23 10, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Ottawa

By |October 23rd, 2014|Random|6 Comments|

Yesterday morning, a shooter decided to open fire at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, killing Nathan Cirillo, a 24 year old solider from Hamilton, Then, the shooter (well, this is the thought) jumped in a car, then ran up Parliament Hill to then shoot a rifle inside Centre Block – where our House of Commons and Senate is located. A video being played all over the media shows the shooter being shot down by Parliament Security/Police in Hall of Honour. Ottawa was then locked down.

I was no where near downtown yesterday, but I have been downtown several times. I have stood in the Hall of Honour several times with my students. I have run past all those locations in races. Last time I was at Parliament Hill, I was sitting in the grass watching my students play frisbee on the lawn – because that is what we do on nice days.

So – the only thing I am thinking about is Ottawa today







22 10, 2014

Some tips for the NYC Marathon

By |October 22nd, 2014|NYC 2014|4 Comments|

Happy Wednesday!


In my internet browsing and friendly chats with former NYC Marathon runners, I have complied a small list of tips that I will be remembering for the big day on November 2nd. The NYRR/NYC Marathon just released their guide for the 2014 Marathon as well. It is a good read for all those participating – both runners and any friends/family going to the race as well.

NYC Marathon Tips


Tip #1 – Wear a different pair of shoes in the start village

This tip comes from this website. BUT – I’ve also learned this the hard way by wearing running shoes on rainy days at the track or on any evening in the Fall at the track. There could be some dew on the grass in the morning, or it could be raining. You don’t want to start your marathon in wet shoes!  If you have a pair of retired shoes, bring those and then donate them right before you head into the corrals.

Tip #2 – Bring Toilet Paper!

I’ve read this tip on a number of sites. But apparently the TP runs out mid-morning. Most of us will be at the start village for at least 2 hours, so there is bound to be some business happening.

Tip #3 – Have a specific location to meet your friends/family after

This is especially important for NYC as there are a number of zones that are “frozen” to the public – mainly Central Park West and associated blocks east of Columbus. Nobody can get in these streets – so be warned. There is a [...]

21 10, 2014

Rochester Road Trip

By |October 21st, 2014|Random|3 Comments|

In what seems like another practice run before traveling to NYC – we took a little road trip to Rochester, NY this past weekend. It wasn’t all for fun as we had a robotics tournament to go to. But – I still was able to do all my “American Things” and spend some $. We left Kanata fairly late in the afternoon on Friday at around 4:30pm. I am very glad that we are traveling the bulk of the Ottawa-New Jersey trip in the daytime as driving at night just isn’t my cup of tea. We should be leaving Ottawa at noon, leaving a good 6 hours of daylight travel time – which is most of the trip. Anyways, we strolled into Rochester just before 10:30pm. We settling into the hotel, with Max taking a whole queen-sized bed to himself.

The next morning, P left early for robots and Max and I had a hotel adventure. We had a crappy hotel breakfast and watched Full House and Spongebob. P picked us up just before noon and we went to the robotics tournament for a bit. Of course, it being lunch time, Max and I quickly left for the Cheesecake Factory. Luckily, I am familiar with Rochester, so I quickly got us to the restaurant with no issues. Max had chicken fingers and fruit, while I had fish tacos! I ordered a pumpkin cheesecake to go.





The location of the Cheesecake Factory was also right [...]

20 10, 2014

NYC Marathon Training: Week 14

By |October 20th, 2014|NYC 2014, running|4 Comments|

Hi Folks!


This is definitely one of my shorter training recaps.  Week 14 represents the first week of taper – and taper I did. I have been having some issues with my knees/IT band – and don’t want to irritate it any farther – so I’m doing limited runs and just taking it easy. The work is done – it is time to get ready to run 42.2km! I do think that the main issue is it is time to switch out my Wave Inspires – my legs tell me when it is time to switch shoes and it is definitely time – so, I did! I’ve logged more KM on my blue Wave Inspires than any other shoe I’ve owned before. I also had some major time issues this week that made it very hard to get my 20K run in – so it didn’t happen – but the general plan for this afternoon is to “long run” until I run out of time (I have XC practice today as well). The only free time I had was early in the week and coming off a 32K long run, a 20K run is just not good too soon. I don’t think it matters much.

Week 14 of Marathon Training


Monday – Off!  Spent 4+ hours in the car instead

Tuesday – 10K in 1:06

I went out a bit too fast for this run. I survived, but I could definitely tell that my legs were tired from the weekend. I ended up taking it easy for the last two KM. It was a nice day on Tuesday and was probably the last day [...]

17 10, 2014

Good Luck #STWM Runners!!

By |October 17th, 2014|running|1 Comment|

This weekend is the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – and a big day for many of my running friends!

Good Luck to everyone running this weekend – including:













and LANNI!!

Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone – if I did – comment! (I wrote this at 6am)

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