The Daily EO: June 23rd, 2013

Emile and I went to the ScotiaBank 5K this weekend.  And it hurt me.  My butt is sore, my legs are sore, my shoulders.  My pride a little.  What seemed like something I should easily do, was really difficult.  But I did it.

June 23rd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:

Scotiabank Vancouver 5K:  Vancouver, British Columbia, June 23, 2013 (5K)

Emile Results:
Time:  26:14
Overall Finish:  99th
Gender Finish:  75th
Category Finish:  9th

Susan Results:
Time:  34:25 (weirdly tied with Chocolate Race Results)
Overall Finish:  517th
Gender Finish:  294th
Category Finish:  34th

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The Daily EO: June 19th, 2013

On Monday, Emile asked me if I wanted to do a 5K this weekend – his company would pay the entrance fee.   On Monday – as you’ll recall – I was being audited and feeling guilty about not answering my grandfather’s call.    So, I said, “What the hell?  Sign me up”.

June 19th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  This doesn’t seem like the best idea today.

The Daily EO: May 10th, 2013

Recently I attended an Operations Off Site Strategic Planning meeting.  This is a meeting where you go off site to plan your strategic direction – just in case you hadn’t figured that out from the name.  These meetings can be painful, are usually hot (hotels, please get your thermostat adjusted for goodness sakes) and usually involve a team building function of some sort.  Ours was not so bad – and I am not just saying that because my boss follows my blog.

During our meeting, our boss presented us each with headbands with a saying on it that she thought represented each of us on the team.  We had some laughs and posed for pictures.  Mine was to reflect my commitment to getting it done – and my challenge to the rest of my peers to move beyond obstacles.

Recently, I challenged myself to run/walk 130kms this month and I must tell you I am sorely off target.  As of late,  I am satisfied when I eat celery instead of chocolate.  Which is surprisingly often because I really like celery.  There is something about it so crunchy and yummy.  Anyways, off topic.

What I am trying to tell you is that I aimed high and I am missing the mark so far.   Phew.  I feel better already, confessing is always helpful.   But it is time to brush off excuses and get moving.   I promise myself I will pull myself together and get moving.  I am taking a couple of days off next week and I am going to run.  I am going to hike, I am going to eat celery despite the temptations of endless tapas.

May 10th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I’m going to do it.  Though part of me is thinking “What’s with the daffodil?”?

Look at those eyes.  They mean it.
Look at those eyes. They mean it.

Cumulative May Total = 26.8 kms

The Daily EO: May 1st, 2013

I’ve not participated in enough exercise to merit the results I got in the Sun Run.  When I looked up how fast I should have been able to run it based on my fitness level and training level, I got “the average time for runners to complete a 10K race generally falls between 75 and 80 minutes”.   Not only that, based on a bunch of internet “calculators”, etc, considering my best time on a 5K (running regularly), my time was pretty darn good for a 10K (um, also considering it was the second time *ever* I have run a 10K.)  considering the lack of training.  75 minutes is quick average and I feel pretty good about this.

So, I started thinking about what if I was actually training?  What the hell would I be able to pull off then?  Whoa.  I could be sub 1 hour.  That’s crazy talk I know, but . ..  hmmm. .   I wonder. . .

Aside here, am I the only one who 2 days after a race forgets the pain and only remembers the glory and starts looking for the next race?  Really, how many technical tees do I need?

Anyways, since I really hate May for many reasons – though the Spring melt is not a May problem here in Vancouver, loving that – I thought that I need to do some exercise and training.  So for the month of May, I am going to try to run every day (a min of 2 kms).   Today I started out with 4.6 kms (shortened from 5k only because I was distracted by a big event in Victory Park with police presence and torches, and flags, and ambulances!  I couldn’t take the long route home – I had to Check! This! Out!)

May 1st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  A challenge to keep my superstitious mind occupied, and my ass a little tauter.

May 1st:  4.6 km
May Cumulative:  4.6 kms

The Daily EO: April 22nd, 2013

The day after 10k that you weren’t prepared for is a tottering one.  Yes, you have that ground swell of pride and good feeling, but sitting down to pee is problematic.

Nonetheless, I still think it was worth it.

Ow.

No more water, Thanks.

April 22nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Knowing today’s pain is better than tomorrow’s will be.

