August 31st, 2006
Got in a nice lunch run, a loop around Macaulay at a steady pace.
Felt good to get away from the office for a bit and was able to enjoy
some of that great weather we had today.
I picked T up early from her day camp and then had to head back to work
and run the end of month routine. After work T and I had a
meeting with the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. We are
getting T all set up with a Big Sister and they met each other for the
first time tonight. Looks like they will have their first outing
in the next week T is really looking forward to it!!
August 30th, 2006
It was a Mom night for T so after work I met up with Diva, Deby, Dave K
and Doc C at Thetis for an easy run tonight. I got there a little
early to run some extra so all together got in just over an hour of
running. After the run we all went up to Doc C's place for a BBQ
and very informal club meeting. Coach Boob, Joanie and the boys
joined us as well as Maestro who did all the cooking - very
August 29th, 2006
Knowing that I was only going to run once today I decided to make it a
little more intense. I ran the Switch Bridge route and starting
from the 1km marker on the Goose did 1 minute intervals with a 30
second recovery in between. I ran 8 intervals on the way out
finishing just before the Bridge, then took a 2 minute set break and
ran 9 on the way back. It felt great to get some turn over in the
legs after all those longer slower runs recently.
After picking T up from her day camp we spent the evening at home
relaxing, and I was able to catch up some more on my bugging and
August 28th, 2006
It has been a busy day, too busy at work to fit in a lunch run and no
Youth Centre tonight for T so I decided to bail on getting in a run
today. Probably not a bad idea after the two longer runs this
Instead T and I spent the night relaxing at home. I was able to
catch up on two weeks worth of bugging and teasing inside of two hours,
T loves being home
August 27th, 2006
Took it easy this morning, had tried to sleep in but the seagulls were
in full chorus this morning starting at 6:30 - I
was wide awake shortly after that and not feeling comfortable laying in
bed any more. I found out this evening that the baby seagulls are
just learning to fly and that is why they are sooooooo vocal right now,
but it should be over soon.
up and out right away, went to Starbucks for a coffee then a stop at
Thrifty's for some lunch stuff for T.
Went for a run at the lakes early this evening with Lisa L, two casual
loops. A good last visit with her before she heads back to London.
Will see how things are feeling tomorrow but may try for a double.
August 26th, 2006
It was a stupid early morning, up and out the door by 5am to meet Doc C
at Thetis Lake for a 5:30 pick up. We parked one vehicle there
and then carpooled out to Caleb Pike to start our run From Caleb Pike
parking lot on the Gowlland Tod trail over Holmes and Jocelyn peaks all
the way down to McKenzie Bight. Then we headed to the summit of
Mount Work, down the other side and continued on to Stewart Mountain,
up and over and finally along the Thetis trails and finishing at the
main beach where we soaked our legs for awhile. Doc C drove me
back out to Caleb Pike to pick up my car and then I went in to work to
give it a good wash.
After the car wash I met up with James R at Molι for a late breakfast
and a good visit. We were in there awhile catching up and sharing
some stories. After Molι I had a bunch of running around to do
early this afternoon and then came home to get cleaned up.
It was only a short stay at home and then back out the door for the
trip over the Malahat for Lisa L's BBQ. Had another good visit
with her, and her friends and family plus a ton of good food. On
the way home I was able to swing by Miss S's Birthday BBQ for the last
visit of the day - made it there just in time for the cake
wasn't able to stay too long as I am totally wiped, it has been a long
August 25th, 2006
Did not spend a lot of time at work today. Went in for a few
hours this morning but then left to go pick up T at the Y, she
returned from Camp Thunderbird today. It was great to see her but
it looks like she has grown a couple more inches, going to have to
seriously look into growth stunting, maybe some kind of height
We came home so that she could get in a good shower and relax
some. Then we wandered up to Starbucks, on the way T had all
kinds of Camp stories and was trying to get them all out at once it
was hilarious. Unfortunately it was a whirlwind visit with T this
afternoon as I had to head back into work late to do some end of day
stuff and get T to her Mom, who was coming there to pick her up.
