Monday, 23 February 2009

Do you ever....

....have so much going on in your life and no momentum to write about it? Well kiddo's that is where I'm at.

Running is going well for the marathon in May. Ruby is on her trainer and getting well used in preparation for the Century Ride in June (well 200K really, there and back). I even bought her some things over the weekend, nothing exciting, but I did get a tire pump that fits onto the frame, some Allan keys and some thingamagingies that will help peel off the tire should I get a flat (now I need to learn how to change a tire). I also checked out some bike shoes at Pecco's, which I'll be saving for...holy yikes!

Anywhooooooooo, I'm going to take a wee break from blogging, but I will be lurking and checking in on you. So be good, have fun and I'll catch up with you all soon!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,


Monday, 16 February 2009

A total blunder

Today was Family Day in Ontario, some government offices were open, some were closed, banks were closed, the post office was open and couriers were not working, does anybody know who is suppose to be working and who isn't?

My office was open today, however, we are all on contract (mine has a little less leeway), so whether the guys come in or not is up to them. Out of six of us, three were there and one more filtered in around 10:30. Since I had plenty of time to do nothing this morning I had the chance to go through the pile of stuff on my desk and on the credenza behind me. As I was sorting through things I saw a cloth object that was guessed it 'The Shirt that Races', oh my gawd! I can't believe it!!! It is still here in Ontario and not in Tennessee for the February 14th race for Nicole!!


Ever since I received the shirt, it has been a bit of an albatross (albeit a nice one).

I am so embarrassed and I can not tell a is on my desk, Nicole I am sooooo sorry!

Now what? Nicole do you have another race that you can wear it at before it is to be passed along to the next runner, do I send it to the runner after Nicole...

What to do, what to do...I am so embarrassed....

Life's fun if you don't weaken,


Saturday, 7 February 2009

6.21371192237 on the 7th ***

Way back when I recall signing up for a virtual run on the 7th of this month. The dealeo was to run 7 on the 7th, similar to Non-Runner Nancy's virtual races from last year.

Honestly, and maybe it is my age, but I can't for the life of me remember who is hosting this virtual run and why....

Someone please refresh my sieve of a memory ~ please! Anyhooo, I am scheduled to run 10K today, so that is what I'll do

The weather forecast all week was for rain and freezing rain today, but now they have changed it to +7C, yikes a Chinook and we don't even get them, but we do affectionately call the abrupt change in weather a Calgary Clipper. I'm going to take full advantage of a reasonably warm day and get out and enjoy it.

The Winter Triathlon has already kicked off this morning as I write this post, so after my weekly Saturday morning telephone date with my 88 year old father, I'll head into town to watch my friend Anne compete in the skate, ski and run winter tri. Wooo Hooo go getter Anne!!

On a side note, my spin classes are going really well, I'm loving them and if I do say so, I'm not going to be as nervous the first time out on the road as I was last year. Spinning is really helping my confidence and my balance, along with my stamina. For all of you hard core cyclists, you know who you are, Blue, Judi, and Sprocketboy , just beware, you might have a convert in me! I do need help with building my arms and upper body, so any suggestions you may have please feel free to pass them along. I am attempting albeit feebly, attempting push ups...and I use the term loosely!!

Tomorrow is our first LSD with the 5-hour marathon group. This 13K run will be the longest distance for some of the runners. I have to admit, on Tuesday night I ran a faster pace than what was required, but I just wanted to see how the runners could manage a 7:30 pace and where their strengths were. Sunday's run will definitely be much slower and with walk breaks. For new runner's the run 10 minute, walk 1 minute, certainly helps them with their running and really helps them with their recovery! After all, we are not elites.....

Monday after work, I'm headed to the Gatineau Park for a full moon snowshoe excursion to one of the chalets and back, this will be my first attempt so I'll let you know how it goes!


Well, we did it!

6.21371192237 miles on the 7th !!!

It was a great run! I really, really enjoyed it and you know what? We all have one!! Nope, not a belly button, but a inner clock, that comfort zone, that natural pace and cadence that you run when you are cruising along comfortably. And that is exactly how my run went today.

The weather man had lied to me, promising +7C, but instead it was -5C with a windchill making it feel like -10C. Luckily I had dressed properly and I ran around my little peninsula in the Ottawa River while enjoying the sights and sounds of my community. There were snowmobiler's, people out ice-fishing on Buckham's Bay along with a great game of shinny going on as well. People embrace the winter season here, you have to, either that or you head for Cuba.

My run was 1:07:43, and as you know, Garmins don't lie, hahahaha....thanks for that great line Vava!

So, I'd like to take a moment to thank Run to Finish for hosting this fantastic event, you certainly got a lot of us up off the couch and out the door to enjoy a wonderful winters day!

Well, that's it for now,

Life's fun if you don't weaken,