Monday, 23 January 2012

1k Results

I raced a K this weekend, its was new for me. Not because I don't usually race 1K's but because I was actually able to finish the race. For the last two years I have been running on ice when I got to the last part of my races, injuries were holding me back. On saturday I hit my splits and finished with some authority and it felt good.
I ran 2.23:60 alone, lead start to finish on a flat track with a good surface. For any anti-dalplexers it was at the new Canada Games Center and I don't think its short but I don't like to assume anything.
It was awesome to have a meet run on time and have as many runners (and jumpers) as it did here in Nova Scotia.
I am planning on racing once more in the next couple weeks, I just don't know where yet. Otherwise it's back at it as usual!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Racing 1k

 I am racing on Saturday for the first time since July of last year. I went out last year on a low, dropping out of a race in Toronto, dealing with a season long foot injury. I have since taken the steps (pun intended) to heal and my foot injury and to make sure it’s not going to happen again. With my new orthotics and a better foot strike I have got through the longest set of straight training sessions in 2 years. I have been training very well, feeling fit and powerful. I am hoping that when I get to my speed and power phase it’s going to take me above and beyond what I have been able to accomplish in the past.

This weekend’s race is going to be a 1km. I am doing it at the Canada Games Center. I have some good runners in the race, with some of the Dalhousie Varsity team and my training partner Dan and newly acquired Kenyan John. It will be a good pace from the start; wouldn’t it be nice to PB first race of the season? I have barely been in spikes this year. Annnnnd there are the butterflies, right on time. I had a really great workout last night to set up for the weekend 600 – 400 – 200 (2min/1min recovery) -15min with steady state- 5X200… all at 1k pace. Through the whole workout knowing behind me and hearing the foot steps of a fit Kenyan made for some faster than expected intervals.


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A Rant on improper chin ups.

I touched on this on a twitter post and felt it might be appropriate to elaborate via my blog. I don’t think there are many people reading this during this uneventful time of my running season so…
I am all for healthy living, in all regards, nothing makes me feel more proud of a stranger than when I see them running, or working out at the gym, and you know it’s been a long over due life style change for them. When I see a runner with terrible form and out of shape running with their full “running room” gear, (belt full of water bottles), I am rooting for them. “At least there out there doing it” I think to myself. It’s only when the weekend-recreational runner wants to start debating me about training regimens that my aggravation might show…. Might.
Now I hope (and if there are any dancers out there maybe they can attest to) when I am out dancing, though it might not be the prettiest thing they have ever had the honor of seeing they feel the same. “At least he’s doing it, having fun and trying”.

But, when it comes to the fake “cross-fit” non-athletes I want to rid the world of them. That might have been harsh, I guess what I am trying to say is; I have no respect for you and I’d like you to go away, permanently. 
I can dig Cross-Fit as a theory of working out and getting into a certain kind of practical and functional shape. But just because you watched a youtube of someone doing it, you’re not an expert and you shouldn’t be teaching your friends. You need to take your American eagle cotton t-shirt and your friends to a Cross-Fit gym and have a Cross-fit trainer teach you Cross-fit. Cause right now you look like your having a seizer whilst holding on to a chin-up bar accomplishing what can not be categorized as a chin-up as your chin is not getting up to the bar. As well your 4 person rotation of this is making me wait to do my chin ups and this is not acceptable.

On a more positive note, my training is going famously. I am light years ahead of where I was at this point last year. I am seeing big things.