Saturday, December 19, 2009

Almost Christmas


This morning I woke up congested and clearly in thrall to a bit of a cold virus. Fool that I am, I donned the running gear and went for my usual Saturday 18 km run. And you know what? Apart from the excessive phlem (I won't elaborate) it was a fantastic run in every way. Yes, I know, I probably should have listened to conventional wisdom and stayed in the house. Had I stayed in the house, I would have missed a great run and felt even more miserable. It's like when I'm slightly injured; I ignore the temptation to stay away from running, and to date I've never regretted those decisions. The moral of the story is this: don't cancel your run unless it's a damned good reason.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


It's not novel to notice that as a person becomes a 'runner', a great deal of his (read 'his/her') personality becomes evident in his approach to the sport. Most new runners are very meticulous in taking very specific amounts of sport drink, gobbling their gu at very precise mile markers, etc. I felt a bit guilty when I started running because I wasn't that scientific.
Then I heard Anthony Famiglietti at the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and he told how he ate Mcdonald's for two solid weeks in China and competed successfully at the same time. This story confirmed to me that, like everything else in life, you have to personalize your approach to running to ensure it remains an integral part of your life and not an overwhelming burden that you begin to despise.
I'm sure that Fam doesn't exist on lard and sugar, but there is a certain freedom that comes from being open to changing your lifestyle gradually and sensibly.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Today's Run


Running at 8 am on a Monday morning is nothing like running at 4:30 am on a weekday. The world is a busy place by 8 am. Granted, it's far more interesting, and there's a lot more light. I prefer the lonely 4:30 run; far less threat of being hit by a truck, for one thing. Ah well, all week should be interesting since I do not intend to run at 4:30 am while I'm on vacation. Vacation is work time, so off to put up Christmas lights and all that.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

a copy and paste


just read this

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

- WB Yeats

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday morning

Frost covered the cars I ran by this morning, not terribly obvious frost since it was still dark at 6:30. Crisp air, not a breath of a breeze. The sun is now shining brightly, another satisfying run gone by. Outlaw omelette was outstanding, and my coffee has never tasted better. Except yesterday morning when that first coffee was accompanied by a couple of fresh, hot apple fritters at the St Jacobs farmers market.
Exactly a week to go before the Niagara Falls International Marathon, which will be my eleventh marathon. Staying at the Crowne Plaza, got an amazing deal on Hotwire.com.
More later. The leaves need raking, and it's a perfect day to be out there. Have a great day.