Settling…

After almost two weeks without running (so that I could get married and start wedding cleaning), Running Man resumed. The turnout was better by the second week, and the general consensus was that none of us had ran after the Edmonton Marathon. I wasn’t too surprised given the lack of motivation moving forward. And with the cooler weather reminding us of the change of season, it seems as if everyone is already hunkering down for winter. My last wedding is at the end of the month, so I’ll get back to you afterwards…

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Edmonton Marathon…

On a mostly cool and cloudy morning, I went downtown to watch Lang and Kelvin start their marathon before embarking on my half-marathon with Josiah, Linda and Boon. My “new” running technique lasted my entire race, and I finished inside of two hours with only a few blisters. Josiah set the 21.1K bar at sub-1:45, and Lang completed his 42.2K in just over four hours. Then Tina and I set out on our 5K together and we both finished in pain (but also in style). My first two-race morning is done; my greater race is imminent…

Readying…

On a sleepless Wednesday morning, I set out on a pre-dawn morning run to de-stress and grapple with God. I ended up covering more than a half-marathon doing circles around Eleanor. (In an effort to catch up on my training, I began running laps after sunset in my neighbourhood.) Except for some very sore calf muscles, I found myself recovering well and more ready for the Edmonton Marathon than I had initially thought. Now as final wedding preparations ramp up, I taper down my runs and prepare for the closest race…

Restarting…

July got hammered by three weddings in consecutive weeks, and I found myself busy at all of them. That made Running Man a basic write-off for most of the month, save for a Saturday practise meant mostly for maintenance. With less than a month to go until the Edmonton Marathon, I find myself chronically behind in my 21.1K training (I guess that’s what happens when I forgo a training program). Meanwhile, more friends are signing up for the race, and my almost imminent wedding serves to further increase my anxiety…

Faltering…

A month passed without a race. There wasn’t sufficient interest or availability to redo the June MEC Race, so everyone is in a bit of a holding pattern as July rolls around promising to decimate Running Man. With three weddings coming up on consecutive weeks, there will be no official practises for us. Bad timing as I find myself out of shape and nowhere near ready for the Edmonton Marathon in August (even though I’m only doing a 21.1K, then a 5K with Tina). The only silver lining is that spring Ultimate season is concluding…