Can't wait until Monday to hear some more Camp stories!!
No training today, took it as a rest day as the plan is to meet up with
Doc C early tomorrow at Thetis and then carpool out to Caleb Pike for a
point to point run. Will do Caleb Pike all the way down to
McKenzie Bight then up and over Mount Work and finally back to Thetis
Lake should be a good run!
The rest of Saturday looks busy, I am going to try and wash the car
tomorrow after the run and then have a couple of BBQ's to attend, one
for Lisa L, kind of a going away as she is getting ready to head back
to London soon and then another one later to celebrate Miss S's
birthday. Hopefully I can make it to both!!
August 24th, 2006
Was able to hook up with the club tonight for some running on the
trails around Elk and Beaver Lakes. Most of the club did some
sort of workout, while Matty and I just cruised around together
chatting. Matty had done a nasty workout last night and was not
feeling too fresh today.
I spent the evening at home lounging with my book and a bit of
TV. Was able to get this months Gobi Newsletter sent out tonight
August 23rd, 2006
While the legs (and the rest of the body) are feeling much better I
decided to err on the side of caution and take today as another full
day of rest and recovery.
After work I spent the evening at home putting the finishing touches on our next Gobi newsletter, a bit of TV and some reading.
August 22nd, 2006
Back to work today
Took the day off from training, the legs needed the extra day of
recovery. Scooter and I had a meeting to finalize some plans for
our first fund raiser. We will be sending out the newsletter soon
with all the details.
My night was spent at home doing some Gobi homework and then reading some. Will be heading to bed fairly soon.
August 21st, 2006
It was a sleep in day! I crawled out of bed around 9 and then
decided to run a few errands and do some visiting, stopped in at the
Royal Jubilee for a visit with Cathy G, was able to meet up with Roz at
Hillside Mall for another visit, this afternoon I had a pedicure
appointment in tandem with Scooter (more about this later...), then a
late lunch with Erin W, an easy run this evening with Squinch,
Doc C, and Diva and then finally dinner at Squinch's place with
Maestro, Scott, Squinch and Diva. It has been a great way to
spend the day!
Okay now back to the pedicure
I had never had one before and
I must say that I quite enjoyed it there is nothing like a little
foot pampering. Scooter arranged it all and the ladies at Sapphire Day Spa
treated us very well. I went in feeling a little sheepish, being
a guy but especially with the shape my feet were in nasty!
After some clipping, trimming, grooming and a massage I came out
feeling great - I
also have to admit that it didn't hurt being the only guy in a room
with three attractive women.
Check out the before and after shots
Before the pedicure:
After the pedicure:
August 20th, 2006
The legs are definitely not feeling fresh today. Getting up,
sitting down, stairs, getting in a car, getting out of a car or just
about any sudden movement is not feeling too great
Other than the slow moving I had a great day. Breakfast at Molι,
some wandering around downtown, lounge time at home and then out
tonight to celebrate Maestro's Birthday with dinner at Moxies and
cocktails after at Diva and Maestro's place.
A very relaxing day - just what I needed!!
August 19th, 2006
WOW!!! (and ouch...)
Got a good sleep last night and woke up in plenty of time to make it
out to the McKenzie Bight parking lot of Gowlland Tod Park on Ross
Durrance Road for the 7am start of the Monty. Jackal was already
there getting ready and a couple of minutes after I got there Ludo
pulled in. I got my shoes and pack on then we waited for a few
minutes as Jackal thought there was going to be one more. They
did not show so we made our way down to the Timberman Trail trailhead,
stashed a couple of treats and some fluids and started our race.
We started out at a very comfortable pace, and kept it up until we hit
the long climb up to the ridge. At about 45 minutes in I stashed
another water bottle near one of the trail markers, and then we
continued on to the turn around at Caleb Pike taking in the views from
Jocelyn Peak and Holmes Peak on the way. We made it to the turn
around in about 1:30. I needed to make a pit stop at this point
so ran to the outhouse, Jackal and Ludo went on ahead.
