Going Long - Training to be a Sinner in Alberta Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:51:57 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Apr 01, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-01-2020.html <p>Speedwork on Skead Road.</p> <p>4 x 1200 with 400 recoveries.</p> <p>First two intervals were 6:43 and 6:45.&nbsp; Then, I don&#39;t know what got into me.&nbsp; The next two were run at 6:30 and 6:20.&nbsp; Does Covid-19 boost your speed and energy?&nbsp; Maybe I got it!&nbsp; :)</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 31, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-31-2020.html <p>Goodwill Drive; 8:25 pace.</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 30, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-30-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:31 pace.&nbsp;</p> <p>I had no &#39;blah&#39; issues for this run.&nbsp; Amazing what a day off running and a couple of good night&#39;s sleep does for one&#39;s energy level.</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 28, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-28-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:44 pace.</p> <p>It was a slog from the get go.&nbsp; Just didn&#39;t have any mojo in my legs, and so had to just will myself forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 27, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-27-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:46 pace.</p> <p>Gorgeous day with brilliant sunshine; -4C/26F and very little wind.</p> <p>Got an e-mail from the Sinister 7 race director.&nbsp; They are still hoping for the first weekend of July, but have an alternative date set for the 4th weekend of August, just in case.&nbsp; That&#39;s 7 weeks later - sure hope they decide soon, as it will alter my training quite a bit.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 25, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-25-2020.html <p>First outside speedwork in a long while.&nbsp; Temperature right around the freezing mark and little wind.&nbsp; Plus, it was just so nice to get out.&nbsp; Radar Road.</p> <p>5 x 1200 repeats with 400 recoveries.</p> <p>Paces/mile were:&nbsp; 6:48&nbsp; 6:46&nbsp; 6:42&nbsp; 6:47&nbsp; and&nbsp; 6:42.&nbsp; Pretty consistent - made me happy.</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 24, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-24-2020.html <p>Goodwill Drive; 8:44 pace.</p> <p>So, yesterday the Premier of Ontario declared that all non-essential services and businesses must close by Midnight today.&nbsp; This morning, they released the list of what are considered essential services and businesses that can stay open.&nbsp; Honestly, it would have been easier to list the non-essential ones.&nbsp; It looks to me like EVERYTHING is essential, according to that list.</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 23, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-23-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:53 pace.</p> <p>Beautiful morning for running.&nbsp; -5C/23F.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 21, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:47 pace.&nbsp; &nbsp;Blue sky and glorious sunshine, but real cold.&nbsp; Just -18C/0F when I started and up to -9C/16F when I finished 3 hours later.</p> <p>Still, after yesterday&#39;s little blizzard, it was great to be out in the sun.</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 20, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-20-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:36 pace.</p> <p>Going out the first 6 miles was miserable.&nbsp; Driving sleet/snow right into my face.&nbsp; Stinging eyes and close to zero visibility.</p> <p>Coming back the final 6 miles was an absolute delight!</p> <p>First of my races was postponed until October.&nbsp; Sudbury Rocks Half Marathon that was orginally scheduled for the last weekend of May.</p> <p>Still waiting to hear about my two Ultras.&nbsp; The organizers of the Sinister 7 100 Miler won&#39;t decide for sure until the first week of May, so my training continues at least until then.</p> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 18, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-18-2020.html <p>Speedwork on the treadmill.</p> <p>6 x 800 @ 6:58 pace with 400 recoveries.</p> Wed, 18 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 17, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-17-2020.html <p>Goodwill Drive; 9:00 pace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>A very gentle snow falling, with huge flakes.&nbsp; Kinda magical.</p> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 16, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-16-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 9:00 pace.&nbsp; Cool running; -12C/11F.</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 14, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2020.html <p>Radar Road; 8:45 pace.&nbsp; Beautiful morning.&nbsp; Sitting around -2C/28F, and the sun came out around mile 5.</p> <p>I left a bit late, ate a bit more than normal beforehand because of that, and paid for it with runner&#39;s trots at the end.&nbsp; Made it home though!</p> <p>So, the Bishop of our Diocese ordered the cancellation of everything, effective immediately, because of the Covid-19 Virus.&nbsp; The only &#39;maybe&#39; exception will be funerals.&nbsp; So, now I have a lot of free time on my hands - including weekends - and there are no races to run (they have all been cancelled), no sports to watch (all cancelled), and no way I can increase the amount of running that I&#39;m already doing.&nbsp; Kinda sucks.</p> <p>Got a notice that my Sinister 7 Ultra in July might be cancelled ... pending how things progress.&nbsp; Likely will also see the cancellation of my May Ultra, and my May and June Half Marathons.&nbsp; Ah well.&nbsp; Out of my hands, so I&#39;ll just keep running.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep well everyone!&nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 13, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-13-2020.html <p>Easy run on Goodwill Drive; 8:42 pace.</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 11, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-11-2020.html <p>Speedwork on the treadmill.</p> <p>4 x 800 @ 6:58 with 400 recoveries.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 10, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-10-2020.html <p>Goodwill Drive; 8:41 pace.</p> <p>Driving snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, strong North wind - miserable.&nbsp; But it was only 5 miles, so I took it out into the storm.</p> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 09, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-09-2020.html <p>Goodwill Drive; 8:50 pace.&nbsp; The road was mostly bare, with some icy patches.&nbsp; Hovering just above freezing at 34 degrees.&nbsp; Nice morning for running.</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 07, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2020.html <p>Back to the treadmill for this Back to Back.&nbsp; 9:31 pace.</p> <p>It was only 14 hours since I ran the 20 miles, so my legs were still heavy and a bit rubbery.&nbsp; I actually stopped after just 2.5 miles to eat a banana because of that.&nbsp; Finished the rest no problem.</p> Sat, 07 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Mar 06, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-06-2020.html <p>Lots of snow last night and the highway was a mess, so I did the same long run route as last week:&nbsp; 3 laps on Goodwill Drive.&nbsp; An afternoon run, so the sun was shining and it was reasonably warm at -4C/25F.&nbsp; Strong and gusty wind, however.</p> <p>The road was snow covered and icy for lap one, at which point the snow plow made a pass.&nbsp; After that, it was just snow packed and icy.</p> <p>All the dogs came out to run with me on lap 2.&nbsp; Five different ones.&nbsp; Picked up my pepper spray for lap 3, just in case, and didn&#39;t see a single pooch.</p> <p>8:53 average pace.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Mar 04, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-04-2020.html <p>Speedwork on the treadmill.</p> <p>6 x 800 @ 6:58 with 400 recoveries.</p> <p>Firing on all cylinders.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Mar 03, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-03-2020.html <p>Goodwill Drive; 8:20 pace.</p> <p>Beautiful sunrise, but cold running.&nbsp; -7C/19F</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Mar 02, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-02-2020.html <p>Beautiful morning to take it outside again.</p> <p>Radar Road; 8:40 pace.</p> <p>-3C/26F with little wind.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 07:00:00