Friday, May 31, 2019

Last run of May 2019

5K the usual way on my meal break this evening.  A fitting way to end the month. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday Trail

Too nice not to run this afternoon so I logged 4.8K on the backyard trail.  Treated myself to a cold one and a float before heading off to work this evening. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Seems like I am always a day or two or three behind on the blog these days. 

Yesterday, Monday I logged 4 km run on the backyard trail. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Ottawa Race Weekend - The Lumber Jack

 Did the Lumber Jack at the Ottawa Race Weekend.  Did a 2,  5 and 10 km race starting at 3 pm on Saturday then Sunday at 7:00 am I did the Marathon. 

Arrived Friday night around 7 pm,  checked into the Westin then headed out to dinner with a group from the Saugeen Tri Club and Patrick,  Gordon and Gary.    After dinner it was back to the hotel retiring for the night. 

 Saturday morning we picked up our race kit.   This was by far the largest haul I have ever taken in .... ended up with 5 shirts ,  2 arm sleeves and a bunch of other things.  At the Expo I picked up a Nathan Water bottle that I had been looking for  awhile.    Next up was a tour of the new Telesat HQ and SCC where I got yet another shirt ... "Team Telesat". 

 The races started Saturday afternoon and thats more or less what we did until the Marathon was completed on Sunday.  I thought we would have tons of time to kill between races but there was just so many people around that everything seemed to happen back to back although I did managed to fit a Beer in between events.


Race #1 ,  2 km
This was a PB for me just because I have never ran a 2 km race before.   I thought that I would put the hammer down and see what I can come up with after all the run will be done before the body knows whats going on.   Lining up for the race the was hundreds of little kids ,  parents , strollers so and and so forth so racing it ... no way!   It was a ton of fun running with this crowd  no child ever runs in a straight line so I just shuffled along with the crowd laughing all the way to the finish.

Tripped the clock at 11min20sec good for 507 out of the 2522 participants,  329 out of 1233 men and 8th out of 32 men 55-59.

Relive 'Afternoon May 25th'

Race #2,  5 km
Lined up with Patrick and Gary.  This was Garys first race so Patrick and I followed his pace.   Gary had great results better then he was expecting.    Video to follow!

 Tripped the clock at 33min53sec good for 3562 out of 6759 participants,  1990 out of 3002 men and 114 out of 184 men 55-59.

Relive 'Afternoon May 25th'

Race #3 ,  10 km
Lined up with Gordon and Patrick.   This was a BIG race ,   6990 participants.   The start included a flyover by an F16...  ( FB Live Video is here ...

 We headed out pretty easy,  6:30 pace  for the first half of the race picked it up at the 7 km mark.   We were passed by another Lumber Jack guy so we decided to pick it logging a 5:35 km.   At the 8km mark it was ... go get the pace bunny then at 9 km I said to Gordon " Lets Go" and we both put the hammer down doing a 4:40 pace through the last K .... it was a blast! 

Tripped the clock at 1h0min good for 3347out of 6990 participants,  2041 out of 3121 men and 157 out of 263 55-59 year old men.

At the 5K split is was in postion 4751 / 6990 and at the finish it was 3347 /6990 we passed 1,404 runners in the last 5K.     This also gave us a huge negative split 33:07 for the first 5K and 27:29 for the second 5K. 

Relive 'Evening May 25th'

Race #4,  Full Marathon
It was an early start up at 5am and running by 7am.   Ran the full with Patrick aiming for a 5 hour Marathon.    More or less approached it like a 50 ker  aiming for a 7:30 pace and thats more or less what we achieved.   Didn't do any gels just Nuhn and a handful of  the " gummies" they handed out twice.  The course was super scenic and well supported.  Heat came into play a little bit there was a fair bit of sun and a cooling breeze when you were heading the right way.   Temps started around 17C and rose to the low 20's by noon.    Normally that wouldn't be a big deal but with the cool spring no one has acclimatized.

218Ronald IrwinDurhamCANM55-592398170713001:12:1002:33:1303:42:0004:53:3905:08:30.9
@55 km00:36:597:23/km5 km00:36:592859198015807:40:50
@105 km00:35:117:02/km10 km01:12:102822196415208:16:01
@155 km00:37:177:27/km15 km01:49:262805195714908:53:17
@21.16.1 km00:43:477:10/km21.1 km02:33:132746192314709:37:04
@253.9 km00:30:207:45/km25 km03:03:332699189114610:07:23
@305 km00:38:277:41/km30 km03:42:002596182514110:45:50
@355 km00:36:197:15/km35 km04:18:182513177713711:22:08
@405 km00:35:227:04/km40 km04:53:392450173813611:57:30
@42.22.2 km00:14:536:46/km42.2 km05:08:312399170713012:12:22
TIME05:08:30.97:18/km42.2 km05:08:30.92399170713012:12:22

Tripped the clock at 5h8m30s good for 2399 out of 3519 participants ,  1707 out of 2380 mean and 130 out of 201 men 55-59. 

