Saturday, April 12, 2014

17 seconds

I set a new PR today for a timed 5k by a whopping 17 seconds!

route from Lung Association of Nova Scotia on Vimeo.

This is only the 2nd time I've run a chip timed race.  I had no expectation of even being close to my time from last summer, so I was very pleased when I got home and found out my official chip time of 41:59.  This was also the first race where they "corralled" runners based on their estimated finish time.  30-40 minutes was the slowest option, with the walkers lining up behind us.  I felt better knowing there were walkers, since I figured I would at least be able to stay ahead of them and not finish last.

The day started out cold and pouring with rain.  I figured it was going to be a miserable wet run, but about an hour before the start, the rain cleared up, the sun came out and it was beautiful out.  This was a great course to run, mostly all along the waterfront.  It was very flat which suits me just fine. I love that I live in such a beautiful city with such great places to run.

So I have another race in the books and I feel pretty great about it.  I'm still on the fence if I'm going to run the 5k or the 10k in June, but I'm mostly not sick now and I can start training a bit more, so I'll have to decide soon.

I loved that our race bibs had our names on them.  All the volunteers and other runners would shout out personalized encouragement and as I crossed the line the announcer was calling out my name!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


The best ways to ensure that I do something is to first publicly declare it so that my friends and family can help keep me accountable. Secondly is to pay money or officially sign up for it.

So I’m now telling all of you that as of last night I am officially registered for the Nova Scotia ITF TaeKwon-Do Open Championship tournament on May 3rd.

That gives me three and half weeks to conquer my 24 step pattern Do-San  and to practice my contact sparring  – hopefully with other adults and not the little kids I usually train with. This is the same tournament that I entered last year, so I at least have a sense of familiarity for how it will be run. That doesn’t help my sense of nervousness and fear however!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weigh In - April 6

Last Weigh In - 219.8
Current Weight - 215.1

Weight Lost This Month- 4.7

So it's been a month since my last weigh in.  I got hit with a stomach bug two weeks in a row and life just seems to have been extra busy.  But the good news is that I've lost 4.7 pounds!  I do chalk at least half of that up to being sick.  Not the way I want to lose weight, but I'll take it.

The weather has finally turned to spring, and I'm back to running outside.  We started the 10 week Learn To Run Programme at Liam's school on Friday.  My goal is to be ready to run a 10k by June.  I was really feeling how out of shape I've gotten over the last month, and was glad that I was running with the newbies with a run 1 minute/ walk 1 minute intro.  I hope to build up my endurance and speed by getting out and running at least 4 times a week.

I'm also back to TKD.  I hope to test at the end of the month and there is a tournament the first weekend in May that I would like to enter.  I've been so inconsistent with attending classes for the last 6 months, that I really need to not miss any being now and then.  So far I'm 2 for 2!

I'm still drinking the Shakeology shakes for breakfast, but have stopped with the DVD workouts in lieu of running and TKD.  I think they will make a nice back up if the weather is horrible, or I just don't have time for more then a 30 minute workout.

I'm hoping that April is the turning point and that I can keep to all my goals.  What are your April goals?

Friday, March 28, 2014

How exactly did this happen?

This past January I ran into Gail, the woman who ran the Learn To Run programme through Liam’s school last year. She was an amazing coach and really helped me believe in myself and was instrumental in me sticking with running and making it through my first 5k race. We spent a few minutes catching up with each other before talk turned to this years Learn To Run programme. I inquired if she would be leading it again this year, and I said that I was going to sign up for it. It’s great to have a weekly commitment to run with a group. I find that it forces helps me out the door to run on days that I might otherwise talk myself out of it.

Gail was indeed planning to run the group again, but mentioned that she had 2 weeks where her work schedule interfered and asked me if I could help out on those nights, since I live close and was planning to be there anyway. I don’t know what she thought “helping out” meant, but in my mind it entailed saying to the group “Okay, let’s all run for 40 minutes, see you back here.” And then making sure we didn’t lose anyone along the way.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I got an email from the school. “…can you send me a brief bio so that I can introduce you, along with Gail, as the instructors this year?”

