I'm STILL a self confessing, self professing know-it-all, or so I think!

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the 6ix

Toronto… TO… and my new running distance! Six!

I have a perfect course, well, it’s 5.85K and I make up the rest at the end – kinda sucks. I’ll be blogging about my 6K progress, and I promise to blog only if I better it! I ran three consecutive days, and was hoping for a sub 30 minute time today… I almost made it sub 29. I have a goal of 26:30, if I get 27 minutes (was running that fast in 2013), I’ll be stoked, but will continue pushing to go faster. It’s good to have goals… funny, as I was running Saturday, a elderly woman yelled out, “reach your goals”, as I was approaching her. I blew past her, and yelled back, “you betcha”! Great getting inspiration from unexpected people/places!

my sub five splits:

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Christmas Day Fun Run!

… my first time running since November 1st, and considering poor conditioning… killed it!! I see so many daily runners in this mild winter weather, luckily being able to continue running/training throughout the year (me, w/my job makes it next to impossible), and am SO jealous… yet, they’re still slow-poking it? What’s up w/that shit?!

Chuffed as fuck w/my x-mas run… 15 minutes for 3K is only 2 minutes-ish from my PB… and w/regular sessions 13:30 would be easily attainable day after day! I’m also happy as hell w/negative splits (lungs began burning 400m in, lol)!

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Thanksgiving Run!

… happy run! only my second time since September 1, so am chuffed w/the time. wanted to do at least 4K, but was windy, and got tuckered. did run a solo 1K after catching my breath, so essentially did run 4K, lol. being a non-runner of late, love it… love my negative splits too!

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6K + 6K

Yesterday + today! First time I ran in 13 days… worked 11 of the last 14 days – over 110 hours… good for the pocketbook, not so much for fast times on the pavement. Still getting shortchanged by Garmin, not that it matters (just sayin’), need new satellites tracking me. Times are well off 27 minutes of my old form, but I’ll take them. Actually, feels so good/refreshing using running muscles, even if only on the weekend. Hoping for 2 more good runs next weekend… then the following weekend, I’m off to Vancouver!! I can’t believe it’s almost here… am so stoked, can’t wait!


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Solid 4K!

Garmin was generous today, I’ll take it… usually on the wrong end of the GPS stick! Seventeen and a half minutes, only twenty-five seconds off my PR! Splits were consistent too, although my 3rd surprised me – it’s hands down my fastest, but not today? Strange?! Oh, well, I blame the slight headwind, lol! Feels good laying down a good time! Chuffed!

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4K – 17:37!!

Finally a run to blog home about! I’ve been having a difficult time, and I don’t know why? I’ve been running over 2 months for the 2015 season, and don’t have the distance stamina I should, and def don’t have the pace I expect. I’ve been running very slow compared to my glory days of 2013 when I set all my records. I don’t know where this came from… I’m particularly proud of my 3rd split; I was shocked when my wrist buzzed and I looked down to see a 4:12, I didn’t feel winded, or that I ran it particularly fast/hard. I certainly had plenty left in the tank, and even my final split although fast as well, I never went out and killed it. I know one day I’ll be able to finish in 8:15… and if I could run a solid 2K to start, I’ll have a great chance at PR-ing. As it was, I only missed it by just over 30 seconds. And, to show you how slow I’ve been, my previous best this year was 18:50 (which I ran twice)! Today, if nothing more is vindication…

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easy 7 w/ hot sauce lap

I like pushing/testing myself. So, after a 30 minute 6K, sprinted as hard as I could for the last kilometer. The result; sub 4 minutes – 3:56 … wow! Made me think back to last year’s runs … I think the fastest I ever ran 1000m was 3:53, maybe 3:50 … and that was w/ fresh legs and lungs, making this time even more impressive! Wow, indeed!!

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what a welcome back!

… certainly wasn’t expecting this! Couldn’t believe my splits, never felt I was running hard/fast. My only self complaint/criticism is that I was feeling so good throughout, I wanted to keep this going for 8-10K, but suddenly at 4.5K knew it wouldn’t happen. At that point, it was either push hard for 6, or shut it down at 5. I chose the latter. But, turning it into a positive, wanted to do another 2K at a slower pace; was looking at 5:30 – 6:00. Again not feeling stressed, surprised myself with splits of 4:55 and 4:51! Sweet!

