Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Is Mr. Boots Immoral AND if so am I Immoral.

I have been having some conflicting emotions about my cat’s behaviors. First a little background; Boots came into my life about a year ago by a strange series of events and through even stranger circumstances he is now our cat! Mr. Boots is a unique cat to say the least, he is the most laid back cat when he’s indoors, he sleeps, eats, cleans himself, eats some more and sleeps some more. You could quite literally throw this cat against a wall and he’d just walk back over and rub against your leg and purr. I have never been scratched or bit by him. He’s just a lovable cat. He broke every stereotype I had for cats in the first week, and has been nothing but awesome.

His outdoor behavior is much different, he hunts. He hunts small game and big game. Mr. Boots started with mice, which quickly became small song birds, followed by squirrels, and now recently larger birds; blue jays and pigeons. He’s not killing them for food, though he tends to get a taste in, he hunts for fun and tortures these still alive animals in the cutest way imaginable. This is where my moral dilemma comes to be, I have pride when he brings his dead animals to our door and offers them to us. But, watching his killing process is border line sadistic. Once the animal is tired and wounded he backs up away from the maimed animal and crouches waiting for it to make a move and than when (in the instance of the last bird) it goes to make flight, he two paw bats it down and stomps it’s body. Than he rolls with what has to be a smile on his back beside the now more wounded animal and paws at it with same playfulness he shows when you dangle a string in front of him. This goes on for upwards of an hour at times, until the exhausted animal finally takes his last breath and Boots promptly bring his prize to the door or in the case of the first squirrel to the foot of my bed.
So what should I do, when I see the wounded animal put it out of its misery? I don’t get to see all the killings so that doesn’t solve the problem. I could put a bell on his collar giving the prey a little notice, but what than will that do to Boots, he is a hunter, and I don’t want to take that away from him. I don’t know what to do. For now I will do nothing, when ever I see Boot’s dead bounty I find myself humming the Elton John’s “Circle of Life”, and that makes it just a little bit better when I am going to sleep and I have a murdering, sadistic, psychopathic house cat spooning me! 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Holiday Training

With the Holidays rolling up training tends to slow down alittle here in Halifax. All the university runners go home and the Track is always hell to get on with exams happening in the Feild house and than Holiday hours never match up with my training schedule. In the past it's always been my oppertunity to get some real quality training in and set myself up for January's training well. Peter Lawson and I work a little harder and when all the varsity runners get back we see the pay off in there fat turkey belly's while we look better than ever. This year is going to be just as good if not better in that I have a new training partner that will be around straight through. I just got to make him do all the morning runs with me.

Two years ago I do 90min at 6am on Christmas morning on a beach in New Zealand, last year I ran around Bedford in the cold. This year I am going to run from Halifax to Bedford and than eat Roast Beef. Though it doesn't compare to two years ago, I will be with family, and will compete for my 5th Crokinole Title in 10 years. If you don't know what that is you can google it and what our family does is all that on steroids.

Going to hit a 100km week this week, which I am pleased with, I cracked out some serious Euro Training this week and am feeling a bit bigger than a usual 800m runner... I am or may not make a career move to the circus.

Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Biking in Halifax

Now for the story of my and bike and I. In the last year I have had three accidents on my bike, I ride a fixie (Google that if it’s not familiar). Stopping can be a bit more difficult on a fix gear but all three times this was not the cause. The cause has been for two of the times, cars who don’t pay attention. The other was my own lack of attention but it only affected me.
 First accident; I was driving down the Bedford highway (not a real highway by the way, standard 50km speed limit) riding in the bike lane. When a car going to the same direction as me stops suddenly and waved in the car coming from the opposite direction trying to get into a MacDonald’s parking lot on the opposite side of the street. He peeled in and I crashed into his hood ruining my front wheel, fork and left shoulder.

Second accident; I on my way to yoga class was pedaling down hill, hit a pot hole, wasn’t holding my handle bars with any real control, and flipped directly over the bars onto my back. This had no damage to anything but my back and ego. No one was watching and no one came to see if I was ok. Missed 2 workouts with back stiffness, but was told by the ER Doc that I obviously know how to take a fall.