I refueled and drank some at Caleb Pike before heading out again.
On the way back to McKenzie Bight I was able to catch back up to Jackal
right near Jocelyn Peak but Ludo had blazed ahead. Jackal and I
ran the entire way back together and finished our first lap in 3:03:22
passing the large group doing the Half Monty about 3 minutes out from
their start. Ludo was in with that group cruising along nicely.
It was another quick refuel and fluid stop then right back at it.
Jackal and I ran our second "out" to Caleb Pike together. We were
making good time but I was definitely starting to feel some of the
hills. Just past Jocelyn Peak, Jackal fell back a bit to wait for
Baldwin who was having some difficulties. I made it to the turn
around at Caleb Pike the second time in 1:50 or so. Mrs Jackal
was there now with a ton of treats and some more fluids so I took a
good break there, drinking a ton and snacking on some of the fruit and
It was not too long after leaving Caleb Pike heading back for the last
time that I started to hear my legs whispering to me, letting me know
that I had hit the 5 hour mark and this was the first time they had
gone that far. I had left the turn around a couple of minutes
ahead of Jackal but he caught up to me fairly quickly, I was able to
get pulled along by him for quite awhile before I had to let him go and
slow up some. At the 5:30 mark the legs were getting even louder,
by the 6:00 mark they were really upset with me and then by the 6:30
mark they were just not speaking to me anymore and it was a serious
struggle to keep them turning over.
The last 45 minutes was a total mental game, walk up a hill, see the
flat, tell the mind it was time to run, convince the legs to run some
more, get to another hill and do it all over again. By this point
the legs and I were both really tired and I had to watch the downhills
as well - took a few stutter steps on the steeper section just as you
come down into McKenzie Bight woke me up quickly!
As I neared the finish I could see the trailhead sign and Jackal had
left a water bottle filled with Iced Tea for me there. As
I got there I stopped the watch, picked up the bottle and
made my way (slowly
) back to the parking lot the whole time
thinking I Love This Shit!!
A few of us hung out in the parking lot waiting for the last of the
runners to come in, Elke was an angel and offered us each a beer, which
tasted great - especially after all the sports drinks and sweet stuff
we had. Unfortunately the last of the runners did not get back so
Jackal and a couple of others went out looking for them while the Club
Fat Ass gang from Vancouver and I headed to Durrance Lake to soak the
legs and get in a quick swim.
After the swim I headed back to the parking lot and waited for the
searchers to return and they did only with out the missing
runners. It was getting late for me and I needed to get back to
town so had to leave shortly after they got back.
Once home it was time for a nice hot shower, a quick lay down and some
reading before Squinch came and picked me up for dinner at Il Greco's
and a visit with Pan-Pan. A night of amazing food, good stories
and great friends!
PS: Just found out that the two lost runners were found and made it home okay.
A picture taken by Mrs Jackal at Caleb Pike:
August 18th, 2006
Ended up not hooking up with Doc C and his crew this morning, I think
that they had other plans for a long run this weekend and decided to
not run today.
So instead I was able to sleep in a bit. Headed downtown once I
was up and hung out in the passport office for awhile - have finally
gotten around to applying for passports for both T and I.
Wandered downtown after that, Chapters, The Bay Centre, Starbucks and a
couple other places before heading home. Spent the afternoon in
James Bay goofing off and then had a meeting to get to this afternoon.
Tonight Squinch and I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean II. I
am home now and will get some stuff ready for the morning, it is an
early start (7am) for the Monty. Will head to bed right after
getting it all in order.
August 17th, 2006
No training today, a very welcome day of rest.
After the work day I had a couple of errands to run and then came home
to unwind a bit before heading out again. Rode the bike to Beacon
Hill Park and met up with Jim and Tammy for 18 holes of golf on the
putting green and then a ice cream treat from the Beacon Drive Inn.
I have been feeling the need for an extra long weekend this summer so
have taken tomorrow and Monday off from work. No big plans for
the weekend, just going to see what happens...
