Day #40

13 km evening run

Got into my running gear right after coming home from work. When I left the house it was nice and dry, but as soon as I started running it began raining fairly hard. Fortunately it stopped after 3 or 4 km, though the rain came back on the last 15min of the run. Oh well… Run itself was at a good pace and I felt pretty good – I really liked the high cadence of 181 steps per minute. That must be close to a record for a training run. Overall, pretty happy how it went (apart from a stupid driver when getting home 🙁

Day #39

12 km evening run with the Den

Decided to run the 2km to the Den as a warm up and then run home right after the workout. Made it to the store just in time. Next time I need to give myself another 5 minutes to get there a little more on time. The workout was going up Lansdowne and then doing a few repeats along David. It was a really tough workout I had to stop once at the halfway mark to get up the hill. Paul was so nice to pull me up. I really have issues with hills, especially when they tend to be longer. Less weight and running more hills are the only things that will help… Overall a good workout and I felt pretty beat once back at home. It will be interesting to see how the recovery run will go tomorrow.


Day #38

18 km afternoon long run

Vancouver Fall weather has finally caught up with my running. Pouring rain all along the way. There were only a very few runners out there today and overall very little traffic on the roads and sidewalks. I guess everybody was inside at home or in the mall. At least it wasn’t that cold, but I did have some minor issues with chafing in the groin area. Need to remember to use some vaseline or similar when going out in this kind of weather. Pace was really good. Compared to the same route 2 weeks ago I dropped 16s in pace and 4 bpm in heart rate. Pretty happy about that. Was pretty tired towards the very end, but overall felt pretty good. Took a nice long hot bath when I got home…

Day #37

6 km easy afternoon run

Nice and easy with Lily. I was a little surprised at first on how slow I was going. I thought I could easily do sub 6:00 min/km for easy runs by now. But then I remembered that the previous evening I ran close to 5:00 min/km. My body was telling me that it needs to recover and I cannot just put that run away. This is a very positive thing and re-affirms the need to use a HRM for the easy runs to control the actual (objective) effort of the run.

Lily did very well today and trotted nicely beside me for almost the whole way. There were only 2 moments where she got a little excited / mad, but in both cases it was very short and halfhearted.

Day #36

10 km fast night run

Just barely missed a 5:00 min/km training run. Doesn’t matter though, it will come. Anyways, this was the fastest run since I (re)started running. It felt very good until about the last km. At that point I noticed that there was not much left in the tank. But it doesn’t matter…

I think it is better to run 10 + 6 km instead of 8 + 8 km. I will do the 10 km at medium pace and the 6 at easy pace. Feeling pretty good.

Day #35

8 km easy night run

My HRM wouldn’t work correctly for the first km, so I had to slow down over the next few km to average out the heart rate numbers. But this was a good thing as it forced me really to slow down. It felt very relaxing to run at this pace. Managed to stay overall under 140 bpm while running faster than 6 min/km. Pretty nice run.

Near the crunch an owl flew fairly close past my head. Close enough to give me a little scare. It then sat on a lamp post and observed. I was kind of worried the bird would go after me, especially after hearing from other runners about owl attacks. Anyway, nothing happened and I started forgetting about the owl.

Day #34

7.8 km with Den clinic

Good workout with the Den. We ran 6x 45s with 45s rest and then another set of 6x 90s with 45s rest. The latter part was run in hilly Balmorral so it was pretty hard. But doable. I felt much better today than the last 2 workouts with the Den. At least I felt that I could keep up with the others except for the last leg where the hill kind of killed me.

Looking at the stats I am a little concerned with my ground contact balance numbers. It seems that in the last few weeks I am starting to favour my left quite a bit more. Today it was pretty extreme with 51.1%. I hope this is not a sign that an injury is coming up. The only (very slight) discomforts I have recently noticed is my right groin area (hernia?) and my left knee cap. Both are not painful – these are just areas I have noticed. I need to keep monitoring the GCT very closely and see if there is any trending going on…

Week #8

Distance Pace Weight
Last week 42 km 5:35 min/km 100.4 kg
This week 47 km 5:30 min/km 99.8 kg

Highlights of this week:

  • First week under 100kg!
  • Longest run in this season, and also one of the hardest ones
  • No Clinic run this week. Did a faster medium run instead

Overall it was a good week. I did shuffle my week around a little and I ended up running 4 days instead of 5, but that was okay. I did a longer run on Thursday and added 2km to my long run. In the end it worked out well. But I am not quite there yet to put massive hills into the my long runs.

Day #33

20 km mid day long run

Big mistake planning to run up Heritage Mountain Blvd. I nearly died going up there. I had to take three (!) walking breaks just to make it up to the High School. Once I was up there it was okay. It was not easy running to Noons Creek, but manageable. Downhill was, of course, easy after this torture making it up there. The remaining 13 km were fairly uneventful – decent pace all the way back although it did catch up to on the last few kms. I know I will feel this distance in my legs for the next day or two. Curious to see how the Tuesday clinic will work out.

Was fairly cold and windy, but I was so exhausted and warmed up that I hardly noticed the environment.



Day #32

6 km mid day run with dog

Lily drove me a little crazy today. She acted out three times and tested me. But finally she caved and we got along just fine. The run itself was easy enough. Getting pretty chilly, though. I had to wear a sweater for this run as it was too cold. If this continues I will need a toque and some gloves. Also, some very light flurries during my run. Nothing that would stick on the ground, but nonetheless I hope this is not a sign for things to come this winter.