Third accident; one month after the first yoga crash on my way to yoga again I got t-boned by a jeep at a 4-way stop. It was clearly my turn to go, I was half way through the intersection and the jeep gunned it. I was looking right at his face which happened to be looking down at his dashboard. I managed to peddle so that only the back end of my bike was hit. I rolled off landing on my lower back and he managed to ruin my back tire and rim and bend my frame. After I screamed profanities at him he apologized admitted he was in the wrong and drove away. He bloody drove away, didn’t get out and ask if I was ok just yelled out his window “sorry, I didn’t see you, my bad”. I got his license plate number and called the police and am waiting to hear back about who he was. I am going to make him pay for my unsalvageable bike and may or may not yell some more profanities at him.

Moral of the story, I am not going to be a triathlete.  

Friday, 2 December 2011

December is Good

I haven't wrote a lot in the last few months, I have been nervously waiting out the transition to new orthotics and not wanting to jinx the process by saying anything about it. I am now officially injury free and feeling like a million bucks. My foot is completely healed and now to full strength over its new platform!

I am just finishing up a 4 week cycle with a rest week of reduced milage and intensity and I need it! I ran the most milage of the season for a week last week and it borders on the most of my career. I am heading into a three week December phase leading up to the holidays! Going to be training on the new track at the Canada Games Center this winter and looking forward to not smelling the inside of the Dalplex.

I have been consistently taking my supplements and vitamins and that coupled with my much more restricted diet this year I am feeling awesome.

This has been a bit of a scatter brain post but I am finally excited and feeling good and happy to be posting! more coming this weekend!  I will tell my story of getting hit by a car on my bike on Monday and how that has been playing out for me.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Back to Training and Blogging

It's been a long while since the last blog. Long story short is I took two months off and am finally back and injury free training. That is the news! Lots more to come! I will be putting up weekly if not more posts about training and what ever else is going on in my world!

I will be speaking at Crichton Park Bolt Running Club's season end celebration on Sunday! It's an honor to get talk at it! More about it post Sunday.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Indy and Nationals

 My race in Indianapolis went good and bad all at once. I didn't run the greatest time, but I ran "my" race. On the start line they told us that the pace setter couldn't run, which changed my race plan. So right at that moment I decided I was going to take it out. I did, I went through 400 in the front at 53sec, and at 600 all alone I was 1:19. I stayed running well until about 720 meters and than I (excuse my french) ate $hit. I ran a faster time than that when I was 19 years old. I am very happy with the first 700 meters.

So now I am in Calgary getting ready for Nationals. I am staying with my sister, her husband my nephew and Leanna. It's the perfect low stress home life to be in. Staying in hotels and dorms can start to get to you and make you just wish you were home. This is a perfect balance for me, it's not "my" home but it's a home.

I am feeling good and am excited to race again. I have lots of races coming up in the next few weeks and think I am going to get a good time in at at least one of them.

The Indy Race

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Making an awkward decision based on my gut.

I made a hard decision last night not to run. My foot is sore, and not it's a little still sore, it's sore in as "this feels like it could rip" sore. It's been getting better but it's not at the point you test it. I'd say if it was 90% I'd go for it and risk doing some damage. Right now it's closer to 75%. I have three days to make it get to 90% and than go for it. Nationals is getting close and that has to be the priority.

It's a very strange process to go through mentally to make the call not to race. Especially when you really want to run. There are so many factors that play into your head. I really think I made the right call. I will know Wednesday. For the next three days I am going to ice 36 times (every hour for 12 hours per day), pool run and relax. I am going will this thing better!

It was exhausting coming to that though. I had my spikes on, I was warmed up and 10 minutes before the gun, 3 strides done and my foot telling me something. It wasn't a clear message but it was making itself heard. The thoughts flying around my head of "is three days enough to make any difference", "don't be a pansy and run", "your foot might explode mid race"...ect.

