Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Winter Dropped In for a Minute

Nice snowfall last night, but not a lot. Just enough to snarl up traffic this morning. I'm so glad I can walk to work.

Anyway, they got the paths cleared off, and it seemed like everyone realized we've been having this awesome weather, and they had better get out and enjoy it. The promenade from the Y to the causeway at the west end of Prince's Island was crowded! Lot's of traffic, but after that it thinned out considerably.

I was going to go to Crowchild, but things just didn't feel great, so I cut it short at 14th Street. My shoes are pretty much at the end of their usefulness, and I really notice it. I've ordered new ones, but the ones I get aren't in Western Canada at the moment, so it may be another week. Nike has made some changes, too - the Air Perseus model is now at version 3. Hopefully they still work for me.

Today's run:
Distance: 4.59 km. Time: 24:14. Average speed: 11.4 kph.
Rest distance: 123.4 m. Rest time: 2:00
Total distance: 4.71 km. Total time: 26:14

Weather: Mostly cloudy and -3C. The snow won't likely last long - just long enough to make the car wash owners smile.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Skipped a Distance Run

Vancouver is still a ways off, it was that kind of weekend, and hey, Nony said I could...

Did get out today though. Just a short one, on the 14th Street loop. Felt quite good, once I got underway. I think my stretching is paying off. That right ankle is still a little tight, but much better than last week. Didn't trouble me much today, but I still knew it was there.

Today's run:
Distance: 4.56 km. Time: 28:01. Average speed: 9.8 kph.

Weather: Mainly sunny and 6C. Short and tee shirt weather (January in Calgary - go figure.)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Hard To Run Today

Just seemed to be a slog for some reason. Not a lot of energy, and I've been feeling kinda tired all morning. Anyway, I got through fine, and more or less feel decent now that I'm done.

Byron and I did the short zoo, just to burn off a few calories. Kind of quiet, but you don't get the crowds going east from the downtown area.

Today's run:
Distance: 5.39 km. Time: 35:01. Average speed: 9.2 kph.

That doesn't jive with the 6.17 km over the same route on January 19th. I think the GPS had trouble finding satellites again.

Weather: Cloudy and 1C. Not like earlier in the week, but hey, it's January for gosh's sake! We were getting way spoiled by all that warm weather.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Need a Recharge

Must have left my GPS on after yesterday's run, cuz the battery was dead today. So no record of today's run. I'll take the numbers from the January 12th run, as it was the same route.

Today's run:
Distance: 6.90 km. Time: 38:30. Average speed: 10.8 kph.

Weather: Partly cloudy and 9C. Huge crowds out the other way from our starting point. It's likely the last day of this fantastic weather, and I imagine people want to get as much as they can of it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I'm Listening...

Nony says I need to do lots of stretching. And when I've think I done enough, I need to do more. Mostly I listen to Nony cuz she's wise like that. She must be right cuz my ankle is hardly noticeable today. Some tightness right at the start, but then there always is for the first ten minutes or so, until I warm up. Also went through all the stretches post-run.

Solo today, so I what the heck, I did the Crowchild circuit. With the weather like it is, it would be a crime to stay inside over lunch, and it seemed like everyone in the downtown area felt the same way. But they were late, because the paths felt deserted until my last couple of kilometres.

Today's run:
Distance: 9.82 km. Time: 41:06. Average speed: 14.3 kph.

OK, that can't be right. It should be only about an 8 km run. Musta lost the satellites for awhile. Nothing like relying on unreliable technology.

Weather: Partly cloudy and 10C. That can't be right either, since it's still the middle of January out here on the prairie.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Going Long

Rats. Didn't realize I was out of gels until late last night, and nothing open that I can think of where I can get them. So I took a Powerbar. The first bite almost took my teeth out. After that I kept it in an inside pocket. It was like trying to bite through frozen leather.

Anyway. I was thinking of running along the Elbow today, but with a stiff breeze out of the west, I felt that maybe I should start by running into the wind. So same as last week, going west.

I still have that tightness in the right ankle, that takes about half an hour to work itself out. By the time I passed Crowchild it was fine. No neighbour on the path today, though.

Once past that little bit of a challenge, things went very smoothly, and time passed quickly. I reached the Shouldice Pool about five minutes ahead of last week's run, and then continued across the river and down Bowness Road. By the time I reached my turn-around time, I was just a few metres short of 73rd Street.

