Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I had a conversation with a fellow co-worker who is a running guru and has given me much guidance. He advised that my original plan was not such a good idea. He let me know that I would be prone to injuries once getting back into running in January. His advice is just to run a couple of times a week, keeping them on the short side, just to maintain some kind of a base.
I purchased new Brooks running pants a few weeks back which I had not tried yet so got that opportunity this morning. They are keepers!
I checked out Leana's post and when she talks about getting ready for her high intensity training for the Walt Disney Marathon I remembered back to a few years ago when I reached that point in my marathon training. I popped in to read Kenny's shopping experience at the Marine Corp Marathon fitness fair. Myself, I never did buy a marathon jacket. Then this morning, Legs & Wings posts about his comeback and thinking and realizing he wants another marathon medal.
Well, I want another marathon medal too!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
After reading Nikki’s posts related to her craftiness with card making, I thought I would like to share another of my interests which happens to be scrapbooking! My scrapbooking is running related as you can see. These are just a few of my many pages. Lots of pages include photos of friends who wish to remain anonymous in the blogging world. Some pages are just random about funny running things. I wrote two poems that are a part of my scrapbook (I may share those one day). The race pages show a copy of the entry form, a photo or two, my results, a few stickers and other odds and ends. I am even able to find, at times, sheets of paper suited to a specific race.
Canmore Half Marathon
(in the mountains with the wildlife)
(always important to get a foot photo each year we did this run)
(the agony of the feet)
(my very first marathon)
(I had to include a uniform :-)
(such a fun run that I would like to do again)
(such a fun race in the foothills)
Monday, October 13, 2008
This day started off with morning indulgence and ended early after a pasta loading feast of spagetti in preparation for the following morning!
We're not talking about best finish time, but the best of everything else you could ask for in a racing event! My time was in the range of what I had originally hoped for but better than I expected. Before leaving for Kelowna, I posted a hopeful finishing time of somewhere between 2:08 and 2:15 but after Saturday's feast of food and wine, I was just going to do what I could and that turned out being 2:10:19! I'll take that and be very proud of it!
I had a decent night's sleep, a respectable breakfast and the Hotel Shuttle Bus driver waiting for me at 7:15 am to chauffeur me to the start line. Were my stars aligned today? Was it the sign of a well organized event? I was in and out of bag check in a flash! I was in and out of my pottie visit in a wink! It then started to sprinkle but lasted all of five minutes. I scooted over to seed myself, "Oh Canada" played, the count down happened and then John Stanton sent us on our way. Once I heard my beep as I stepped on the starting mat, we then entered a wide open street where the crowd quickly spread out and we were never to be congested again.
The race from beginning to end captured my attention. I saw apple orchards, sprawling hills surround the city, beautiful autumn colors and still yet vibrant flowers. I ran by two horses behind a fence but very close to the road that were showing off their morning friskiness. I may have seen vineyards in the distance! Not sure! I didn't notice the incline but realized there must have been when we were awarded with a couple of significant declines. I couldn't help but put the pedal to the metal on these.
Once we got to the lake, there was a clear blue sky and sunshine. It was picture perfect but no time for photos yet. Sail boats were in abundance as were folks cheering us along. It was nice to see the routers out all along the whole route.
Seeing the finish line not too far way, hearing the announcements and the upbeat blarring music, taking in all the hoots and hollars, I got that feeling inside that invites me to dig a little deeper so I could finish strong down the home stretch. I had a wide open space around me and I gave it all I had. I heard my name, I saw what my time could be, up went my victory sign and on came a wide smile just in time to step on the finishing mat and hear my finishing beep!
We had ideal weather conditions. The route was most scenic. I had an excellent finishing time and a fun time too. I like my shirt and the gloves. The event was so well organized. I'm going out on a running high! Jubilant! Victorious! Content!
Friday, October 10, 2008
- In Grade One I was kicked out of the Boy Savior Club at my Catholic School because I was running around playing tag in the hallway after the bell went off. Look at me now, playing tag again and still running around!
- One morning at work after eating my banana, I took my vitamin pill. The pill lodged in my throat cutting of my breathing. Gasping for air, I started to turn blue and fell into my chair. A co-worker performed the heimlich maneuver on me and thank god he did! What was suppose to be healthy for me almost did me in!
- I started running when I was 40. My very first race ever (with no training at all and never having done a race before) was a 5 km that I completed in 38 minutes, running steady no walking, wearing tennis shoes, cotton socks and an electric blue sweat suit! Maybe that was a sign that running would be my destiny!