So here I am, foot in a bucket of ice and hoping this was the right move. I am going to re-evaluate on Tuesday, and run no matter what on Wednesday.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Race Day in Indinapolois

Race Day in Indie is here again, and I will say it's always exciting. I think it's fair to say that about 40% of the races here get postponed a few hours due to thunderstorms. There are thunderstorms all over the place in around here right now. So it's all up in the air, you never know.
My foot is feeling very questionable, I am going to be icing every hour for the next 10 hours and racing in 12 hours. I will be quick to post on twitter results tonight.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Indianapolis, Calgary and Beyond

It's been a while since the last post. I have been in Halifax for the last few weeks with not very much to report. I have had my second cortisone shot in my foot and am hoping that the relief will last through the race season now. I am struggling with this right foot of mine, it's a struggle because the only real cure is complete rest. I am not capable of that for the next month. I may or may not be capable of that ever.
I checked in 2 hours early to my international flight and got grilled by the customs officer and am now waiting patiently at the gate. They shouldn't make you check in early for an international flight, if there's going to be larger line ups they should accommodate to make it go quicker, not make us come earlier. We got to fight the power.
I am racing on Saturday night in Indiana, my favorite place to race. It's the track Flo Jo ran her world record 100m on. I am going to tap into my inner Flo Jo and find some steroids and race really fast. I will absolutely not take steroids. I will run fast however. I am ready to I just need to make every race count. That's up to me. I race again on Wednesday.
I am flying up to Calgary for some conversation with Kingsley my nephew and race Nationals. That will be fun.
Beyond is yet to be determined.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Post Race

Yesterdays race was good and bad. Time wise it was a step in the right direction, I didn't race as well as I could have, but it's lesson learned. I ran 1:48.90. I am spending the day in LA and flying home on the red eye. I am very, very excited to get home and see Leanna and Mr. Boots.
It will be back to training and off to Indianapolis in a few weeks to race!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The latest

It’s been very uneventful here for the last few days. There has been a lot of running and recovering, eating, running, recovering some more. The most exciting thing has been changing houses. Two more sleeps here than back to Phoenix for a night. Quick flight to LA on Thursday, race Saturday, fly out Sunday night, Halifax on Monday! It’s been a long 7 weeks. It’s been fun but I can’t wait to be home to and see Leanna and Mr. Boots.  Mr. Boots has been acting up quite a bit as of lately and that obviously means he is acting out because I am not there.
I hear there is some serious rain in Halifax, I would like to state now that I am going to be bring the sun home with me. That is a fact, I promise. 
On another note, if you’re in the market for some running gear, be it shoes or clothes there is a deal going on at Aerobics First; if you go in and mention my blog you will get 20% off. So get in and check it out! The guys at Aerobics First are the most knowledgeable people in Halifax about shoes, if you want to get fitted for the right running shoe go to Aerobics First. It’s a local company, who’ve have helped me out and do a lot for the community. There on Quinpool, so check them out!
More to come post race Saturday!
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Monday, 9 May 2011

Update from Flagstaff

There's nothing really new to talk about. We have been in Flagstaff and training for a week now. Not a lot happening. I have had some great workouts and been very happy with how training is going and the scrapes on my knees are starting to heal and not tear open every morning when I get out of bed.

I have a big workout tomorrow, I am doing an all out 600m. There's a group of strong runners down here, we have 4 of the top 5 Canadian 800m runners as well as pretty fast Brit. Tomorrow's run should be fast and hopefully fun. We are getting some weather here right now, last I heard it was hailing so I have been hiding indoors. I am hoping tomorrow is nice for the workout.

I will be running at Occidental on the 21st in an 800m. It should be a fast race, there are a lot of big names entered so I hope to get into a fast heat and show what all this hard work has done for me. Between now and than it's training as usual and lots of recovery.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Penn Relays Video

We weren't in the top three and therefore you can't see very much of me or any of the Canadians other than Jaden first leg... But it's a great race to watch!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Flagstaff, Mini Putt and workouts

 Were are staying at a little "resort" that has a club house with mini putt, pools, ping pong and what not. It's a great way to stay in training camp mentality and not over do anything, stay stimulated and not get bored sick. The altitude here is 7000+ feet, so it's easy to feel like you have lost your breath just walking up a hill and we live on a hill. We had our first track workout today and it went alright, I was fast but not as fast I would like to have been. It's hard feeling like that, I ran a personal best twice in the 300's we did today but I guess we always want to be faster. The important thing is I made a huge come back in some mini putt yesterday to win against and Olympian. I have also learned playing the 6'3'' black guy in basketball will never go well for me, though I took one game of 21 off him. So it's essentially recovery based things until Saturday's workout down 1000 feet in Sedona.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

April's Overview

It's been about a month now since I restarted posting these things and If I have learned one thing it's that sketchers shape ups can't be worth it. They look so dumb, and I can't imagine that they really help that much in fitness, maybe they help stability... still not worth it.