The Daily EO: April 21st, 2013

Today was the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run – a 10k run through Vancouver’s downtown and Kitsilano areas.  I signed up about 30 days ago, certain that it would motivate me to get running and exercising.  It didn’t.  And since all I have been doing during the last week is blowing my nose or coughing, I was uncertain of my ability to join the run and actually make it through without stiffened sleeves due to . . . well, wiping my nose the whole time.  (sorry about the graphic image)

I was still toying with skipping when I awoke this morning, but cheapness and knowledge that I would regret not making it spurred me out of bed to the longest and hottest shower I could stand.  I took a Drixoral, ate some oatmeal and greek yogurt, had a sport drink (with caffeine), blew my nose for the 15th time that day, stuffed my pockets full of kleenex and hit the road.

I am glad I did.  I can’t explain what it feels like to walk from your house and see almost everyone around you sporting numbers indicating they are doing the same thing you are.   It’s like this weird sense of community that makes you say “Hey!  Me too!” to everyone.

I’ve only run a 10K once before and logged in about 1:22.  But I was determined that I was not going to break the rules of my colour which was runners between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.  Could I run that fast with my snotty nose slowing my pace?  My strategy was to make up a lot of time in the early part where most was downhill, then I could slow up and walk during the other portions.

I use an ap to track my pace and generally it is fairly accurate – it lets me know every 2 minutes and every 1/2 kilometer what my pace and time are.   So, as I bolted out of the starting gate – well, it felt like a bolt – I was blown away to hear after two minutes that I had a pace of 3 mins 40 seconds.  What?!  That’s crazy town.  Maybe I did bolt!  Look at me go!  Then as I passed the 2 km mark, my ap announced that I had moved 2.5 kms.  Sigh – little GPS problems somewhere I think.

The sport drink I had consumed earlier now wanted out, but I would be damned if I was going to wait in a line and hurt my time, so I held it for 8 kms.

False information, kleenex stops and full bladder aside, I pushed through and did feel a twinge – well, wave – of sadness passing the 5K mark where I usually would be finished.    Oh, god, I have to do the same distance again!

My left ankle hurts, my right shoulder hurts, my shins hurt, I have a headache, and I am starving (yes, weirdly I get hungry during and directly after exercise).  Surely, I can’t be too far now.  Oh, good, here’s the last bridge.

I have a rule in all races or runs I undertake – I have to run across the finish line or the end regardless of how I feel.  So, as I came down off Cambie Street bridge and could see the finish line in sight, I spurred my aching body on.  For the first time in my life, I felt nauseated due to exercise and I thought I was running on a sprained ankle.  I think I had a bit of a bladder accident too, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t going to cross the finish line running.

April 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:

The Vancouver Sun Run:  Vancouver, British Columbia, April 21st, 2013 (10K)

Emile Results:
Time:  1:01:24  (current personal best)
Gender Overall Finish:  9089th
Category Finish:  822th

Susan Results:
Time:  1:14:53  (current personal best)
Gender Overall Finish:  11535th
Category Finish:  1122th

And now for some sweet cream and rhubarb ice cream.

The Daily EO: March 30th, 2013

I walked from Yaletown to Gastown to get my nails done.  They convinced me not to go with the plain French manicure as I always do, but instead to do something different.  So I ended up with a French-like manicure with silver sparkles on it.  It might be too much.  I’m not sure, but I missed out on pretty sparkly nails and the like due to retardedness in all things pretty growing up.  So, I am catching up I supposed.  (and using the word retarded in the proper sense here – as in my progress in pretty things was retarded by lack of knowledge and confidence.  But do crimping irons count?  I was really into that!).

Emile walked down and joined me and we headed to South Granville to do some furniture shopping.  Afterall, I am still sleeping with a mattress on a mattress on a floor.  But did we buy anything? No – why?  Because we are cheap now.  I used to be a person who bought things when I wanted without concern – but Emile broke me.  Alas.

We then walked back from South Granville to Yaletown to look at my latest favorite shop – Cross Design.  Which inspired me for a new look in our living room – not new new, but new and fresh.  I’m tired of our things – it’s time for a change.  But yet am value conscious – see above – so could be trouble here.  I am thinking greys, whites, Provençal with a splash of red?  Hello, Craig’s List.

Bought berries in Yaletown and then back home to Gastown.

Dinner was with old friends – our next door neighbours when I was a kid – where we participated in a strange family tradition where our berries and cream were served before dinner.  “Uncle Rod” lived next door my entire life before I went to university.  He’s 81 now and a little balder and doesn’t see as well, but Uncle Rod was thrilled to see me after almost 10 years.

March 30th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  12+ kms, nails that sparkle in the sun and reconnection.