Sunday, January 30, 2011

Around and around I go

Today I decided to run loops. Well, run to a loop, do the loop a couple of times, run to another loop, run it, then on to another and I’m sure you get the picture. I ran around parks and a university today and the paths and roads in between.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 21 km
Weather: –8 C, felt like -15

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Run 2 of 2

Tonight was the Quality Workout at Runners’ Choice. We headed out for some 400m repeats on a nice paved path. It was great to have a workout with no cars and a nice wide path that was clear of snow. It was a nice tough workout, running hard for 400m and then easy for 400m and repeat 6 to 12 times.

Tonight’s Run:
Distance covered: 13 km
Weather: –4 C, felt like –9 C

Run 1 of 2

It’s Thursday today, which means Quality Workout with Runners’ Choice tonight. Normally, that is my only run of the day, but this morning I headed out the door for a short run in the nice mild weather.

Distance: 5 km
Weather: –7 C, light snow, wind E 4 km/h

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Another new pair.. another sore heel

On the weekend, I exchanged the shoes that gave me heel pain for a different pair of shoes. Tonight I tried out the new shoes on a treadmill. Pain. I tried to suck it up thinking that maybe, just maybe, it was “new shoe” pain and not “bad shoe for me” pain. I ended up having to switch shoes half-way through my run (I brought 2 pairs to the gym just in case). I guess Reeboks just don’t fit my feet right. It’s too bad, too, because I liked the shoes in all other aspects.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 9.75 km
Weather: n/a – I was indoors

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Today was very, very cold. Legs don’t like to move when it’s this cold, but I forced them to. It was a tough run. I guess it’ll only make me stronger, though!

Today’s Run:
Distance: 16 km
Weather: –17 C, with a “feels like” temperature of –26 C

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mostly treadmills and a bit of snowy roads

That’s my week of running in a nutshell.

Tonight was a Quality Workout night at Runners’ Choice. The evening started out with a talk by Olympian Eric Gillis. He ran the 10,000 at the Beijing Olympics and is now looking at the marathon for 2012.

After a good talk about training and a Q&A session, we headed outdoors to run out to Longfellow for some hill work. It was a tough run tonight as the roads became progressively more slippery and the soles of our shoes became more caked with snow. It was a good workout.

Tonight’s Run:
Distance: 10 km, including hill repeats
Weather: –8C, snow

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Shoes - Sore Heel

I ran 8.5 km on a treadmill at the gym this morning in new shoes. By the end of the run, the back of my right heel was really hurting. Not fun. I don’t believe these are the shoes for me.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

First Day

Today was the first day of the Winter/Spring Marathon group at Runners’ Choice. The group was bigger than the fall group, with a lot of first time marathoners and half-marathoners. It’s going to be a good season.

It was a cold, but very nice morning. The sky was perfectly clear and the sun was strong. It was a perfect winter morning for a run.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 15km
Weather: –11C, felt like –19C

Monday, January 03, 2011

Back to Winter Weather

After Friday and Saturday’s rain, we got a wee bit of new snow yesterday. It was just a dusting, but at least it’s something for January.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 12 km
Weather: –3 C, felt like –9 C

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Starting the new year off right

Today I ran the Resolution Run with the Running Room. It wasn’t a long run, just a short 5K run in the rain, but it was a good way to start off the year.

2010 was a pretty good running year for me. I managed to spend the year injury free, which was my main goal and I also set a couple of PBs in 10K and also the half marathon.

Total Distance covered in 2010: 1353 km

In 2011 I will be expanding my running horizons further with some exciting challenges. So far, my longest race has been the half marathon, but this spring, I will run the Around the Bay 30K road race and the Mississauga Marathon.

The big challenge for this year will be the ENDURrun in August. This event is an 8 day, 7 stage event covering a total of 160 km. I will have to train harder than ever and build up my endurance, but I’m certainly looking forward to it.

Happy New Year, everyone!