Now that's off my mind and I can feel satisfied I said it. It's out there now and if you own a pair and are offended well, sorry, I guess. I have found that side of this very difficult. Deciding what to say on here and how far I can go when saying things that could be offensive. I don't think I like very much being censoring myself but I guess you have to pick your audience.

This last month has been great, Training in Phoenix has been fun but more importantly it has been quality training. That's what I came here for, I am going to continue it up in Flagstaff. 3 more weeks of it and than I am heading home to Halifax to see my patient and supportive girlfriend. It's rough hard work traveling and maintaining a relationship. It's always worth it coming home!

Flagstaff for anyone who hasn't been is full of people with long hair and everyone has a dog... I love it up there. There favorite sport there is Frisbee golf, you get got the picture? Hippies everywhere. I have looking forward to this part of the trip since I left there last year.
Thanks to everyone for the messages this last month.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Penn Relays

 Overall this was a blast. I had a great time racing! It's taken a long time to get to this point but I am truly starting to enjoy racing. I have always loved the process and everything about being an athlete, but competing can be very stressful. It's losing some of it's stress and be replaced with absolute joy.

The race went OK. I ran 1.49 split which is not the greatest time, but isn't the worst time either. I had a lot left in the tank. I received the baton on no man's land. I was out of contention with the front but had a Kenyan in front of me to chase. I closed very well on him. It was really hard to gauge how fast I was going.

There was some drama though, as I was passing the baton the Kenyan who was right in front of me stopped dead after passing his baton and I ran directly into him and bounced off. I got the baton away alright. I hit the track and have two skinned knees. I think I might be a bit sore tomorrow after it all. It was another great experience and a lot of fun to be a part of.

I fly back to Arizona tomorrow and go straight up to Flagstaff! Thanks for all the support this week!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Penn Relays

 After yesterdays flight from hell I think I can muster up some slightly happier words regarding this trip. At the meet hotel I can't walk anywhere without bumping into someone that I either have raced or someone I recognize from watching the Olympics or races on youtube. I got on the elevator and there were 2 Olympic Gold medalists on it this morning. It's great to be in great company! I am going to be at the track today for a warm up.. I will do my best to get some video up of it and will get some video tomorrow for sure. Last year there were 38,000 people in the stadium. If it's anywhere near that this year it should be cool on video from the infield.

Arrived in Philly after a Nightmare of a Flight

Today's travel, for whatever reason might have been the worst experience ever. It started at security; I got through check-in quick and got to security where I refused the body X-RAY. That is a whole other story as to why I refuse the body X-RAY but I do and they didn't like that. They ran my bag through the bag X-RAY 3 times. 3 times. 3 times. I said that three times to make a point, it's not necessary, than they searched every piece for my bag. Than after they realized I'm not a terrorist I was free to go, but not without a stink eye. I think they really wanted to find something they could scorn me for. I boarded my plan to see I was not only at the back but seated next to a 400+ lbs man and 4 children. There was a child in every direction. If I looked North, East, South, or West... child. This was not starting well. Children shouldn't fly or they should have mandatory duct-taped mouths.
It went just how you can imagine, croawded space and screaming for 4 hours. When I finally got off the plane we waited for 45 minutes to get our bags. That was my day! It was not fun. I am here now and getting ready for bed. I hope the children on my plane are still screaming and keeping their parents awake, and Mr. 400 is exercising!
Going to the track tomorrow. Will post more post workout!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Leaving for Philly Soon! and straight razors

I am heading to Penn Relays in 2 days! I am feeling ready for a trip. We have been here in the same house now for three weeks. I am going to be flying back right up to Flagstaff, which is bitter sweet. The drive up to Flagstaff is a beautiful and familiar one, but it is also 2 hours+. So flying won't be so bad.

