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Training for Runs While Travelling

This weekend I am heading north to Edmonton to see some family and attend a 1 year Halloween birthday party for some good friends of ours. I was speaking with another friend of mine today and of course we were talking about running. He said he found it very difficult to train when he traveled just because it was difficult to schedule it in. Things always seem to come up that derail the best laid plans.

Of course, this got me all worked up and the addictive compulsive in me has been mapping out exactly when I am going to get my runs in. I am slated to run on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be a bit shorter at about 5-K and Sunday will be longer at 10-K. My plan is to run first thing each morning, before the kids wake up. Nothing is scheduled at this time and I should have no problem ‘squeezing’ my runs in. We’ll see – I will let you know how it works out.

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Posted by The Running Guy - October 27, 2005 at 8:04 pm

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Start of the Half-Marathon Training Began Tonight

I screwed up. I woke up this morning thinking it was like every other Tuesday I have had over the past couple of weeks. I went out running and ran a nice 7-K run.

When I got to work, I checked my email and glanced over an email that the Running Room sent out highlighting things that are happening at the store this week. I noticed the paragraph about the half-marathon clinic starting tonight but never gave it much thought. About an hour later, it hit me – holy sh$t that half-marathon clinic the email referred to was the one I was signed up for!

I went into this week knowing I started my clinic, but subconsciously thought it wasn’t until Thursday night since that is when my previous 10-K clinic was. Weird how the mind works.

Anyway, the first clinic night was tonight and it was a-ok. Our instructor, Don, is an enthusiastic first-time instructor who I think will do well. He has run a bunch of marathons, ultras, and is training for an Ironman this summer. Needless to say, an experienced runner. His 5-k route tonight was a little wonky but it got the job done. I never ran that route before – there was probably a reason for that! Oh well, next route I am sure will be much better.

So in summary, I actually ran twice today for a total of 12-k. I have never done that before and I won’t try to do it again anytime soon – felt a little too stressful on my body, especially my ankle. I am sure it would have been fine to do the whole 12-K in one run, but there was something about breaking them up that didn’t feel right. I think I will forgo my morning run tomorrow and do an evening short run tomorrow night – I can’t wait!

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Posted by The Running Guy - October 25, 2005 at 9:16 pm

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Destination Running

It is a dream of mine to be able to do some destination running in the future. I am not talking about traveling to Kelowna or Victoria (no offense to anyone) to compete in a race. What I am referring to is traveling to Maui or Spain to compete.

For example, wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend one-week prior to running in this race, and then recovering for another two-weeks after. Or how about this one, in the Cayman Islands. How cool would that be?

It would be a win-win for my wife and me as well. I would get to train for and run in races, and she would get some vacations out of it. We are going to start seriously looking in to this. I can’t wait…Have you ever done any destination running? Let me know where and what race.

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Posted by The Running Guy - October 23, 2005 at 11:36 am

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Running with a Faster Pace Group

A post over at Runner’s Life about running with a particular pace group got me thinking about my own running over the past few weeks. I commented on this post that the opposite effect happens to me – I often find that I push myself to run with a faster pace group during group runs than I do when I run on my own. I have not been involved in a clinic since my 10-K group finished up near the end of September. As such, the majority of my runs have been on my own and my Garmin read-outs are definitely showing a slower average pace.

I am glad I start a new clinic next week – training for the half-marathon in February. This will allow me to run with a group more frequently and I can once again start to focus on running a bit faster. I do need to learn how to push myself to run a bit faster during my individual runs, but for now I will let the groups push me along.

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Posted by The Running Guy - October 20, 2005 at 7:38 pm

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Early Morning Running

I ran this morning at about 5:45 am. This is not unusual for me. What was unusual is that my wife, kids, and I have had to move in with some family as we lose possession of our house on Wednesday and our new house will not be completed until December. I am very grateful to have such supportive parents that would take in my wife and a 4 and 2 year old, but if any of you have ever had to move BACK in with your parents, you will understand how it can be a bit stressful.

Anyway, my parents live just outside of Calgary in a little lake community that tries to remain as natural as possible. Therefore, there are zero street lights and I was running on relatively uneven pavement. To make things even more challenging, the temperature averages to be about 5-10 degrees cooler than in the city. It was cold. I managed to get about 6.5-k’s in but I was a bit worried for my ankles as I really could not see much. I have a head lamp that I may try tomorrow morning, if I can find it. If not, I might have to adjust my training to get my runs at lunch hour until we kick into daylight savings time.

It was more of a challenge than I anticipated. Until the time falls back (end of October I believe), it is going to get darker and darker that early in the morning. Oh the joys of running up in Canada!

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Posted by The Running Guy - October 18, 2005 at 2:04 pm

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