the underside of the orthotic as shown here.
The squeak occurs when the orthotic material springs on the shoe’s insole. Occasionally you will need to place the tape further back, but usually application as shown is sufficient to stop the squeak.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Ten things you really don't need to know about me, but seeing as how you're here, and you have nothing better to do, you might as well read it.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I went out for a 6 mile solo jaunt on Saturday morning to burn off some pre-race jitters. At mile 2 my calf, the same one, kacked out. I had about 20 seconds warning that something was amiss; sort of like hearing a tick-tick in the motor and then ... what the?!... engine seizes! By the time I figured it out, wham, it was too late... a familiar pain seared up the calf. Although not as serious as my previous calf injury, it's enough to sideline me for the slow dance on Sunday. The pain was about a 6 on 10 while my last blow out came in at 9 or 10 on the pain rector scale. Recovery time is unknown.Am I disappointed?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Kudos to Val Hudson for submitting the following letter to the Winnipeg Free Press. She expresses our opinions eloquently. I've had a number of idiots (mostly 20-something good-ole-boys, backwards ball caps, souped up half-tonne) yell all sorts of stupidity over the years. Thanks Val.I'm writing on behalf of the cyclists, runners, and rollerbladers out there who are not in perfect shape but trying hard. For the most part motorists and pedestrians and very courteous and encouraging. But it only takes one rude person to dishearten someone desperately trying to get in shape by yelling hurtful discouraging comments -- "run fatty," "hey, your butt is too fat." How many people do you think you have prevented from continuing a positive attempt at loosing that "fat"? You don't know what situation they are in. They may have already lost 20 pounds doing what they've been doing and you come along and say they're still fat.
How about a "way to go," "keep it up" or "you go man!"? These will encourage that poor heart out there to keep going until they reach their goals.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Mark Saturday, June 6th 2009 on your calendar for the 8th Annual Run for Rights. Whether you choose to walk, run, cycle or rollerblade, this event is a great way to get some exercise or warm up for the Manitoba marathon in support of social justice and human rights. Two events to choose from, 5 k and 10 k. Go here for last years race report.New this year... June 3rd 2009 the first-ever Run for Rights benefit concert! Find out more…See you on the start line! Mike
Today was the inaugural Air Force Run. For first timers 17 Wing didn't do too bad with over 270 1/2 marathoners. When it's a first run you don't really know what you are going to get or how it's going to go...so there were a few surprises. Some (maybe more than some) are a little OCD when it comes to how we like our races.
LOVED the flyover...pretty cool!!! Something you just don't get to see at other runs.
Being able to stay warm and get the last washroom break in at the Fitness and Recreation Centre was a real treat.
The race pack came with a great technical short sleeved shirt and a few extra surprises.
Volunteer support along the entire route was fabulous! Air Cadets along the runway cheering us on...I think every volunteer made eye-contact and said a few supportive words...one guy even offered to order us pizza and beers...Thank you sir!!!
Running in a part of Winnipeg I don't usually get to run in was a nice change of scenery.
It was kind of cool receiving my medal from a 17 Wing Colonel...many members of 17 Wing shook our hands when we crossed and thanked us for coming out.
A few things runners are not so crazy about...
A 9:00 am start time...I know I would love something with an 8 in front...too much down time in the morning. I like to get up nice and early eat my porridge and be out the door.
I would prefer my 1/2 marathon to be the usual 13.1 miles and not 13.49 miles (which is what my garmin read)...I am still going to count it as a PB at the 13.1 mile mark though...in case someone asks.
What no food??? A little disappointing to run 13.49 miles and the food is gone...Where are the bagels, pancakes, muffins? Come on people a girl needs her white food!!! Apples and pears aren't gonna cut it.
When you see the finish line and someone waves you into a park to do a final loop...not cool people...when I see the finish line...I want to cross it...too much of a tease for me. Hey, that could be where you cut out that extra .39 miles!
The medal itself...well...kind of a disappointment...the date and year would of been nice.
When all was said and done...my friends and I had a great run...a few of us ran a PB. The community support and energy you felt from the military community was palpable and I just can't say enough about. What a great cause to support and I can't wait to do it again next year!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The after-burn. It's easy for me to sit here and critique the race from the comfort of my couch with Miss Vickie snuggling up alongside. Events like the Air Force Run take tremendous organization and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Yes, they made a few mistakes, which I'm sure will be corrected next time, but the community pulled it together and built a new race from the ground up. The organizers and race directors should be proud of their achievement. Well done! By the way, not sure if you noticed Ted Swain's name on the confirmation list. I hope someone managed to run with his bib. It would have been fitting. Good old Ted, his spirit lives on.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
When the writer John Steinbeck was in his sixties and disillusioned with America, he decided to take a cross-country trip to see parts of the United States he had never seen before. He knew that he’d need to talk with people so he took along his dog, Charlie. He wrote about it in his book called, Travels With Charlie.
Recently I took my own dog, Saphira, on a trip to Brookings, South Dakota for their 40th Marathon. Don’t get me wrong, my dog can’t run a full marathon, but having the misfortune of travelling by myself, I took her to likewise talk to people. My travels with Saphira took me to a wonderfully fun marathon. A well organized event in a unique town in the Dakotas. The main street has a feel of contemporary and the past. Visit The Ram, one of the restaurants hosting a pasta meal for marathon participants, and see the old turn of the century safe as you talk with people ready to run from all over the State. Arguably one of the smaller marathons around with only 165 marathon finishers, 233 half-marathon finishers, and 30 relay teams – still the event catches you up in the spirit of the runners and numerous volunteers.
The run itself is not an easy one with many hills, and if you’re shy of turns this may be a problem; added to the difficulty was the amount of wind that came up. Wind itself is unpredictable and was a lot worse the night before the marathon; and just to note, actually died down the evening after the race. But live music following the run and free hamburgers all added to the post race atmosphere in little Pioneer Park. The run does take you through the town, out of it, through it, out of it … so on and so until you’re done. Yet somehow it is a lot of fun along the way.
Part of the charm of this run and this town of Brookings is the old architecture with houses that exude a sense of wholesome family life – a kind of Midwestern simple life values of a era some may have known when they were yet children. Yet what stands out the most for this traveller with Saphira was the running community itself. It turned out, while I value her company, I need not have had Saphira along. I saw the running community that included five runners from Winnipeg so embrace everyone.
Let me tell you about Jill Moncur, the woman from Sioux Falls who won the woman’s marathon category. She had made the hour trip to Brookings by herself and was alone when presented with her award. Well quickly good old Winnipegers befriended her and celebrated with her that afternoon as though they were old acquaintances. And for myself, the running community embrace me in their celebrations as well. Whether it was a pasta meal, during the run, or following completion there was always a friendly runner to talk with and with whom to enjoy their company.
Sometimes one must travel alone, with or without their dog or those they love, but the great thing about the running community is that it always welcomes people in and shares the love of the run. Steinbeck found from his travels that he did not need to be disillusioned with America. My travels with Saphira to Brookings, South Dakota Marathon confirms for me the enormous privilege it is to share the road with some great people. Brookings is only about 6 and half hours from Winnipeg and worth taking the trip.
Enjoy the run wherever it takes you.