Penn Relays is the bee's knees. All the athletes are on the turf in the middle of the track, and races are going all the time. The crowds are massive and the stadium is such that you feel like they are on top of you. They get anywhere from 30 to 40 thousand people. It's a rush to run in front of that many people! So I am starting to get amped for that.

I was at a mall last night and there is a place to get an old fashioned shave with a straight razor. I am considering a little pampering and having it done. It scares the sh*t out of me though... Your letting someone play, essential with a sharp knife on your face. What if his wife left him the night before, what if his dog died. I wouldn't want someone with a knife in either of those states playing anywhere near my throat. Is it appropriate to ask? "Hey, how was your night last night? You feeling okay?" I think that might be a bit odd. Than again if he said "My wife divorced me, thanks for asking". I'd be outta there p-r-e-t-t-y quick.
I'm still on the fence about it. Sweeney Todd, has really made this hard on me.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Post Race Recap

Yesterdays race went very good. It had a lot of really positive aspects and 2 negative ones. First the good stuff. I raced the the race, that sounds silly but is very relevant. There's a lot of times when I go out and essential time trial, I might as well be out there alone cause I am not responding to the other racers. This race I responded well. I got out fast and dropped into 3rd place in the first 200m and very relaxed, rolled through 400m. Going around from 400m to 500m I went by the 2nd place runner. Now it gets weird, going down the backstretch, from 500m to 600m the lead runner moved out very wide so to get around him I would have to go even wider... I decided to pass him on the inside, when I moved up on him he immediately moved back in and got me caught up stuck just inside him. So at the 200m mark I had go back a step and get behind him and pass him on the outside. This might have effected my time a little but that's racing. I took the lead with 200m to go and kept moving well.
Now the 2 negatives. First at 20m to the finish line I looked over my shoulder... This is a big No No. Its only makes you open your hips up and it shouldn't add anything, even if I see someone I should be running full out. I didn't see anyone.. The second negative, Andrew Ellerton was there, and he passed me in the last 10m and ran about 2 tenths of a second faster.
These were rookie mistakes. It's the first race of the season and is the time to work out these kinks. It still makes me mad. All in all it was truly a fun race and I am now getting seriously excited to run at Penn Relays next weekend.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Race Day.

About an hour till I am heading to the track. Still feeling good, excited to see what I can muster up for the first race of the season! It looks to be pretty hot out and only going to get hotter. I will post my result on twitter right after the race @geoff800.
Thanks to everyone for the good luck wishes.

Friday, 22 April 2011

The Day Before "The Day"

Race day can be very stressful, not always negative stress, but stress all the same. For me this normally starts the day before, yet today I don't feel any different. I have a calm that is unusual. I don't know if this is the calm before the storm or a new beginning to race jitters. I will know more as it closer and closer to the race.

Today is race day prep. Going to the track and warming up, doing some race pace intervals with lots of rest and than home for the last stretch of recovery before tomorrow. Had I put this much preparation into my exams in university I would have made the Dean's list. Imagine the day before a test I went into to library and did some mock questions and than home to relax and reflect before the test the following day. Who knew I had the tools to excel at school. Too little too late? Perhaps.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Music, Track and Ripped Hands

From a running perspective nothing is really new here. I am on a recovery week preparing to race this weekend and next. The 800 this weekend is shaping up nicely with a strong field and a lot of Canadians. My training up to now is going very smooth and I am hoping to turn some heads this weekend.

I have been slack lining quite a bit these last few days and have picked up right were I left off, I haven't been on one for months but I haven't lost the touch and even landed a 360. If you don't know what slack lining is google it! It's awesome and everyone should try it. Whilst at the playground where I have been slack lining, myself, Peter Corrigan and Celia decided to play on some monkey bars. This lead to one upping each other as to who could swing and let go and grab the next bar, and than the third bar out and so on... This ended up with Celia missing the mark and landing on her butt really hard, and I tore a callus off my hand. This has given me further evidence that I might stick to track and give up on all dreams of becoming a gymnast.