- During my university years, I was hypnotized by Reveen. Once the show started and he picked the players, he asked each of us what gift he could give us in return for being willing participants. We each stated our request. After acting out being an astronaut, a women’s liberation leader and a flashy sports car he granted my wish to never be afraid of going to the dentist again. Since then, my dental visits have been a breeze! Thank you Reveen!!!!!
- In my small home town there use to be fire boxes on neighborhood corners. If there was a fire, you use to have to pull down the door of the box and then release the lever which would send a signal to the fire station. They could tell which box the signal came from and they would dispatch to that location. When I was seven, I was curious about this so opened the door and pulled the lever. Within a few minutes the fire truck came and all the firemen in their uniforms. I was reprimanded but that didn’t stop me, I did it again! That thing I have for a man in uniform started at a very young age!
Now it's my turn to catch you! Watch out! I caught you:Canuck Runner
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Three more sleeps and I'll be running the Okanagan Half Marathon! I'm excited about running this one. It's new for me, the forecast sounds perfect and I will get to buy a reward when I'm done. I have no expectations for this race other than to cross the finish line somewhere between 2:08 and 2:15. Those are my best and worst times of the previous five half marathons I did this year. Nikki is running the half also! We have not met face to face but have chatted back and forth on here. I will keep an eye out for you Nikki! My plans are to have this half be my swan song (for this year anyway). I plan to hang up the runners out of sight for the balance of 2008. I feel I need to have a good rest from running. I have said this before but caved in! I will give it a good honest effort this time.
Two more sleeps and I will be doing a winery tour! YES, a winery tour the day before the race! It's the only time I could fit it in, and I am not going to Kelowna and not doing a winery tour. I will just taste a little here and there and it won't even amount to a full glass all together. Three of the wineries I will be tasting at are ones that Runner Leana mentioned that she ran by in her blog posting of Oct 6 titled Wine Festival Weekend. This will be my fourth winery tour. I visited Napa Valley in California, Hunter Valley just outside of Sydney in Australia, Cowichan Valley just outside Victoria in British Columbia and now Kelowna! I hope to bring a couple of bottles home in my suitcase.
This is going to be like a mini get-a-way vacation!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The terrain varied considerably as you can see below. The golden colors were vibrant, even without the sun's rays. The larch trees were still at their peak but the wildflowers were no where to be seen. I will have to make a note to return in the summer for what is suppose to be a wild view of wild flowers!
We stopped to dine around noon at the Standish Lookout. On top of the world, in the middle of no where, we found a wooden structure with stairs, railings, two levels and benches to sit on and take a load off while we nibbled staring in awe of what lay around us.
Three lakes spanned the vast widespread meadow, each unique in their own color and surroundings. Here are Rock Isle Lake and Larix Lake. The trail eventually led down below and meandered around all three. The reflections of the gold larch trees in the water looked spectacular! Not only were there lakes but also babbling brooks and little water falls.
Just like last weekend, once again, we crossed over into British Columbia at the Continental Divide. If you click on the photos below, you can read the boundary story and also see the layout of the Sunshine ski trails.
This was an amazing day! After all was said and done, it was time to hit the trail back down to catch the 3:30 yellow school bus. At this point the showers started, as if to shed a tear goodbye as this is the last weekend for hiking the meadows. Summer is over, the larch trees will drop their needles to the ground and prepare for the snow cover which will soon be upon us.
Sunshine, I hope you have a great, safe, successful winter and I look forward to seeing you next summer!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
On October 5th I will be running the CIBC Run for the Cure in Calgary. My Mom’s spirit will be with me and I will be running for her and for everyone else whose life has been touched by breast cancer. Although my Mom had breast cancer that was not what took her from us three years ago on October 12th. On October 12th, the 3rd anniversary of my Mom’s passing, I will be running the BMO Okanagan Half Marathon in Kelowna. Her spirit will once again be with me and I know that if the going gets rough then she will carry me just like she always did when she was here with us.
I picked up my Run for the Cure race pack today. I will be wearing my Team shirt on Sunday and will incorporate the bandana somehow as part of my attire, maybe around my ankle or wrist or on my head. The race shirt, bandana and a pedometer came in this neat environmentally friendly bag that has a long over the shoulder strap.
This will be my short, easy, taper run! It will be easy physically but difficult emotionally if it's anything like any other year I ran it!