Wednesday, November 28, 2007


That kind of night. Dunno if it's work or something else. Nutritional? I eat well, I think. What the heck, anyway??

Home late cuz the commute sucks and traffic sucks, and the roads are crappy, bleah, bleah. Changed into my running gear before I melt down, out to burn off whatever this frustration is. I pushed pretty hard, I think. Head down and lots of energy.

The usual, up to 14th Street and back. There are a few runners out there, just as many bikers, and lots walking too. But it still seems empty along the river paths. Maybe it's the darkness.

Hey! I just realized I've been writing this thing for three years now. Three and a month. How about that?

Distance: 7.03 km. Time: 39:05. Average speed: 10.8 kph (5:33 min/km).

Shoes: New Balance 1061.

Weather: Clear and -11C

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Long morning, and nice to get a break for a run. Another grey November day, ho hum. However, the western horizon was terrific. One of those beautiful sights that surprise and delight when you live close to mountains.

I did the usual run to 14th Street and back. A brisk wind was blowing from the west, and it was a little chilly until I got warmed up. A few people were out; I think I was a little late to run into the Sunday morning crowd.

When I got to my finish line, I found GPS shut down. I need to remember to plug it in more often. I'll use the last run's stats.

Distance: 6.84 km. Time: 38:42. Average speed: 10.6 kph (5:40 min/km).

Shoes: New Balance 1061.

Weather: Mostly cloudy and 2C.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Running in the Dark

Geez, where did the daylight go? Traffic was not great tonight, so it was a little late before I got home, changed, stretched and out the door. Into the darkness.

Yesterday's snow didn't help either, though I didn't find anywhere too treacherous. I don't think there's been enough packing or melting to make it icy, but I was staying aware and on the cleaned paths.

I'm still taking it easy, and watching how my knee is going. It's feeling a lot better lately, and the running seems to actually be helping. Hopefully, it'll soon not be a concern.

Distance: 6.84 km. Time: 38:42. Average speed: 10.6 kph (5:40 min/km).

Shoes: New Balance 1061.

Weather: Mainly sunny and 3C.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Brief Break

My knee has been a little shakey ever since the marathon, and a few weeks ago seemed like it was flaring up. So I thought I'd give it a break. However, not running leaves me feeling a little stir-crazy. And I worry that I haven't adjusted my calorie intake to compensate.

I was a little slow to get out the door, too. I was just finishing up my pre-run stretching when Nony called for a much-overdue chat.

I stuck to a short route to see what's up, just to 14th Street. I felt a little stiff for the first kilometre and a half, but after that, I felt really good.

A nice day, kind of Indian Summer although it's awfully late in the year for that for this part of the world. Lots of runners out, and everyone enjoying the sunshine.

Distance: 10.05 km. Time: 57:24. Average speed: 10.4 kph (5:46 min/km).

Shoes: New Balance 1061.

Weather: Mainly sunny and 3C.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Back to the Long Runs

Haven't done a really long run for what seems like ages. I think the hiking season is over for me, given the snow that has been coming down, so it's time to get back to it.

And this morning the snow was really coming down. I got out and headed to Crescent Road, where I could just barely make out the outline of the Canterra Tower across the river.

Fresh snow everywhere, and a fair amount of traffic running the other way. Even across the river were singles, couple and groups, just visible through the snow. It seemed to get thicker as I chugged along the promenade, and the highrises a couple of blocks away where almost obscured by the snow fall.

No plows had been out save for a single swipe along the promenade. It stuck to the front of my running tights and windbreaker, and my gloves were icing up. But it was lovely to run in. The snow wasn't so deep to make running in it difficult, but there was lots to cushion each step.

I plodded along, passing 14th Street and Crowchild, and heading into the Lawrey Gardens Natural Area. Crossing the tracks to the path below Spruce Cliff, the snow started to let up a little, and about five minutes from the track crossing at Edworthy, it stopped.

On the way back toward the downtown, the paths started to get a little slushy. And I felt great. I wasn't setting any speed records. In fact a couple of intervals I was below 10 kph. The damn slush, though - I started getting wet feet from splashing myself as I ran along.

Coming up to 10th Street, I noticed the GPS had died. I was sure I had it plugged in and charged, but apparently not. I had been guessing that I would probably get to my end point about 1:50, so I'll go with that.

Today's run:
Distance: 15.8 km. Time: 1:38:00. Average speed: 9.7 kph. (6:12 min/km)
Rest distance: 1.20 km. Rest time: 11:00.
Total distance: 17.00 km. Total time: 1:50:00.

Shoes: New Balance 1061.

Weather: Light snow and -1C at the start; cloudy and 0C at the end.

Tardy Halloween Run

I just realized I haven't written this one up. It wasn't too exciting, just the Crowchild loop, but there were a lot of runners out.

And of course, being Halloween, there were some in costume. The best was probably Spiderman, sans mask. But there was also a pretty creepy looking clown, too. Other than that nothing too interesting. A couple of people wearing deely-bobbers or other odd head gear, and a few with face paint.

Good run, nice evening.

Distance: 10.05 km. Time: 57:24. Average speed: 10.5 kph (5:43 min/km).

Shoes: New Balance 1061.

Weather: No idea.