Friday, April 27, 2012

run to you

George Costanza (Seinfeld) + The Wallet
"i'm gonna run to You
yeah, i'm gonna run to You
oh when the feelin's right i'm gonna run all night
i'm gonna run to You" (Bryan Adams - Run to You, 1984)

insane in the membrane, i just completed 11.15 Km run!  this is my second successful attempt at running a 10K.  who am i?  what just happened?

i have never been a runner, but i think, now, it is official, i am [a runner].  i love it.  i've mentioned running several times.  indeed, if i miss a run, a part of me dies.  i may be exaggeratting, ... slightly, but not by much - go read my Talk Test post.  after my knee surgery i was aching to get back into running, training, etc.  of course, i still enjoy badminton, squash, biking, and nice long walks on the beach.  however, today, i think i prefer running for excercise!  maybe it is the minimalist in me - put sneakers on, and go!  and so, today, i did, ... running my second 10K.  i love it.  my new goal?  why not?  how about a half-marathon, to follow my confrère!  i'm aiming for August 2012 (the summer of George, the summer of Fr. jsb!)

i remember two years ago, when this fad began, when i was running around AOLP, i could barely do 5K.  i would talk myself out of doing the excersie knowing that it would be difficult.  i ran once with the Running Room, and i was hooked.  however, i haven't been back, since their group runs are Wednesday nights - i have meetings, often, and of course, Sunday mornings - i'm already booked.  i started using their philosophy and it became my philosophy.  i even read the magazines and have a stupid looking hat for my head in the wintertime. i always wondered why those runners wore those, or did that.  and now, i know.  i don't think this is a fad anymore.

i meant to write about this a while back, but here it is.  this is the training i did for my first 10K (Christmas week, 2012), and my second 10K.  i started out with those 5Ks using 2:1s, then 3:1s, 4, and finally 5:1s.  i would run two minutes, walk one, and after two, three (four, five) weeks of that, would bump up to the next level.  i did my first 10K at 5:1s, and today, used 6:1s.  i searched online and adapted a program to fit my schedule.  here is a glimpse of a weekday cycle, simplified (give or take a meeting or two):
  • day 1:  rest.
  • day 2:  hard run (30min +)
  • day 3:  harder run (45min)
  • day 4:  light run (30min)
  • day 5:  rest.
  • day 6:  hardest run (45min+)
  • day 7:  light run (30min)
and there you have it.  i started training for my first 10K November 15, 2012, and 8 weeks later i was ready.  i also adapted the monthly cycle, then + now, to mimic the above:
  • week 1:  hard run
  • week 2:  harder run
  • week 3:  light run
  • week 4:  hardest run.
i've been training (coffee, ice cream, Sacraments, friendships, life, etc...) for over a month now, preparing for today (week four, hardest run).  i feel good, and plan to do a light run tomorrow.  so, that's it.  good times.  great times!  this also helped me cross off another goal of mine:  the 30min 5K.

oh, and why George + his wallet?  that's how i felt today while running!  you see, i still don't have an armband to carry my new uber cool phone - in fact, no one makes them yet, the phone is too new and too big to fit anything else.  i might as well carry my backsack and throw in my Dell desktop computer in it, the one i bought in 1832!  oh well, since it was cold out today (+4C), i wore a coat, which conveniently has a pocket made for my phone.  in the meantime, if you have any other ideas on how i can run with my phone as the temperature warms up, please let me know!

peace (my muscles are screaming for it)!

ps.  how about a new wallet?

6 comments:

  1. by the way, the picture is of George struggling to close his wallet, difficult because of everything that is in there!

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  2. We are soooo proud of you JSB! Way to go. I think u need to start doing some hills in preparation for that half-marathon. You can do it!!!

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  3. Thanks. Indeed i read something about hills last week. I might try that next week.

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  4. You are a Seinfield fan?? Do you have a favourite character? I have a hard time choosing between Kramer, George or George's dad. I love that show and still haven't got sick of watching the repeats yet. Good luck with the running!

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  5. wow, mabye i should check my comments more often! indeed, i love that show - still try to catch one or two episodes a week. i like the Fab Four, indeed. however, Newman is pretty high up there for me too.

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