Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Modo 8K Spring Run Off

Pain
March 8th saw spring arrive in Vancouver and the traditional dash around Stanley Park in the form of the Modo 8K Spring Run Off.

Shorter runs are all about pain.  How much pain are you prepared to endure and for how long?  After some initial dodging of slower runners, I locked into my goal pace and gritted my teeth as the pain kicked in.

44 minutes and 27 seconds later I crossed the finishing line gasping and in a decent amount of pain, but happy to come in under 45 mins.  I came in the middle of the middle.  32 out of 61 runners in my age category.  I'm fine with that as I know I can go faster as my weight continues to drop.

This run comes highly recommended.  There were about 500 other racers, a beautiful course, and all the trappings of a bigger race such as medals, chipped timing, and professional photographers.

Next up, the 30K run at Birch Bay in Washington.




Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mind Running

My Saturday morning long run was hard.  It wasn't just the 20 odd miles I ran, but my mind wasn't in it.

Every mile seemed like a slog.  I was dreading the four plus hours I'd be spending on my feet.

This reminds me - once again - that running this 50K event isn't just going to be a physical challenge.  Spending seven-ish hours on my feet is going to be mentally taxing.

So my valuable take away from this hard run: Don't think about the mileage ahead and just concentrate on the next step.


These blogs detail my journey to a 50 km ultra-marathon as a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Golden Ears Half Marathon and Free Hats.

Free Hat
In my build up to the big 50 K ultra-marathon in May, I have several smaller races planned because well, racing is fun!  And it is good to be in the scene.

The first of these races was the Golden Ears Half Marathon in Langley.

The course starts with an out and back across the Golden Ears Bridge, followed another out and back amongst the forests of Langley.  There was only about 110 runners, so it was very intimate. And I won a running hat. Score!

This was a hard race.  The bridge sucked the energy out of my legs and all the back and forth amongst the forest paths bit into my finishing time.

I think this was the best half marathon I've ever done, I felt strong throughout, but this was not my fastest.  I ran about a 2 hour-and-4-minute-run, a full two minutes slower than my best, and still four minutes away from my long term goal of running in under 2 hours.

I'll hopefully be able to crack 2 hours on the notoriously fast Scotiabank Half Marathon in June, well after my 50K.

Post Run Fuel
After the race, my lovely wife prepared a killer fruit salad and avocado sandwiches to help refuel my weary legs. Thanks Megin!

These blogs detail my journey to a 50 km ultra-marathon as a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.