August 16th, 2006
Much like yesterday I took it a bit easy today. Ran the Macaulay
loop at lunch at a relaxed pace and then took the night off.
After work I wandered around downtown for awhile running errands and
window shopping for some Gobi gear and then it was another night at
After dinner I did make it out for a walk along the Beach below Dallas road but other than that it was a night of lounging.
August 15th, 2006
With the Monty coming up this Saturday I am starting to taper (a little
). Went for a run on the Breakwater at lunch and then took
the night off. Will do the same tomorrow, take Thursday off, hook
up with Doc C and his crew on Friday for an early morning run then
refuel and rest up for Saturday morning.
Spent the evening at home relaxing!
August 14th, 2006
After taking the weekend off I was feeling very fresh today. Ran
a good paced lunch run doing the Macaulay loop. Ran by Jim M
along the Songhees, he was out for a cruise as well.
After work I met up with Syl, Diva, Maestro, and Doc C at Squinch's
place for a run along Dallas road. We took it easy and made it
just past Ross Bay Cemetery before turning around and heading
back. Doc C was struggling some with the pace, he took a nasty
fall on Friday, had a few scrapes and sore ribs but didn't complain one
bit as we cruised along.
It was a night of clean up, tomorrow is the annual building inspection
and I thought I should tidy up some before the landlords walked thru
August 13th, 2006
The morning was spent getting T's stuff ready for camp and then I had
to run a couple of errands to grab a few extra things for her before
meeting her at the Y to see her off on the bus.
Spent the rest of the day relaxing, have been feeling very tired all day so didn't really get up to much.
August 12th, 2006
It has been a really chorish day! After a couple of stops this
morning Mayfair for some Starbucks and a lottery ticket purchase
(where I ran into Scooter and ended up giving her a ride home) and a
quick stop in at work, I spent the majority of my day at Uncle Jimmy's
place doing laundry and helping him do yard work.
When we were all done we had a great BBQ dinner and a few beers to end the day off.
August 11th, 2006
Ahhhhh.... the shoes make all the difference! Two great
runs today, the Macaulay loop at lunch and then a Dallas road run
tonight. Ran by Judith L going the other way along the causeway
by Ross Bay and then heard a shout as I was turning around by Gonzales
Bay and it was Hugh T cruising by on his bike. Ended the run off
tonight with a hard push on the Breakwater and then back home.
Have spent the evening at home relaxing, had went up to grab a movie but couldn't find one that I wanted to see.
August 10th, 2006
Took it easy today... figured that I would use the extra rest day and
let the legs heal up some more before breaking in the new pair of shoes
I got today. With a great big humongous thanks to Maestro and
Diva!!! and some amazing service from Phil down at Island Runner, I was
able to treat my feet (and the rest of my body) to a new pair of Asics.
I will put them through their paces tomorrow
It was a lazy night at home dinner, some TV for T, me trying to
organize my sponsorship follow up list for the next week and some
games. This was T's last night at home until she returns from
camp not quite sure what I am going to do with myself for the next
Team Gobi News:
Had our weekly team meeting this morning with a special guest - we have
now officially got a coach! He is going to start working with us
right away but will start the nasty training in a couple of months.
And in other Gobi news:
Scooter and I have a meeting next Monday night to finalize some plans
for our first fund raising event - it will be taking place in late
September. More on this one later
August 9th, 2006
A great lunch run today, through town along the waterfront out on the
Breakwater and back. Took it a bit easier as the legs were sore
from yesterday but still made some good time.
I limited myself to one run today, the lower legs are getting sore
after every run - new shoes are definitely in order and will hopefully
pick some up tomorrow.
Tonight T got spoiled She and Scooter made plans the other night for
the two of them to go out for sushi and tonight was the night.
Scooter picked T up around 6pm and they went to Toku Sushi for
dinner. I got left at home to fend for myself and ended up just
having some PB and J Sandwiches
After T got dropped off she and I went over to Diva and Maestro's for a
short visit (Diva was showered and in her PJ's while Maestro was still
in his running gear preparing dinner for the two of them
) and then
it was time for home and some lounging before bed.
