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Elevation!!

7 Oct

Elevation!!

Here’s the chart from mapmyrun.com that displays elevation and grades from my little 9 mile hill run. For you mountain behemoths it’s nothing impressive but for me it was a kicker.

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Afternoon Trot in the City

3 Oct

Hey everyone!
So this afternoon, after a rather tedious chemistry lab at school, I decided to stop on the way home and run an easy 6. In case you are wondering, I always keep a pair of shoes, socks, and a few pairs of running shorts and shirts in my trunk in case I have the time to squeeze in a few miles. Today was the perfect chance. So, I parked downtown and ran an urban trail referred to as “the Creekwalk” that is approximately 2.5 miles long. After going down and back on the trail I added several more loops around the center of the city. After running most of my miles on back country roads and trails, being in the dead center of traffic (automobiles, bikes, and people!) was immensely entertaining. One gentleman happened to roll down his window and shout to me, “Fock yooooohh!” in a rather thick accent. I smiled back and kept on going, laughing to myself. I waved at many people (well
over a dozen) and only got two nods back. Apparently a dude in short shorts and sporty shades is too weird to wave back at. Who cares though, I smiled at them!

What I realized was this: no one cares who you are, or what you are doing, but as long as you care, the world will improve. The moment I take on a pessimistic approach to life, like many of the folks I blazed past on the sidewalks today do, I will see no beauty, no joy, no fun. So, it continues to be my mission to use running as just one avenue to express my inner peace and happiness to all I come in contact with.

Below is a not-so-interesting photo of one of the trail markers. :D

Cheers!

gda

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Early Morning Track Workout

1 Oct

While you were still sleeping, this crazy guy was out on the local high school track doing an intense Speedwork session. Not to say I was anticipating it with great joy, though: I had a dream right before waking in which I told a few people “I am supposed to run soon but I don’t want to and my legs hurt, so I won’t!” As it turns out my legs didn’t hurt and I did finish my track workout before 7 am.

Here’s a quick shot I took before I began.

Cheers!

gda

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Week Recap Sept. 23-29

30 Sep

Hey!

Had a great week of training!  Didn’t do as much volume as I would have liked, but did have several high quality runs that were more than satisfactory.

Monday: Squats and stretching (I am going to be doing squats, lunges, etc etc every monday and wednesday for increased injury prevention)

Tuesday: 8×400 at GRP (approx. 81 seconds each) with Wup & Cdn – Total 6 miles

Wednesday: Easy 6 (legs were sore from Monday and Tuesday)

Thursday: Easy 5 (A few more junk miles that ended up helping recovery a lot!)

Friday: 10 Mile technical trail run

Saturday: 21 Mile long run (Longest run to date!  Actually closer to 22…)

Sunday: Rest (Ran out of time to squeeze in a few miles despite my legs feeling great!)

So there ya have it!  As I said above, I was literally busy from morning to night yesterday and didn’t have a chance to run my final workout, so the total was 48 miles.  Three quality runs and a bunch of exercises and stretches in between.  Rest today as usual and back out tomorrow for a tough track workout.

I also made a few videos while out on the 21 miler.  I’ll hopefully have it edited and posted soon!

Cheers

Graham

 

Me and my sister after a tiring 10 mile trail run.  Good times!

Me and my sister after a tiring 10 mile trail run. Good times!

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Willow

26 Mar

My kitten, Willow, inspires me.  He is tiny, light, soft, agile, and never tires.  He sleeps much less than most cats, and yet never seems to get pooped.  He will chase and attack and play with things I never saw as more than just pen or pencil.  He has more curiosity than I’ve ever seen, and is extremely laid back.  By that I mean that, no matter how absorbed he is in his continuous frolicking, he is always cool with my scooping him up into my arms and giving him a hug.

He doesn’t have a care in the world.  Now that is something that we all could use!

Cheers

gdaWillow

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