October 31st, 2005
No running tonight. I had spent the day looking forward to
hanging with T and doing some trick-or-treating but I ended up getting
ditched :) Tori had spent part of the afternoon at the Halloween
Howl at Mayfair with her afterschool care, during which she and Haley
concocted a plan to trick or treat together and it worked. All it
took was a “Dad, I really want to!” and I was convinced. So
instead of trick-or-treating with T, my buddy Patrick came over and we
had a good BS. I went and picked T up around 8:00 and on the way
home we were treated to multiple fireworks displays. Had an
excellent one right out in front of the house as we were walking
in. I have enjoyed the day of no running, and I am sure my legs
are loving me for it but I am looking forward to a good workout
tomorrow night. I won’t be able to make the track with the club
but will get a workout from the coach thru email tomorrow.
October 30th, 2005
It was an early morning today (for a Sunday) T was not too excited
about that but was a trooper and made it up alright. Had a quick
breakfast and then relaxed for a bit before heading up to
Shawnigan. It was a quiet ride up, just some music in the CD
player, T kinda snoozed some more. We made it up to the Community
Center where the race was being organized by around 8:45, I got my race
number and then found a nice quiet spot to sit for awhile. Shaun
and Dini came up around 9:30 to hang with T while I ran so that gave me
some time to get ready and warm up before the 10:00 start. Had a
good run, still battling the cold some, my chest was tight for most of
the run and I did have a couple of coughing fits but nothing too
bad. The course is pretty challenging, lots of hills so I am very
happy with the results. Legs are stiff and I am expecting some
soreness tomorrow so will take the day off and enjoy Halloween with
T. After the race had time to come home get cleaned up and sneak
in a little nap before heading to the Royal Theatre to see Maestro Joey
conduct Platypus Theatre's Music, Masks and Monsters. Going to
have a very lazy evening and I am sure a great sleep tonight.
October 29th, 2005
No running today, woke up and had no motivation to run at all. I
figure another day of rest this week can't hurt, hopefully the cold
will be that much better for tomorrow. The girls were good this
morning, T came in and gave me my morning hug then let me sleep in for
a bit. Not too much going on today, after dropping Haley off at
her gymnastics, T and I went to the mall for a quick card shop and some
Starbucks. We lounged the afternoon away at home then this
evening went to Sauce for dinner. It was a double birthday
dinner, Erin W. and Shaun being the birthday girl and boy. Had a
good meal and some great company, we left before the cake with some
regret but we're walked out by Miss S. and said a nice "Goodnight".
I am feeling good about tomorrow, will get a good nights sleep tonight and see what the morning brings.
October 28th, 2005
Another run from the Youth Centre tonight. Had planned on just
going out for 20 minutes or so but ended up going a bit further.
I think I use running much like someone else might use therapy. I
can have an absolutely crappy day and then go for a run and 10 minutes
into it things just don't seem so bad anymore, I love that
feeling!! Solo running can sometimes be a struggle, feel like an
unwanted chore but then there are other times, like tonight, when I
just put it on cruise control and zone out, enjoying the scenery and
the sound of the rain crashing off the path I am on, it gets almost
euphoric. I did end up getting back to the Youth Centre and
picked up T and her friend Haley who has come along for a
sleepover. On the way home we stopped in at Il Greco's for a
couple of pizzas and now the girls are watching "Josie and the
Pussycats", looks like it could be a very musical evening.
Not sure about running tomorrow, right now I am thinking of an early
quick run just enough to warm the legs up, maybe 20 minutes worth with
a couple of strides thrown in. Will have to wait and see how I
feel in the morning.
October 27th, 2005
Feeling better today.
T spent the night with her mom so I was able to make it out to the "Y"
and join the team for the "7-Hills" run. We started off with 15
runners and picked up a few more along the way, Tony Y. and Brent B. on
the way out and Jim B. caught up to us near the top of Lotbinere on the
way back. It was Maestro Joey's inaugural 7-Hill run and he
seemed to be in good spirits afterward - a good sign for a sure
return. We set a good brisk pace tonight with stops at the top of
each hill to regroup. It was kinda windy out but I found that if
you tucked in behind "The Sandsquinch" you could hide from the wind,
I'll have to see if I can find a picture of "The Sandsquinch" to post
up here at some point. Legs felt good tonight, think the day off
yesterday has paid off. I am feeling confident going into the
Shawnigan Half this weekend especially with the cold/flu on the way
out. Hoping for somewhere in the hour and a half range on Sunday.
October 26th, 2005
Have a stinkin cold!!!
Definately not feeling well today. Will not run :(
Hopefully with a night of rest and some meds will feel better tomorrow
and be up for the 7-Hills route. Gonna lounge in front of the TV
with T tonight.
October 25th, 2005
Started with about a 10 minute warm up and then did 3 - 2 minute
intervals with 1 minute rest between took a 2 minute set break and then
did 4 - 2 minute intervals with 1 minute rest between. Used the
rest of the time as a cool down. After the work out Tori and I
picked up her friend Shauna and her Uncle James, and we met up with
Mar, Hugh, and Jon for some Halloween fun at Galey Farms, checked out
the Haunted House and Corn Maze. Mar, Shauna, Tori and I went
thru' the Haunted House together, Mar and I each with one little girl
on our backs. Was alot of fun!! My cold is still here,
maybe even a bit worse than yesterday, may take tomorrow off and see if
that helps some.
October 24th, 2005
Nice and easy!After dropping T off at the Youth Centre. Lisa L. joined me for a
nice and easy out and back. Left the Centre, went down to the
Goose then toward the Songhee's walkway and then along the walkway just
past Spinnakers and back. Was getting pretty dark by the time we
got back to the Centre. Felt good on the legs but the cold has
really started to take hold, coughing and such. Am starting to
get worried about how it will be for this Sunday's Shawnigan Half.
October 24, 2005
My first time for this route. I joined Rob, Ken, Mar, Sylvan,
Dave and Pano for about 80 minutes of gorgeous trail running in and
around Thetis Lake Park. It was a great day to be out and
running. Took a short water/pit stop at Francis King Park.
Mar, Sylvan and I brunched at the Chequered Flag after the run.
Unfortunately I have started to feel the beginnings of a cold this