After the turn-around, just past the railway underpass, this minivan in deserate need of a ring job went by. It left a blue pall over Bowness Road, all the way to 60th Street. koff, koff

After that, hard slogging. My blister from last week, while much improved, still began to develop its own blister. At least I can walk without limping.

Today's run:
Distance: 25.22 km. Time: 2:24:34. Average speed: 11.1 kph.
Rest distance: 1.43 km. Rest time: 15:30
Total distance: 26.65 km. Total time: 2:40:34

Weather: Drifting snow and 0C to start, but by the end, it was sunny and 4C. Actually a very nice day, and the wind wasn't noticeable along the river. The only time I really noticed it was at the edge of the bluff. For all the sun, there wasn't a huge crowd out enjoying it. Lots out running and walking, but not the big crowd that usually comes out during the warm sunny days.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Friday Solo

Just me today, though I did pass Byron running the other way with a friend. They had a different schedule that me today.

I went for a little distance today, doing the circuit from Sien Lok Park to Edmonton Trail to Crowchild to the Y. Nice weather, a few more people out than the last couple of days, and a better energy on the paths.

Today's run:
Distance: 9.40 km. Time: 50:52. Average speed: 11.1 kph.
Rest distance: 488.6 m. Rest time: 5:00
Total distance: 9.89 km. Total time: 55:52

Weather: Cloudy and -4C. Not bad, good running weather, but oh, so grey.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Cool Runnings

Actually no different, weather-wise, than it has been for the last little while. Not a lot of people out though, like we were way early or something. We did the short zoo loop, just about right.

Today's run:
Distance: 6.17 km. Time: 35:27. Average speed: 10.4 kph.

Weather: Cloudy and -5C, with a little fog hanging around. Glad the wind we've had the past couple of days is gone.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

No Mojo today

Not much to say about today's run. I was solo and went east to Edmonton Trail to cross the river, then west to 14th Street to cross back and return. Started at Sein Lok Park, and ended at the Eau Claire Y.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.01 km. Time: 38:46. Average speed: 10.9 kph.

Weather: Mostly cloudy and 4C. Maybe it was the cloud and the cold breeze, but it seemed like the energy just wasn't there today, like every one was slogging through one more noon hour run. Or I could be having an off day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A Blistering Pace

Well, not really. The pace was OK, but the blister developed toward the end of my run on Sunday, and it's still a little tender.

Anyway, Byron and I headed into a stiff headwind out to Crowchild and back. Lovely day due to the chinook winds, but not a lot of people out. Maybe it was because we were a little late getting out there, because of my memory lapse. I managed to leave my gear in a Starbucks this morning, and had to run down to retrieve it. At least I got a little bit of a warm up in that.

Today's run:
Distance: 8.07 km. Time: 43:37. Average speed: 11.1 kph.

Weather: Mainly sunny and 6C, but windy, from the west at 48 kph, gusting to 68 kph. Those gusts definitely slow you down on occasion.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Great Fluffy Snowflakes, Big As Cats!

Well, not that big, but quite fluffy, and very pretty. Actually shovelled the walk twice this morning.

Someone was standing at my front step in full running gear as I'm getting ready to head out for my run. Turns out to be one of my new neighbours, waiting for her friends to pick her up. They were going to drive to Edworthy Park to start their run there. Always nice to meet another runner.

After wishing each other a great run, I headed toward the bluff, down The Path Under The Stairs, and across the foot bridge to Prince's Island. Time to head west today, especially with all the fresh snow. The paths going west tend to get plowed pretty quickly, and I figured that would be easier than slogging through a fresh fall of ankle deep snow. So west from near Eau Claire, along the promenade, then back to the north side of the river under the C-Train bridge.

That first thirty minutes was a little challenging. My right ankle was feeling a little tight and it was taking its time loosening up. By the time I got past Crowchild, it felt much better. And just about there, three ladies went by smiling and waving - my new neighbour and her friends going the other way.

After that it was straight on past Edworthy and up to and even past Shouldice Park, to my turn-around point were Bowness Road crosses the river on Shouldice Bridge. Then back toward home.

Reaching Edworthy, I passed a couple of small Land Rovers, one with a plow and one with a rotating brush. They were just starting to head east, cleaning off the path. They stayed with me all the way to Crowchild. Kinda like having my own pace cars, or some kind of escort.

And just before Crowchild, I met my neighbour and friends heading the other way again.

