Archive for January, 2011

Robbie Burns

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Running

This past Sunday I ran my first race on the 2011 season, and one thing about racing in the winter is the weather can be a huge factor. When the gun went off the temp. was -29C, needless to say it fealt cold. When the gun went off a mystory man took off, being so early in the year I let him get a decent lead in the first half km, but after that I began to slowly reel him in until I finally pasted him at the 3k mark. I found out after the race the mystory man was Rob Denault. When I passed Rob I was running on my own chasing the lead police car that at one point stopped and I almost had to go around him, but he drove ahead at that point. Rob stayed close, but I was out front running on my own. At around 4k we made a turn and were running towards the sun, which I must say fealt extreamly nice. Still I wanted to get the race over with as fast as possible and ran steady towards the finish. I crossed the line in 26:07, with Rob finishing next in 26:33 and Steve Koziarski 26:44 rounding out the top three. Megan Brown was the first woman in 27:36. I was happy with my first race of 2011 as I was able to get the win and a solid first race under my belt. I hope to continue to improve throughout the season and get ready for the Ottawa Marathon in late May.

Winter Training

Posted: January 13, 2011 in Running

Every runner knows that running can be tough at times, and the winter can be one of the hardest times. Try getting out the door when it’s -10 outside windy and you have to run through the snow. With my current training I try to do things to make the winter more duriable. I try to do one workout a week in the Rec Center in Waterloo,  it’s got a 230m indoor track that just got resurfaced and is a great way to get a good workout in during the winter. The other thing I do is have my mileage a little lower, as many of my key races are later in the spring and I can build up my mileage as it gets closer to spring. Also it’s nice if you can make a trip down south for a week during the winter and break it up, you’d be surprized how much you enjoy running on the grass. The biggest thing is too have something to train for, a future race or races throughout the winter keep me motivated. I am running the Robbie Burns race, an 8k Jan. 22 and this keeps me excited and accountable. The real reason this winter hasn’t been that bad is that I’m preparing for the Ottawa Marathon on May 29th. Although this is nearly 5 months from now I know that what I do now can affect the outcome of that race, allowing me to do lower mileage (thus far 70 mile weeks) now and some speed workouts on the track will get me fit, but wont wipe me out so that when race day does come I’ll be fit and not overtrained.