Ummm… Sorry?

So helping out a couple of nights has now been elevated to “instructor”.
We are happy to introduce our Learn to Run instructors, Gail and Andy, who are volunteering their time to teach our group how to run. Gail was an instructor for us last year. Gail is a Registered Nurse who worked as a certified aerobics instructor while going to school. She has participated in numerous runs over the years, supporting a number of charities. Andy, a 43 year old mom, started running for the first time last April with the OBTR Learn to Run Programme. She had never run before, and had even managed to avoid it during every single gym class in high school! She kept with it, and by the end of the 10 week programme was ready to take part in her first ever 5k race (The OBTR Gale). Gail and Andy are looking forward to teaming up to coach the Ocean Breeze Learn-to-Run Programme and can't wait to meet our group.
While I’m honoured, I hardly feel qualified. I’m going to rise to the challenge though and hopefully we can all learn to run together.

And if you live in the HRM area, why don't you join us for a 10 week learn to run programme, led by 2 amazing women?  You can sign up here: LTR Registration

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stomach Bug

I got hit with a nasty 24 hour stomach bug on Sunday, that has now taken down Liam.  The only good thing to come out of this is that I lost 4 pounds in less then 48 hours.  It's not a weight loss plan that I would wish on anyone.  Today I was able to eat crackers, bananas and yogurt!  It was like a smorgasbord.

Hopefully by tomorrow I'm fully on the med, since we are due to get 30-40 cm of snow!  That's between a foot and a foot and a half in less then 12 hours.  I'm going to need all of my energy for shoveling.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shamrock Shuffle 5k

I did it!

After not running for nearly 2 months, I headed out this morning and ran 5k for the Shamrock Shuffle.  The morning had started out beautiful and sunshiny, until I decided it was time to go.  5 minutes before I headed out the door, it got very dark and started to snow.  Just my luck.   But the luck of Irish must have been with me because within minutes of leaving the house, the snow stopped and the sun was out once more.  Within minutes of starting my run I had ditched my hood, my gloves and before long even my jacket! My finish photo looks like it could have been taken in the middle of summer, not the middle of March.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish 5k after such a long break.  I walked when I needed to walk and ran when I could. I'm very pleased with my time of 44:52.  That's only a few minutes slower then I was last summer!  It makes me think that I just might be able to do the 10k Ocean Breeze trail run in June!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Running Update

Actually, there isn't a whole lot to update.

Hi my name is Andy and it's been 46 days since I last went for a run.

I'm not 100% sure how that happened.  Sure, I was sick for 10 days, and I've been trying to do the workout videos that I got from Beachbody.  The weather is absolutely horrendous, so my only running option has been the indoor track.  I'm sure I could come up with many other reasons, but it all comes down to the fact that it's been a month and a half since I've laced up.

There is however, a fair bit of running in my future.  Tomorrow I'm supposed to run the Shamrock Shuffle Virtual 5k.  It's supposed to snow in the morning and be cold in the afternoon.  But even if I have to walk the whole thing, I'm going to get out and do this.  I'll consider it my dive back into running.

I've also signed up for another virtual 5k for next weekend.  And the Learn to Run program through Liam's school starts up again on Friday April 4th, only 3 weeks away.  This will be a 10 week program leading up to the Ocean Breeze Trail Run that the school is putting on as their major fundraiser for the year.  The one that I'm debating running the 10k instead of the 5k.   I'm still torn on that.

I've also signed up for this year's Run for the Cure, but luckily that isn't until October.  And for reasons unknown to me, I've been checking out race dates in Ontario that might coincide with our summer vacation to see my Mom.

I enjoy running and I really do miss it.  I love the quiet, alone time, listening to music or audio books, watching the world around me.  I just hate the cold and the snow and the ice.  While running at the track is a great option, I don't enjoy it nearly as much.  I would equate it to how people complain about using a treadmill.

So it's now the middle of March and Spring officially starts in 6 days.  Weather be damned, I'm going to get back out there and RUN.