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December 27th

Christmas Redux

Well, another yuletide has come and gone... and once again it was a wonderful time. Meghan came to Belleville with me for my grandparent's annual xmas-eve-eve fondue complete with the recently annual family produced game. This year Meghan and I came up with the game, a relatively simple affair that saw two teams compete for Snowman parts by way of answering/completing trivia questions/challenges. It was as always a lot of fun. :)

Saturday I put Meghan on the train back to Ottawa, after we completed our xmas exchange. :) Meghan got me a hammock (very cool!) for my deck and a year's subscription to the Saturday Globe & Mail! I'm so excited about spending Saturday mornings reading the paper while drinking orange juice! :D Then it was off to pick up a few things for my mom, a shortened run, and then a trip to my grandparents again for Xmas Eve dinner (the typical buffet of appetizers - coined a pick-around by yours truly way back when I was a wee gaffer).

December 24th

Cheaping Out on Xmas Eve

Well, I ran today, but not as far as I was supposed to. I went out for an hour and ran 5.5 miles, instead of the 10 I was supposed to run. It was warm out, but still slushy and gross, though those shouldn't be used as excuses. I simply didn't feel like running and so feel fairly good that I did what I did. :)

December 8th

If they replace the Ontario Driver's license...

... can they at least make sure to put the expiration date on the front of the card.... Just a personal preference. Article.

December 4th

Stepback Week

So, ran a nice 7 miles with Kev and Steve on Saturday. We ran a route that I mapped out that took us from my place over to the Ottawa River, up it to Woodruffe, over to Byron and then back home.

The run was pretty good, though I certainly didn't do as well as both Kev and Steve, the wind on the run up the river was brutal for me.

November 26th

10 Mile Run

So, went out and ran my 10 mile run (From Hal's plan of course) to end off week 5 of training.  For those not keeping up to date with Smithdm3.com news, I'm in the midst of training to run the National Capital Marathon in May of 2006.  I had a new running partner today, and actually ran outside for my 10 miles in the snow.  Steve, who is an avid adventure racer ran with me. Needless to say, I was very leery of a.) running 10 miles (16k is my farthest run for sure even though I ran 14.4k last Saturday); b.) running outside in the snow (the treadmill is pretty easy though certainly not as fun as running with someone else) and c.) running with Steve since he's in uber good shape.  Anyway, all three things went well... I had hoped to be done in an hour, 40 minutes or so after having run my 9 miles indoor on the treadmill in 85 minutes, but it took us a bit longer at 1 hour, 51 minutes. That being said, I felt comfortable throughout the entire run and didn't feel completely drained at the end.  Steve did a great job of not running me into the ground (thanks!) and of getting me prepped for the long run with the right clothes, hydration and even a gel to give me a boost on the way back!  I'm certainly past the "I hate running" stage now I think...  

November 19th

9 miles eh?

Wow... that wasn't as bad as I had thought it was going to be. Seriously, I was dreading it all week and this morning was finally the time. I was a bit delayed in starting as my lovely girlfriend called as I was about to exit the house, but that was more than okay - I miss her so much that it is like music to my ears to hear her :D

After I got off the phone with Meghan I made my way to the Nortel to gym to begin what I figured was going to be a brutal hour and a half odyssey. I had planned on trying to do my 9 miles in that amount of time using 20 and 1s as long as I could (20 minutes running, 1 minute walking, repeat...) and then resort to the more common 10 and 1s. I was feeling really good through the first half, and managed to string together three 20 and 1s before I backed off and did a 10 and 1 before bringing it home. I finished in about 85 minutes, though I can't be entirely sure as I had to reset the treadmill after 60 minutes (silly gym maximum). But I had done 6.5 miles in the first hour (that was my pace) and then finished up with another 2.5 miles in about 24 minutes. Then I did a back/bicep workout... as Meg would say... CRAZY!

Congrats to Jenn & Darren

Wow, they're engaged! My sister will follow in my brother's footsteps and get married before me. Why not, they both owned houses before me :) I just do things a little slower I guess :D

I'm ecstatic for them, I know there had been plenty of talk about a wedding next summer and now it's on!

Congratulations to both of you! I couldn't be happier for you!

November 12th

Week 3 of Running Complete

Well, while I didn't post last week, I have been (mostly) keeping up with my running. After doing all three runs the first week (though the long run that week - 6 miles - involved lots of walking), I missed the long run in week 2 (bad me, that was 7 miles... :( ). This week I got it all in, though I had to play a bit with the schedule. I ran 3 miles (no walking!) on Tuesday on a hotel treadmill in Minneapolis, then didn't run Wednesday since I spent a lot of time at a customer site, then in the office, then in airports and airplanes. Anyway, I made up for that by doing my 4 mile (Wednesday runs went up this week, I think I took one walking break between mile 3 and mile 4) on Thursday after a workout, then 3 miles (one walk) after a leg workout (that was hard!) last night.

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