Week #1

Distance [km] Pace [min/km] Weight [kg]
Target 26
Actual 26 6:26 103.2

As good as a first week can go, I guess. Pretty happy that I hit my target of 26 km for this week. Next week I am going for 28 km and I will try to break under 103 kg. No real formal weekly targets, probably will see how this month goes and then set some goals for October. Still need to work on getting out in the morning for my runs. At least on Wednesdays and Fridays. Apart from that I will play it by ear…

Day #4

8km evening run in light rain

Amelie has been asking to run with me for weeks, so I took her along. At first she wanted to do the full planned 8km with me, but after 3km we turned around and she did 6km. We had a few walking breaks on the way back, but Amelie did very well – I could tell she was hurting. Hope she won’t be too sore the next few days… Lily also ran along, but she was a little annoying today weaving left and right in front of us.

I felt pretty good, probably because the pace was a little slower than it would have been had I run by myself. I added 2km in our neighborhood running to the Middle School and picked up the pace. All in all, good workout.

Day #3

6km evening run

Okay run. Pace was a little faster than the first 2 runs. It is a little earlier to see any training benefits, but I think I should see some buildup over the next 2 weeks. Again a very nice evening in Port Moody, but somewhat less crowded than on Wednesday.

Same story as Wednesday, just couldn’t get out in the morning. Need to really work on this. Running in the evenings is just too disruptive as it breaks dinner plans and others schedules. I am jealous of early risers who effortlessly get up early and just get out. I was always fascinated by an old blog called the “Predawn Runner”…


Day #2

7km evening run

Went okay, as expected. Shore inline trail was pretty crowded, so there was a lot weaving between people. Either I get out early in the morning or I need to wait for rainy season to have my quiet. But I cannot really complain as it is was a gorgeous sunset tonight. I noticed that my hips are pretty tight – sitting in an office all day is starting to take its toll. Once I have lost some substantial weight I should consider some stretching and strength build up again.

Just couldn’t get my butt out of the door this morning, although I did get up. It is dark at 6am which doesn’t help. I am annoying the family with my 6am alarm that can only be turned off when scanning a specific barcode…

Day #1

5km early morning run

Managed to get out of the door and also took Lily with me. She seemed to enjoy the run more than I did, but got really mad when we passed the dog park without stopping 😉

Okay, this is an attempt to journal my runs (and perhaps some wandering thoughts every once in a while) to figure out why I cannot get past a few weeks/months of running without giving up again… Perhaps this blog will help.

The audience is primarily myself, but I don’t mind if others read this…

I have been running since the age of 14 (way back in 1981) and I have been keeping a journal of my running since 1983. There are over 2500 recorded runs and the total recorded distance is more than 29,000 km in my diary. I had really good times and ran competitively in my late teens and somewhat competitively in my early to mid forties. But I have also fallen off the wagon way too often. Despite my weight yo-yoing within a range of 25kg, I am physically able to run. It is really my head space that is causing these interruptions. Now, having turned 50 this year I really want to figure out a way to stay consistently in the game and enjoy running…