I have been getting on to some new music while down here. It's worth (if you haven't already) checking out the Avett Brothers, and my new favorite song Glory Bound by Martin Sexton. If anyone has any music worth checking out write a comment. Training camps are about discovering new music.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Recovery, Therapy, and Mental Race Prep.

Today is recovery again, I seem to use that word a lot. Its arguably just as important to training, the whole yin and yang thing. One can't exist without the other, well it can but only recovering leads to obesity and only training won't last, your body will get it's rest one way or another. I am seeing Wynn for some Therapy, Wynn is Athletics Canada Head Middle Distance coach and a bit of a therapy guru. I am going to be poked and stretched and bent in ways that I haven't been before. I have been struggling with my right glut. Hopefully Wynn will be able to get to the bottom of why and how to fix it.

It's count down to race day again, I am racing Saturday in the Sun Devils meet. It's a fairly low key meet. I have won this race before. I'd like to win it again... It's the first race of the outdoor season. So the mental preparation process begins. This year I am going to focus less on having a set out race plan and more on being reactionary and letting things sort of flow. I realized over this winter that the too much mental preparation can be a bad thing, I ended up having opponents not only on the track but in my head. I spent huge amounts of energy just dealing with what was happening inside and not leaving myself enough energy to race to my full potential. The important thing is identifying and addressing the problem, owning it. Accepting it as my own problem and not making other external excuses (it's not easy). I realize the sooner you do, the sooner you can work towards fixing it. We own our emotions not the other way around. This can apply just as easily to simply working out. Finding the motivation just to do a workout, it's always there, sometimes you just need to dig a little to find it. The pay off is always worth it. Recovery is always better when you really have something to recover from!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Bitter-Sweet Workouts. Finding the Positives and Ignoring the Negatives

If I have learned one thing in training it's that workouts can't always go according to plan and you must be OK with that. Today's workout had two sets of high lactic race pace work. I was only able to do the first set. My body gave me some clear warnings about doing more and I listened. Could I have got through the second set? Maybe, but what damage might I have done is more important to consider. So I am left unsatisfied with the workout. In retrospect my first set was above what I thought my ability was right now and I have to take all the good I can out of that. I can't dwell on the negatives, that will only draw more negatives to me. I have to be positive about what I did accomplish and take the right steps to be able to finish the full workout next time. Sometimes it feels like I have lie to myself to accomplish that. I have learned that's OK to. I just remind myself that what ever I am thinking is just an emotion and I can can think about whatever I want. I control my emotions not the other way around. So today is good... but tomorrow will be better!

Bob Dylans Hat and Some Expensive Boots

Today I went out on a mission to find a Bob Dylan circa 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue Stetson Hat (you might need to google that).  This led to trying a pair of boots with a $2500 price tag and me finding the hat! Firstly I did not buy the hat; it was $175 dollars.. that is a massive mark up. Now to the main point, who buys $2500 boots? Who? Who? Really, are you serious, you’ll take the Two Thousand and Five Hundred Dollar boots… Would you like the rest of the cow with that? What the hell. That much money would have a huge impact on my seasons travel and someone is going to buy a pair of black boots with it. The boots weren’t even comfortable. There were many other boots there that were much nicer looking, in my opinion. I am going to sit outside the store everyday and wait for someone to buy those boots. When they walk out I am going knock them over take the boots and say “NO, NO” like there a cat that pooped in the house. I will then give his boots back walk away feeling good I made a difference in someone’s life.  I got a serious workout tomorrow and I fear I am going to be distracted by the boots.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Food: What I Eat! The Rules and Exceptions

I have started a very specified diet in the last couple months, I started this due to a couple reasons; the recommendation of others, my girlfriend doing it and sometimes it's fun to change things up. I have been dairy free for over a year now and feeling good about that. I don't have any intolerance to dairy, I love milk, just wanted to try it out. I have limited myself to nothing processed on this new concept. Here are the rules and exceptions:
1) No dairy (with one exception)
2) No Wheat
3) Nothing processed
4) Rice is OK (for me,I need some carbs post run)
5) Cheese is OK (and that is awesome)
6) Supplements are OK

