A little more than usual going on around here for me.
Richard Mosley & I did a Q&A at the Runner’s Den in Port Moody with their marathon training group last night. People had lots of good questions and even educated me on a few things related to the marathon. I don’t often get asked to do things like this, but when I do I always enjoy it. It’s good to get a different perspective on the sport and see people of all abilities who have such great enthusiasm for the sport and are eager to absorb your knowledge and get faster.
It was also announced that I have committed to running the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16th. There is a good write-up here. I was sort of hoping to keep a ‘low profile’ and let the Speed River guys get all the media attention. But, I guess that was wishful thinking! Regardless I am really looking forward to the race. It will be my 5th marathon. Hard to believe I’ve run that many. I sort of feel like CIM was my first. I think it’s always hard to bounce back after a breakthrough and have another breakthrough the next time out. But, I think waiting ’til the fall is going to make the possibility of hitting the AC/COC Olympic Standard that much better. And although the article states it’s hard for me to view the competition as competition…….well, I guess I’ll have to learn ’cause it’s going to be a great battle, and I know everyone will bring their best on the day.
The nasty weather (i.e. 3-4 degrees, windy, and raining) seems to have past here, which made for a much more enjoyable experience on the track this week compared to last. I did some change of pace stuff, and Rich had me convince myself that 4:45/mile pace was ‘floating’. We’ll see if I am floating along at that pace come mile 10 in NYC in 10 days. I know I won’t be throwing any 62-63 sec 400’s in the mix (like I was on Tuesday), but it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the guys in the race do.
First up for me, prior to the Half in NYC, is a 5k road race here in Vancouver – The St.Patrick’s Day 5k at Stanley Pk on Saturday. This is going to be a goodrust-buster for me and again I will try to prepare for the fast pace that I’ll have to run at the NYC Half. I ran the St.Patty’s 5k last year when I came out to Vancouver from Ontario for a little racing and training, and I had a good experience at the race. Perhaps most memorable of all was the post-race festivities. I did a post-race workout (ala Al Sals crew) last year and probably didn’t get to the Rugby house (where the awards and festivities were taking place) until about an hour after I finished the race. But, apparently that was plenty of time for the rest of the race participants to get in a jovial mood! If you’re in Vancouver and looking for something to do on Saturday morning you should come watch or cheer us on and stick around afterwards. Or, at the very least, if your in the Park doing your own thing, please get out of the way for the race 🙂