23 minute 5K

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coming home 2K

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Garmin, you really piss me off at times!

I don’t know why my expectations of you are greater than RunKeeper. Maybe it’s the fact that I doled out $450 for you, compared to zilch for RunKeeper w/ its free service! And, I know I was gonna do an in depth comparison, but at this point, I can’t be bothered. I will say, both are great – most of the time. And, while in the grand scheme of things, improperly measuring distance occasionally ain’t exactly life-and-death. When I approach my 1K marker, and nothing happens … and I continue running, and still nothing?! Garmin’s inaccuracies still piss me off! I know damned well I ran at least 1.08 (maybe 1.1)K before my wrist buzzed. No fucking way I ran 5:08 … was def a 4:40 – 4:45. I said it before, I’ll say it again … all I want is to be credited with what I did. It’s what I deserve. AND, it affected the rest of my run – was playing on my mind the whole time. To be conservatively fair, I know I ran at a 4:47 min/k pace … corrected time would shave a minute off, crediting me with 1:07. Do any of you have the same issues Garmin? Do you care?

today’s 14K … record run too …

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33′ 7K

… + w/ yesterday’s 27′ 6K = 13K in 1 hour. Funny, last year I tried a few times running this distance in this allotted time, but always was short – never did achieve it … I think 12.7K was my best. Today’s run was a steady paced effort … the first 6K was even splits (the second and third were identical to the 1/1000 second. spooky), and then I picked it up for the final kilometer … to a lesser degree than yesterday’s run, were I was really able to quicken my pace. That’s something were I feel I’m a better runner this year compared to last year. I feel I’m maturing, and able to do more, even though my training is absent. Last year, I had no finishing kick … my best times all were the result of starting fast and maintaining the pace as far as it would take me. Just a personal observation of changes within myself, and were running is taking me.


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I love running, when running loves me back!

Those who follow/read my blog, know my troubles of late running … trying to run I should say. I just haven’t been able to muster strength/energy for any sustained distance. Today I did. Maybe this post should read; from 800m to 12K?! Kinda like that one too, lol! Yes, I ran like I used to. Even a couple of kilometers in, I knew I had it. I felt it. And, as God as my witness, I kept saying to myself, “I’m gonna run a half-marathon” “I’m gonna run a half-marathon” … over, and over, I kept repeating it. At around 10K, my Garmin – for the first time too, gave me the LOW BATTERY warning. And, I had no clue how much time I had before it died completely. I started panicking, and bailed at 12K. Would I have gotten the 21.1K? Maybe, maybe not … I do know that I would have gotten 16 or 17 for sure. Anyways, it is what it it, I’m very happy … oh, and you know me, I still gotta kvetch about something, lol … Garmin messed up kilometer #1 … I easily ran 50m more past my marker. It shoulda been a 4:45 – 4:50 lap. I only mention this, ‘cuase it woulda made all my laps sub 5 minutes. Which they all were! Whatever … here’s this morning’s 12K.

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doin’ my Alberto Juantorena!!

Remember him? El Caballo (the horse)! Motherfucker was tall, and ran w/ that long stride of his. Ran fast too. Did double damage in Montreal in ’76 winning gold in both the 400m and 800m. Only man ever to do so too! Anyways, I regress. Made me reflect on my runs, and realized, I never attempted 800m … not once. I knew I wanted to, but focused late last year primarily on my 1 mile runs for shorter distances. AND, after today’s blistering (LOL) time … figure if I stay focused, and w/ a better plan, should be able to PR it; bring my time closer to the six minute mile mark. Hope so! Oh, and once again, lack of tracking is my enemy. I lace up my Sauconys and hit the road running without any plan. I just go running … seeing where it takes me. Seems like not too far these days. That’s ok, doing what I can … and am pleased w/ the results considering it all!

my warm-up!

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sub 3 minutes, 3:37 minute/k pace … I’ll take it!

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