August 8th, 2006
Right back into it today! Started with a loop around Macaulay
Elementary at lunch at a decent pace and then for the second run I met
up with the club at Cedar Hill for some time on the chip trail.
It was a big group tonight, many of the regulars and a couple of
special guests, Nancy B and Judith L, joined us for the night. I
ran a warm up loop and then joined the club for their warmup before
turning around and running in the opposite direction to try and avoid
the push/pull flux of the other runners and just stick to my own pace
for the run.
With T heading off to camp this weekend tonight was her last girls
group. They spent the night doing some crafts and some pretty in
depth talks on life stresses and ways to not get stressed. They
made some really cool stress balls out of balloons and rice.
We came home after and had some dinner and relaxed for the rest of the night.
August 7th, 2006
T and I enjoyed yet one more sleep in morning
We spent pretty much the entire day lounging at home. Played some
games, watched some TV, read our books and just lazed around.
Scooter joined us for the evening bringing dinner with her. T and
I help with the prep and cooking and we enjoyed a great dinner and then
had some time to do some Gobi planning after. Lots more exciting
stuff going on!!!
August 6th, 2006
T and I enjoyed another sleep in morning and then met up with James R
for breakfast at Molι, which was definitely Molι great coffee, great
food, great company!!
We were supposed to hook up with Jason and Josh at Willows this
afternoon to watch the Snowbird show but T was not feeling into it so
instead we went for a walk down along Dallas road and on the
beach. Stopped by Thrifty's on the way home for some dinner stuff
then lounged some more.
This evening we wandered downtown to enjoy the Symphony Splash and get
some ice cream from Sweet Memories. We came home during the break
and then went out again later to watch the fireworks.
T is getting ready for bed now and I think I will head that way soon too.
August 5th, 2006
T and I enjoyed a sleep in morning and then met up with Squinch for
breakfast at Cup of Joes, while the food was good it was definitely not
Molι : )
We lounged at home for awhile after and then headed out to Thetis for
the afternoon to hang with Jason and his son Josh. We were also
joined by Jason's friend Nic and Lisa L. We spent a few hours at
the lake swimming and playing and then T and I came home for another
August 4th, 2006
The plan had been to get a run in at lunch but it was far too busy at
work so had to bail on that idea. This evening T once again did
not feel up to the Youth Centre so we just came home and relaxed for a
bit before heading up and grabbing a movie, some pizza and a couple of
beers for the night.
It looks like it will be a four day break from any serious training - I
can use the rest, the legs are definitely in rough shape right now and
need to heal up some...
August 3rd, 2006
No double today, T was not up for the Youth Centre tonight so we just
came home after work and relaxed with dinner, some TV and a few games.
I did make it out for a run at lunch, thru' downtown to the Breakwater
and back. Was a very nice break away from the office. Have
experienced some soreness in the feet, shins and calves after the last
couple of runs, think it is almost time for some new shoes
I think it is going to be an early night for both T and I. We are bagged!
August 2nd, 2006
I was able to get in two good runs today. I did the Gazebo loop
on the Songhees at lunch at a relaxed pace. This evening Packman
and I had planned on getting a run in together but once again weren't
able to get it organized. I ended up going for a out and back
around Clover Point along Dallas road and threw in a trip to the end of
the Breakwater. It was a gorgeous night, tons of paragliders out
along the cliffs and far too many dogs, almost got run over by a few of
Will see how I am feeling tomorrow but I am hoping for one more double
and then a shorter run on Friday to finish up the weeks training.
Will take the long weekend off and get back at it next Tuesday.
August 1st, 2006
Another double today, ran the Macaulay loop at lunch and then while T
was at her girls group hooked up with the club at Cedar Hill for some
chip trail running.
After I picked T up we swung by the Save On at Admirals Walk to pick up
some dinner and then stopped by the Fisher's place to hang for the