So I eat lots of meat, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and rice.
In preparing to write this post I did some research on why it's good to cut Dairy and Wheat as a runner and it seems there are some very conflicting views out there. Processed foods speak for themselves, I think everyone could do with less of them. The 2-step rule applies, If it takes more than two steps to look how it does on your plate, don't eat it.
How do I feel since starting this? Amazing. My energy systems are firing at full, I rarely crash hard. Though I love a good nap in the afternoon. I have not had "track hack" since I have started.. (track hack is coughing, very violently at times, due to mucus in your lungs from hard workouts). I simply don't have food cravings anymore. This only is worth it. Feeling nutritionally satisfied almost all the time! Not to mention I dropped about 4 pounds off an already slim frame.
There is one more exception... Once a week I have a cheat meal! I can eat what ever I please, pizza, pasta, a sandwich, whatever I want. Most times after this I feel gross and bloated. It's still fun!
So try it out... If you cut something like dairy, be sure to substitute what your losing that is good from the dairy and the same applies to anything major you cut.

My Hair and Tomorrow PLEASE VOTE

Tomorrow is recovery and it's needed like nothing else. Saturdays workout is going to be a Big One!
I know this is off topic of running but it's something that is important to me. I have been growing my hair for getting close to a year now and have become completely irrational about whether to cut it off or not. I tend to get attached to hair for some reason, sometimes it's my beard, sometimes my moustache. Right now it's my hair. I can put it in a pony tail right now... it's the longest it's ever been. I was original in a bet to grow for year but because my cousin doesn't have abs I can't lose, it's just if I cut it I can't win.
Please vote on the left of whether you like long hair on guys or not. I am going to base my decision on what the poll says. What should I do.. Please VOTE

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Workout Result and the lack of Video

Workout went just exactly as it was suppose to, Hit my splits well, 12X200 on a minute rest with a 6 minute set break.. All in 1000m/800m Pace... Little bit of wind took the bite out of the sun and the SPF350 is actually making my skin pigment loose colour. I look like a china doll.

I have made some promises about getting up video of recovery techniques and haven't followed through, my computer doesn't have an audio driver and my limited computer abilities are holding me back from gaining one. Once this problem is fixed there will be video... lots of video.

The rest of today is rest. Recover and some exercises tonight, everything to prepare for Saturday workout from Hell. More on that in the next post!

Recovery and 99cents or less

Today is workout day, 200’s at 1000m race pace. It will be challenging but manageable. Yesterday’s recovery day went well with a 40 minute run and an evening session of activation and stretching. I’m feeling good and excited to work out!
Last night I ventured out on the bike to look for an adventure and found the 99cents department store. It was one of the scariest things places I have ever been in. Everything was 99cents, they had a produce section, frozen food section, a deli,  automotive, clothing, shoes, and of course an Easter section. I didnt get over to the gun section. It scares me to think what is in the packages labeled FOOD… they sell at a dollar and presumably turn a profit.  Who says “I need groceries, I should go to the dollar store” … and the place was packed. I am probably going to have to go back for further analysis.


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Being a Ginger and Living Anywhere this Hot

This has nothing to do with running... though I only came to this realization because I am in Phoenix training..  so kinda..
These are thoughts about growing up with red hair in a hot climate by a ginger who grew up in a cold climate.

I never had a lot of teasing or bullying because I had red hair, I am though, a day walker. I have the hair get the freckles but my skin isn't transparent to the level of some others.
Now if I grew up here where it gets this hot with these UV rays, I don't think I would be able to say the same about my experiences growing up ginger. These poor kids having to put on SP350 and running from the shade of a tree to the next to avoid the sun... I feel for them. There must me some ginger Scientists out there to fix this problem, sunscreen is not enough. I want to tan too... we all do.
So gingers in a warm climate, ban together and unite... Stand proud of your Casper the ghost like skin and one of you become a skin specialist and cure this allergy to the sun!

