Going Longer Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:17:42 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Nov 21, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-21-2017.html <p>8:33 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.</p> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 20, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-20-2017.html <p>8:25 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.</p> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 18, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-18-2017.html <p>8:49 pace on the Maley Extension.</p> <p>A few inches of wet snow fell during the night, and running through it was tough.&nbsp; It really grabbed at the feet.&nbsp; And in the tire tracks on the side roads, it was pretty slick.</p> <p>I do see the occasional runner here in Garson, but rarely meet one running.&nbsp; Today, right at Maley, she and I were coming from different directions, but turning up the same street.&nbsp; I thought for sure she had seen me at the intersection.&nbsp; So, when I gently passed her, I said &quot;good morning&quot;.&nbsp; She nearly jumped out of her skin.&nbsp; Scared me!&nbsp; But we both had a good laugh about it.</p> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 17, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-17-2017.html <p>8:30 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.</p> <p>Three times, at three intersections, a car that COULD have safely pulled out, waited for me to pass.&nbsp; I was impressed and wondered what changed.&nbsp; Then I remembered - it&#39;s a PD day.&nbsp; No school.&nbsp; It&#39;s TEACHERS that are gunning for me!&nbsp; Go figure.&nbsp; It&#39;s always the stressed out ones who are distracted the most.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 15, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-15-2017.html <p>8:34 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.</p> <p>Rain.&nbsp; Soaked through.&nbsp; Warmer though - all the way up to 3C/38F!&nbsp; So, the ice has all melted and the footing was good.&nbsp; Plus I didn&#39;t get hit by a car - so a good run.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 14, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-14-2017.html <p>8:45 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.&nbsp; Really slick today; had to be extra careful with the footing.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 13, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-13-2017.html <p>8:36 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our snowfall Saturday night led me to make a few observations about my new assignment in Garson, over and beyond the fact that the drivers here really suck.</p> <p>The guy who clears the snow from the Church parking lot just outside my window begins at 4am.&nbsp; That&#39;s an hour before I normally get up.&nbsp; He&#39;s loud.&nbsp; I think he delights in letting his blade fall hard on the pavement.&nbsp; And, of course, the beeping when he backs up.&nbsp; There&#39;s no falling back asleep after that.&nbsp; Observation:&nbsp; there is NO insulation in the walls of this house.&nbsp; I can hear people breathing outside.</p> <p>Either the city doesn&#39;t clear the streets or sidewalks in Garson, or they figured there wasn&#39;t enough snow to make it worthwhile.&nbsp; Either way, my route was a combination of slush, packed ice, and mashed potato kind of snow.&nbsp; Soaked through feet after the first mile.</p> <p>I&#39;m not complaining, mind you - just observing.&nbsp; The fact that I can still run prevents me from complaining.&nbsp; Life is good.</p> <p>Aiming to get my weekly mileage back north of 40 by the end of the month.</p> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 11, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-11-2017.html <p>8:36 pace on the Donnelly Circuit - Maley extension.</p> <p>Was able to wait a few hours to run when it was plenty bright.&nbsp; So, no car issues to deal with.&nbsp; Of course - Saturday - so no commuters either.</p> <p>Warmed up quite a bit from yesterday:&nbsp; -10C/14F.&nbsp; I was actually a bit over dressed.</p> <p>So, I&#39;m on the cusp of running long runs again after my post-Ultra lay off.&nbsp; Other than heavy legs, everything seems to be fine.</p> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 10, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-10-2017.html <p>Donnelly Circuit; 8:18 pace.&nbsp; COLD!&nbsp; Just -18C/0F, with a windchill of -27C/-17F.&nbsp; Boy, did THAT ever come fast.&nbsp; Full winter mode.&nbsp; The only thing that got cold was my face, as I didn&#39;t wear my tube or balaclava.</p> <p>Hit a car today.&nbsp; Crazy drivers.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t think it would be possible to see drivers worse than Valley East, but Garson is very competitive in that department.</p> <p>So, sun is up and it&#39;s bright and I&#39;m wearing black against the white snow background, and I&#39;m wearing an LED strobe light on my head.&nbsp; Hello!&nbsp; First stop sign controlled intersection where the man was turning right, and he actually looked right, saw me, and waited.&nbsp; Hurray!</p> <p>Second one, the woman never saw me.&nbsp; Didn&#39;t bother to look right at all.&nbsp; But the traffic was thick and she couldn&#39;t pull out when I was crossing.&nbsp; So, made it across.</p> <p>Third one, again she didn&#39;t look right.&nbsp; Same intersection as the other day when I had to jump out of the way.