Relive 'Morning May 26th'

Thursday and Friday

4 km on the backyard trail both days. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Run and Lift Wednesday

Had to make a trip over Hanover way so I decided to get it all done at once doing a 5K run followed by a weight routine at the Allan Park Gym. 

Sauble Tuesday

5K on the beach at Sauble on Tuesday....shorts were in order ,  almost warm enough to be shirt free but there was a cool breeze off the lake.

Cold Monday

4 km on the backyard trail Monday.  High single digits and drizzle put me in my tights and a shell for thsi short run.  Lost the shell after the first loop then put it back on for the cool down. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday Morning

Summer arrived on Sunday ,  at least for a few hours.   Got  up early did my usual coffee and hot tub routines then after grabbing a bite I headed out the door logging a 10.2 km run around the " Mc Cormick" loop. 

Relive 'Morning May 19th'

By late afternoon a cold front went through dropping the temperature and bringing some rain. 

Small Saturday

I was beat on Saturday ,  just logged a little 4 km run on the backyard trail.   Had another 5 face of fire wood delivered. 

Lions Head and Rush Cove - Friday May 17

Got together with this bunch on Friday...

In the morning we did the Lions Head Loop logging 18.3 km in 3hrs49min  ,  man that is one tough technical run,  forgot just how tough it is. 

Relive 'Morning May 17th'

In the afternoon we headed to the South side of Barrow Bay doing a little Rush Cove loop good for another 7.4 km. 

Relive 'Afternoon May 17th'

After we grabbed a bite in Lions Head the I went home and stacked 5 cord of fire wood.   All and all a great day!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Friday on a Thursday

Last day of work before a week off.  5 km run and lift today on my meal break.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

Lunch Run

Same as yesterday logging another 5k run on my meal break.

Sunday Running

Worked Sunday ,  5K logged on the treadmill on my meal break.  It was almost like I didn't run Seaton the day before,  must be doing something right!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Seaton Soaker 50 km Trail Race - Saturday May 12, 2019

 Had some getting even to do with the trail Gods after a rather grueling PYP 2 weeks ago.   PYP was OK but very slow mostly due to conditions.    Seaton was much better ,  the race started at 4C,  Sun and little wind and ended 12C , Sun and little wind.   I was a little cold at times running in a Tech T and Shorts but towards the end I was a little warm.   Mentally I really enjoyed the first of two 25 km laps.  The course had changed as a result of erosion along the river trail.  The detour was welcome it broke up a 5 km long stretch that is the start and finish but it also added a degree of difficulty to the run...a good addition that I hope remains.     Heading back out on the 2nd loop the day was starting to catch up with me and I began to feel tired but remained more or less at pace.  The Heart Rate was a wee bit high running into the 150's.  If I stay at that HR I know I will fatigue and its a wide open invite to  " The Death March"!   I needed to do 3 things, #1 more water,  #2 more calories and #3 slow down a tad.   Did all three things and was able to keep going keeping the HR in the 140's.   On the last lap I passed quite a few runners some of which I have never finished in front of.  At first I though thats just so and so having one of those days ....we all have them from time to time.   But I passed so many that I began to realize I was just having a good day.   I thought my time was way off previous years but this is a new course and it ran a wee bit slower then other years.  My finish was only 13 minutes slower then last year.   So yeah,  it was a good day although I didn't recognize it at the time.

Finished in 6h35m46s  good for 42 out of 114  participants,  36 out of 83 men and  12 out out of 32 in the 50-59 age group.   Up next in 2 weeks its the Lumber Jack in Ottawa ...I feel ready!

Relive 'Morning May 11th'

Catch up post ....

Been busy ,  been running and lots of other stuff.   

Monday -  After Mid 7 I did a second run logging 5.8 km on the backyard trail.   The weather was much better then it has been so I was able to get in a decent Hammock session after the run. 

Tuesday -   A 2 run day,  run #1 5K looping at Jones Falls,  run #2 5K on the beach at Sauble.  

Wednesday ,   Thursday and Friday -  With Seaton on Saturday it was taper time but I am doing the May Challange so each day it was 4K on the backyard trail  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mid 7

10 km on the treadmill then a weight routine rounds out another set of mids. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mid 6

10 km done on my meal break this morning. 

Weigh in 173 lbs ...been trending down the last few months would like to see a summer running weight of 170 lbs. 

Mid 5

Another 5 km logged on my meal break Saturday morning.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mid 2

5K run followed by a weight routine this morning on my meal break.