Monthly Archives: March 2012

Marathon 15 – March 25

Today was one of those days where running just felt wonderful.  I don’t if it’s because I slept really well last night or was just so inspired by Chris McDougall’s “Born to Run”.  If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it!

One of my favorite quotes by William James  in that book is “Beyond the very extreme of fatique and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own, sources of strength never taxed at all, because we never push through the obstruction”

Today it was raining for the first hour or so and at +4 at least it wasn’t all that cold.  I once again tested out the “Compounder Shell” by Columbia and was very happy with its performance.

I wore my metronome today for the first part of my run and had it set at 172….I think for the most part I was able to keep up with the beat.  But, wow those first 22 or so km are just so slow these days.  It used to be my average Sunday run pace would be about a 6:15km.  Now, those first k’s are around a 6:45km.  Once I am with the group I seem to be able to hold onto a faster pace, but I wonder why the first half is always so slow.  I think probably a lot has to do with the fact that it’s early in the morning, it’s dark out and I am running by myself.  Yet, I think too that the slower pace with a bit of an increase in the second half is  ok because thus far I am not injured at all. 

Have a great week!





Marathon 14 – March 18

The weather network said it would reach a high of 22 today and it actually got as high as 24.  But this morning it was only +4 and I think it stayed right around that temperature for 37km.  That was because of the fog… 5:00 am the sky was clear and the moon was a tiny orange sliver – beautiful!  But about 5km into the run, the fog started to roll in.  And wow was it every foggy – you could hardly see 10 feet in front of you.  And damp!  The fog finally lifted and when it did, the sun warmed things up tremendously.

I am testing a new jacket from Columbia for I-Run magazine and today was the perfect day to give it a try.  It wasn’t too cold or too hot and the dampness made it perfect for testing.  I’ll be writing up my thoughts for I-Run within the next couple of weeks, but here is a sneak preview of what the jacket looks like.


p.s. remember that anyone who wants to join in and run 20km with me and the Sunday Run group is most welcome.  We meet up at 8:00 am at the Arboretum.  Starting in May, the routes will start to change.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me at:

Marathon 13 – March 11

I have hit the 25% mark in my quest to run 52 marathons in a year.  So far, so good!

The time change made getting up more difficult than usual and I wondered how many people would be coming out to run given they were also loosing an hour of sleep.

To my great surprise, 12 runners came out.  It was great having such a large group to run with.

I think we have now turned the corner from winter into spring.  It was so nice to run on pavement without having to worry about ice or uneven footing.  Although we have had a fairly decent winter, there was a lot of rain which made the paths very slippery at times. With the exception of the snowy conditions on Christmas Day, there has not been a single snow storm on the Sunday runs. All the snow and rain happened mid week.  I much prefer to have had the uneven, slippery conditions than to have run a marathon in a full on snowstorm.


Marathon 12 – March 4

Enough of the cold already!!  Last Sunday the long range forecast predicted a very sunny and mild day.  Well….not so sunny and not so mild.  It was around -10 (-17 with wind) today and to make matters worse the footing was just awful.  I don’t know how many times I almost fell. Luckily though I was able to get my balance just in time.  And the worst was getting a soaker 5km into the run.   My foot stayed cold pretty much for the entire time.

Yet, as much as I am tired of the cold, it defintely could be a lot worse.  For instance on Saturday the winds were gusting upwards of 90km per hour and during the week we had snow storms.  Much better to run in the cold with little wind and no falling snow.

Today we were a good sized group as you can see from the picture – 9 of us were running. 

This picture is taken at Rideau Falls.  While you can’t really see from the picture, they have started blasting the ice and there were huge chunks of ice and other assorted debris at the bottom of the falls…..very cool!  Unfortunately we just missed them blasting some of the ice, but we did see the boat going up and down the river cutting up the ice.

This other picture is taken at the NAC and is of me sitting beside Oscar Peterson.  Very, very cool piece of art.

Next week brings daylight savings time, so don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour.  It’s going to be tough getting up at 4:00 next week!

Cheers and have a wonderful week.