&nbsp; Different woman.&nbsp; I was trying to make eye contact with her, to no avail.&nbsp; I slowed down, anticipating her to gun it.&nbsp; I was right.&nbsp; I slapped the side of her car hard - that was the first time she saw me.&nbsp; Oblivious.&nbsp; If I had not slowed down, I&#39;d not be running for a long while.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 08, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-08-2017.html <p>Tempo run on the Donnelly Circuit; 7:45 pace.&nbsp; That speed wasn&#39;t planned.&nbsp; It just happened.</p> <p>Nearly got hit in the final mile.&nbsp; Lady sitting at a stop sign turning right.&nbsp; Never bothered to look right.&nbsp; When the traffic cleared, she didn&#39;t move.&nbsp; I wrongly assumed she was waiting for me, and I was just about to wave her a &#39;thank you&#39; when she lurched forward.&nbsp; If I didn&#39;t jump out of the way, I&#39;d have been splattered.&nbsp; I did not wave her a thank you.</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 07, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-07-2017.html <p>Easy run - 8:38 pace - on the Donnelly Circuit.</p> <p>It warmed up to -1C/31F.&nbsp; And, with the time change on the weekend, the sunrise is currently 7:15, so no need for a headlamp for a while.</p> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 06, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-06-2017.html <p>Easy run on the O&#39;Neil West Route.&nbsp; 8:15 pace.&nbsp; Getting colder now; I think the gloves will soon have to give way to mitts.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 04, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-04-2017.html <p>8:32 pace; easy run on the Goodwill Route.&nbsp; It&#39;s an out and back that is just over 6 miles, so I had to add a bit on at the end.</p> <p>It was snowing lightly the whole time - nice.</p> Sat, 04 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Nov 03, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-03-2017.html <p>Easy 8:27 paced run on the Donnelly Circuit.&nbsp; Tried going the opposite direction this time --- works a lot better around the morning traffic.</p> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Nov 01, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-01-2017.html <p>New route, now that I&#39;m living in Garson.&nbsp; I&#39;ll call it the Donnelly Circuit.&nbsp; 8:19 pace.&nbsp; Light snow on the ground ... our first.</p> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 31, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-31-2017.html <p>Easy paced run (8:25) on the Falconbridge-Maley Route.</p> <p>Last day in the hotel!&nbsp; I&#39;ve beening living here since July 4th ... nearly 4 months.&nbsp; I will move into my new place later this morning.&nbsp; The work there is far from completed, but I managed to muck out a living space for myself there in the interim.</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 30, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-30-2017.html <p>Faster side of an &#39;easy&#39; run; 7:56 pace.&nbsp; Falconbridge-Maley route.</p> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 28, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-28-2017.html <p>Fast easy run; 8:05 pace.&nbsp; Falconbridge Road to Garson and back.</p> <p>Didn&#39;t plan to run it that fast, but the last three miles I clocked at 7:47&nbsp; 7:36&nbsp; and&nbsp; 7:25.</p> <p>Everything feels great.&nbsp; It has been a month since my Ultra.&nbsp; I&#39;m going to bump it up to run 5 days/week now.</p> Sat, 28 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 27, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-27-2017.html <p>Train route; 8:17 pace.&nbsp; Brought along a light, but had an equipment malfunction.&nbsp; The batteries died.&nbsp; So, I ran it in the dark.&nbsp; But no fox, coyote, bear or swamp swim.&nbsp; So, all was good.</p> <p>Maybe my last run in the dark on the train route, as I move into my house on Tuesday.&nbsp; Next 2 runs will be in daylight.&nbsp; Maybe.</p> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 25, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-25-2017.html <p>A bit faster today on the Falconbridge-Maley Drive route.&nbsp; 7:56 pace.&nbsp; I guess technically, that is my Marathon Pace.&nbsp; Wind and rain.</p> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 24, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-24-2017.html <p>Strong wind and steady rain.&nbsp; Good thing it wasn&#39;t cold!&nbsp; Ran a variation of the Train Route.&nbsp; 8:27 pace.</p> <p>My youngest sister ran her third Half in Toronto on Sunday, and ran a PB of just below 2:08.&nbsp; I am SO proud of her!!!</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 21, 2017 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-21-2017.html <p>Easy run towards the train route, cut short.&nbsp; I hadn&#39;t planned on going past the point where I swam yesterday anyway, but today, at about mile 2, a fox ran out from someone&#39;s front yard and started to run beside me.&nbsp; Literally, right at my heels.</p> <p>I stopped - it stopped.&nbsp; I ran - it ran.&nbsp; It was dark and I wasn&#39;t sure what it would do, so I turned around to run home.&nbsp; It followed right behind me for a quarter mile, until I came to a set of lights.</p> <p>I&#39;m sure it has been fed by the people in that neighbourhood and was just looking for a hand out.&nbsp; Still - you never know.</p> <p>8:15 pace.</p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:00