Recovery Day, and film

Today is recovery day and by that I mean I have AM and PM workout! That sounds worse then it is, it's a morning run than some activation and recovery exercises in the evening. I will film the evenings session and post it for anyone interested in some of our recovery techniques. I will also get some slack lining video up soon. I am struggling with the editing process.
My lesson yesterday turned out to be that SPF8 doesn't cut it for a ginger. So I went to Walmart and purchased an upgrade to SPF50, if this to doesn't work I am going to hide indoors for the rest of my trip or be like Michael Jackson's kids and wear masks!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Todays Workout = Success

I had a lot riding on today's workout... Getting through was going to have a huge bearing on how I was going to structure my racing season. It was as the title implies, successful. I was able to get through the entire workout with almost no pain in my plantar. The pain was some soreness left over from weights on Saturday in my butt. Finished the workout with a 400m in 49.9... that's my first 400 faster than 1500m pace since last year! All in all I am on a huge high right now. I have to be smart and get recovered and ready for this evenings weight session.

Intensity Week, Recovery, and Brooks Johnson

I have heard the question "what do you do at training camp" a few times over the past week. I think it's a good time to explain. Our training cycle works on a three week rotation, Intensity week, Volume week, than recovery week. Right now we are in an intensity week so we will have lower volume, higher intensity which translates most times times into higher speed on the track workouts. Our main "on the track" sessions are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday with prescribed recovery exercises and runs every AM and PM of every other day.  In between all that we eat and sleep and get therapy.
I once heard Brooks Johnson say recovery is equally if not more important than the training itself in an athletes life. So what may look or sound like laziness is smart training.
I will post a recovery exercises video tonight on YouTube and link it through here. For anyone at home that will be up tomorrow morning.

Monday, 11 April 2011

April 11 MONDAY

Today I get my own bedroom, no more sleeping behind a couch on the floor. This makes me happy, though I think I will miss my cave like bed, my OCD can't wait to organize my belongings. Today is a recovery day, I will do activation exercises, maybe a short run and than some sweet sweet recovery by way of napping.
Hope to get some slack lining video up this evening!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

The Condo

The Condo "Casa Del Sol" is a southwestern themed 2 bedroom, 2 story, cozy dwelling. Living here is myself and 4 girls. I know what your thinking, "that doesn't add up, 5 people, 2 bedrooms". Your absolutely right! Being the only male I have been banished to sleep behind the couch in the living room. This will all change come tomorrow when Malindi and Lauren will be moving out.
I am here with Malindi Elmore, Lauren Thomas, Celia Peters and Alicia Dobranowski... all of which are middle distance runners. If I have learned one thing through the last 5 days it's that girls do fart.
You can follow (and ask questions) Lauren and Malindi on there blogs:

Sunday! Church?

 Last night was cold... I came to Phoenix for the sun and heat and was welcomed by rain and 8degrees. Its looking good according to the weather forecast but you just can't trust that group of people. I will get to the track today for some 200's at pace... get my rhythm back and get ready for Tuesday's full workout. So what will I do with the rest of my Sunday? Can I get an amen? naaa seriously I'm not going to church.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

April 9

Foot held up through some walking and play yesterday. Going to the track today for a warm up.. Than gym for weights, than to the Sun Angels Track Classic to spectate. Will post results for Canadian athletes as I see them on twitter @geoff800.
It's raining here in Phoenix and I don't have any rain gear... I thought this was the desert, it's not suppose to rain in the desert...

Friday, 8 April 2011

Friday April 08 Phoenix

I will be running for the first time tonight since I receive an injection in my foot to relieve some of the pain and inflammation. Hoping that it feels good and I can be on the track tomorrow. I am staying in the condo with 4 girls and I am banished to foam mat set up behind the couch... it's comfy and I have been sleeping well. I get my own room Monday!

I will be posting a video of our concert that will be had this weekend, there seems to be some talent in the house so a performance seems to be appropriate! I will update tonight with how the run goes.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The Beginning

This is the start of a new Blog but not my first... This will be kept much more regularly (due to having a computer of my own to use) and I hope to recieve more response to it!
I will be regularly posting on Twitter @geoff800 if your into that, I don't even know if I am. Finally I will be posting regular video blogs accessable from this blog but also on under "harrisrunning".

Thats it than, Hope to hear from anyone following!