May 23, 2015

My Spring 2015 Training Plan: Foundation & Injury Prevention Phase (revised)

Change of Plans

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I love making plans. For whatever reason, I feel sad whenever my plans change. But, a change in the plan is just an opportunity to do more planning. NEW GYM The first big change is that I have committed to a 1-year membership with Goodlife Fitness. I’ve been debating switching gyms for a while. I was debating between staying with the City of Mississauga Parks and Recreation fitness clubs or switching to Goodlife Fitness. My trainer with the City has “retired” from doing personal training, so that kind of sealed my decision to switch to Goodlife. I got a nice[…continue reading]



May 21, 2015

My Gymboss interval timer. Evil little device that also works as a great stopwatch to keep me from resting too much between sets

Strength Training Routine

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My injury at the end of January kind of forced me to go back to the gym, which was really good for me. I look back on my most successful seasons and I realize that those seasons were highlighted with a lot of strength training. So, it’s important to me to get back into the gym in a serious way. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share my current strength training routine that was developed by my most recent trainer, Matt Kudu. To most gym rats, this will look like rather light weights. But my goal is lean muscle,[…continue reading]



May 18, 2015

My Spring 2015 Training Plan: Foundation & Injury Phase

Spring 2015 Training Plan: Foundation & Injury Prevention

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After almost going stir-crazy resting for two weeks after the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon, I’m done reflecting and ready to start training again. I have a lot of work to do if I want to make a good showing at the New York Marathon this fall. I’ve based this program as an amalgamation of a Jack Daniel’s plan and the Running Room Plan. The first 6 weeks is base building, or as Dr. Daniel’s puts it, “Foundation & Injury Prevention.” I started last summer with a similar program. I found it really helped me get strong and build a fantastic base.[…continue reading]



May 15, 2015

"RUNNING WITHOUT OBSTACLES IS JUST BORING." #WHYIRACE

I Registered for the Toronto Sprint Spartan Race

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I have mentioned that I’m leery of “mud” and “adventure” races. Even the Color Run I did last year was quite out of my comfort zone. But, fate has an interesting way of throwing such discomfort in your face. This week, the ever-lovely Nicole posted a contest on her blog that included a giveaway for an entry to a Spartan Run. And much to my own chagrin, I won. My first reaction was to politely decline the entry and ask her to give it to someone else. I didn’t want to blow a whole Saturday during cottage season. But then I[…continue reading]



May 13, 2015

Detail of this season's medals added to my collection

2015 Winter Season Review

Humbling: That’s the best word to describe how I feel after the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon. The season started WAY back in November right after the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half-marathon and I went straight into leading a half-marathon clinic. I had delusions of grandeur of achieving amazing things by following a Jack Daniels’ training program. But, it was a cold winter and it was difficult to run fast. And I had a video games relapse in December where I played too much and slept and exercised too little. And then I got injured in February. Then disappeared on[…continue reading]