Back to the C-Train bridge, over to the promenade, then across the foot bridge and up The Path Under The Stairs. Then zig-sag and I'm home. A great run, and lots of people out doing the same.

Today's run:
Distance: 21.84 km. Time: 2:03:33. Average speed: 10.6 kph.
Rest distance: 1.26 km. Rest time: 13:00
Total distance: 23.10 km. Total time: 2:16:33

Weather: Light snow and -2C to start, changing to cloudy and -1C by the end. A little bit of a breeze started about half an hour into it, but didn't last. Certainly not nearly as brisk as was forcast.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Cool Friday

I love Fridays, cuz that means the weekend is here! Nice time to run too.

Today I was solo, and did the Crowchild loop. Though we didn't get all that much snow a couple of days ago, it hasn't been warm enough to really melt it away, and there are some slippery spots here and there.

Seemed awfully quiet out there today. There seemed to be more people walking than running. Perhaps because we're nowhere near the forcast high of 8C. It was a chilly walk to work this morning, and that chill is still out there.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.46 km. Time: 40:52. Average speed: 11.0 kph.
Rest distance: 441.6 m. Rest time: 4:00
Total distance: 7.90 km. Total time: 44:52

Weather: Partly cloudy and -2C - not bad, but not a crowd pleaser. Maybe everyone had lunch dates or something.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

After a Brief Dip Into Winter

Was a cold night last night and very foggy morning. On the way into work this mroning, I could see nothing of downtown from Cresent Road except the lights around Eau Claire. Ten minutes later, on the other side of the river, stars were showing. Strange, weatherwise.

Byron and I ran the long zoo. Great day, and lots of people out. What snow was on the paths is beginning to melt in the sun, though there was the occasional icy spot. We both pulled back a little and enjoyed the scenery.

Today's run:
Distance: 6.89 km. Time: 38:24. Average speed: 10.8 kph.

Weather: Partly cloudy and -2C, although the cloud never came between us and the sun.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Sneakin' Out Early

Since I have stuff happening over the noon hour, and since things slowed down quite a bit in the late morning, I thought I'd sneak out and get a quick run in. From Sein Lok Park, east to Edmonton Trail, then west to 14th Street and back. Nothing special and before the noon crowd is out. Nice run.

Today's run:
Distance: 6.87 km. Time: 37:06. Average speed: 11.1 kph.
Rest distance: 378.8m. Rest time: 4:00
Total distance: 7.25 km. Total time: 41:06

Weather: Cloudy and -2C. There was a little bit of snow earlier in the day, but only enough to notice. Winter is still hiding out.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

First Run From the New Place

Today is the first time I've left my new home for a run. It's also the first distance run of the year. I'm back to running out and back in set times, and today, it was an hour out and an hour back.

I headed to the bluff, then down Nony's Awful Little Hill to the Centre Street bridge. From there I went east, past the fort, and then headed south along the Elbow River. I haven't been down that way since before the floods of last summer, and was curious about what had been affected.

I got to the small bridge across the Elbow behind the SaddleDome and found the path was fenced off. So across the bridge, around the SaddleDome and through the Stampede grounds. At the south end of the grounds, I regained the path and was off under McLeod Trail.

Under each of the McLeod Trail bridges was a sizeable tent city on the other side of the river. Lots of blankets and stuff, and the odd well-loaded shopping cart.

Around the Talisman Centre, and under 25th Avenue and across the river, then over to 26th Avenue. Followed that to Mission Road, then along Elbow Drive to 32nd Avenue, where there's a suspension foot bridge across to Rideau Road, which somehow didn't get washed away during last summer's monsoons. Then along that side of the river until just past Stanley Park, where my first hour was up. I was rather surprised to get that far in an hour.

From there, I just turned around and retraced my steps all the way back home.

Today's run:
Distance: 18.81 km. Time: 1:45:37. Average speed: 10.7 kph.
Rest distance: 1.10 km. Rest time: 11:00
Total distance: 19.91 km. Total time: 1:56:37

Weather: Fog and -5C at the start, according to Environment Canada, but the fog was more like a light haze, not quite thick enough to obsure the mountains in the distance. By the end, it was partly cloudy and -2C. Good running weather.

Friday, January 06, 2006


A bit of a long run today, for fun. I did the reverse Crowchild route, but added a little to it by heading east first, and crossing the river at Edmonton Trail. That actually pushes the distance to about 10 km.

Another lovely day, if overcast. Lots out running and walking, cuz we never know when this weather will end, and we're plunged into winter again.

