Thursday, July 28, 2016

Below are the numbers I'm dealing with as of August 1st. Let's see what I can do by mid September. Guts is 85cm, biggest it's been for a while.

Monday, July 11, 2016

July Update (and a rant)

The video stopped mid sentence, probably better for all, but I think I should finish what I wanted to say. I was talking about how stress and repressed emotional turmoil can have physical effects. Take a look at Dr. Sarno and Tension Myositis Syndrome if you’re interested.

Anyway I was thinking as I was running that the World is going to hell in a hand basket and feeling depressed about it. But somewhat selfishly, you might say, I was thinking too that I can't let it get to me, or my type of thought processes will cause me health problems in the future like they have in the past. 

I know as a white male I'm supposed to be a racist, homophobe, misogynist and an Islamophobe. I'm even told that I'm not able to understand let alone sympathize with the pain of my fellow human beings.

I could spend the rest of my life on the internet trying to prove I’m none of the above to people who I’ll never meet or to those that have their reasons to play divisapolitics (my word). Or I could make the best of living in a time and place that offers more to any one person than has ever been the case in the history of our species.

To save me from myself (useless guilt, worry and self-loathing) I’m trying to understanding that I’m only really responsible to those who rely on me.

And as the Serenity Prayer so eloquently puts it:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Yours in the long run ;)

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Reverse Taper

I forgot to mention that I'm meeting our New Zealand mate Mark for lunch this Tuesday. Really looking forward to it.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Yokohama Race Report

The mean streets of Yokohama

Finally meet Bob and Stephen

My bum foot (check out the egg on the back of the heel)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Year 10K Report

Vince and I

Well, not good news with today's race. I think I'm officially in a slump. I should have run at least 36:00 today but all I could manage was 38:20. Actually feel a little sick over it. Not because I really care about times but I'm big on doing what I trained for. You know I have been training to run a PB here and my training partner Vince Bosco did what he was capable of today, 34:35, so I'm left wondering what went wrong?! The first 5K was OK but the last not so much. Could be my ankles? I also did have a strange feeling in my right quad from about the 6th K and a stitch at the 9th but I just don't know. I'd like to take the easy way out and say I'm just getting old but while it's true it is not the reason for this slump (I ran a faster 10K in my half from 10K to 20 a few weeks ago). Anyway too early to panic yet I still have a few more races coming up where I could very well turn this around but for now there is nothing for it than to get back to training. Yes, it pays to be sanguine about these things and I know my coach, Sean William, Vince, Ewen and most of you guys will encourage me to just get back to it. Just allow me a little self pity and a bottle of wine or two and I'll hit it again! All the best to you all in your upcoming training and racing. Leave you with one of my favorite running quotes. It seems relevant today.

                "Ultimate lows are followed by ultimate highs." Coach Stew