Today's run:
Distance: 9.63 km. Time: 50:35. Average speed: 11.4 kph.
Rest distance: 504.7 m. Rest time: 5:00
Total distance: 10.13 km. Total time: 55:35

Weather: Cloudy and 6C. Still waiting for the cold to come back.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Almost Summer Out There

Met up with Byron and we did the reverse long zoo route. Another gorgeous January day, ho hum. And so many people out running, walking and whatever. Can't last, so we're out as much as we can.

The GPS didn't get a lock by the time we started, so the times and speed is a little out of whack. It felt like a good run, though.

Today's run:
Distance: 6.49 km. Time: 40:03. Average speed: 9.7 kph

Weather: Mainly sunny and 5C. Not at all like yer daddy's January.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

More of a Beautiful January

This weather just isn't letting up. It's great! In fact, it was nice enough for shorts and T-shirt. Lot's of people out on the paths, too.

Did the reverse Crowchild run today. No one out to meet me, so it was a solo run as well.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.74 km. Time: 41:11. Average speed: 11.3 kph.

Weather: Mainly sunny and 7C. The weatherman is saying it won't last, though. By Sunday, we'll be back with sub-zero highs.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Unreal January

Just me and Byron today, though we caught up with (and passed) Carla and Peter-Mark about a kilometre on. Another beautiful day out, and the whole of downtown seems to be out for a stroll/walk/run. We tried to keep it slow and low key, but our natural pace seems to be around 11 kph, and that's where we ended up. Just a short run to 14th Street and back, cuz we're both sort of recovering from colds and the Resolution Run.

Today's run:
Distance: 5.10 km. Time: 26:57. Average speed: 11.4 kph.

Weather (the unreal part): Sunny and 2C. A very light breeze, and I was thinking I could be wearing shorts.

Monday, January 02, 2006

First Run of the Year

Everyone who works downtown has the day off today, except Byron, poor sod. So we met up for a run to the zoo and back. Lovely day for it, and everything is feeling just fine after that hard push on New Year's Eve. Even the cold had backed off, so I didn't get the hard hacking cough afterwards like the other night.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.47 km. Time: 43:20. Average speed: 10.3 kph.

Weather: Mostly cloudy and 1C. The chinook arch is holding just west of the city. Just stellar weather for this time of year.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Resolution Run 2005

Last run of the year, and a great finish! I haven't run for almost two weeks due to a cold, and wasn't sure it was a great idea to be running yet. I have this lingering cough, and scratchy throat, but I'd signed up and was determined to be out there.

We had a great group too: Byron, Mike, Chris, Peter-Mark and Carla. In the cheering section was Caroline and Veronica, and Katie, Becky and Logan. We even had a little bonding between Leafs fans Logan and Peter-Mark. And one of the coolest things of the night was that is was Chris' first race.

Byron, Mike, Chris and I started fairly close to the front of the pack. We lost Carla and Peter-Mark, and I think they were farther back. We had a great start, not too much traffic, and we set a heck of a pace, which I didn't capture for the first one and a quarter kilometres, as I managed to not start the timer on the GPS. But the four of us were on pace at 12.3 kph for the first half.

After that, Mike pulled ahead, and Byron joined him a half a kilometre later. Meanwhile, Chris and I kept the pace and enjoyed the run. Around six and a half kilometres, Mike's knee started to slow him down, and we caught up. I left Chris with them and kept pace with Byron, though I was never able to close within less than about 50 metres.

He crossed the finish at about 40:45, and I got there not quite 15 seconds later. Chris and Mike were about two minutes behind us. Then it was catch breath, have a bit of a coughing fit, and wait for Carla and Peter-Mark, who crossed about 54:00.

A fantastic run, great weather, great friends, and a wonderful cheering section. Too cool!

Today's run:
Distance: 8.00 km. Time: 41:00 (unofficial). Average speed: 11.7 kph (calculated).

The captured stats:
Distance: 6.76 km. Time: 32:57. Average speed: 12.3 kph. Byron and I held this speed all the way, and that's the fastest I've been over an entire run. Ever.

Weather: Clear and -8C. That's a seven degree drop from when I left home for the starting line. But a beautiful evening none-the-less.

And here's some year-end stats: I ran a total of 1692.84 km, and I took 170.25 hours to do it. That's just over seven days. That gives me an average speed of 9.94 kph, or a pace of 6.03 minutes per kilometre.

It's been a good year.