Pain, struggle, effort, and shame. That pretty much sums up my first attempt to prepare myself for my nutty family’s plan to run a half-marathon/marathon together. That was decidedly not fun…
Still, it was a good feeling overall. I know I’m out of shape. I know I have a long, hard road ahead. And I know things will get better and easier, but not without a little suffering along the way.
10 things I learned today:
- Pavement sucks.
- Adidas MiCoach is pretty cool, but did have an inexplicable hiccup along my run now that I review the data (I ran 720km/h for 2 minutes?)
- I need to learn to run. Initially I was going to say learn to run at varying paces, but I have to be honest… I’ve always played sprint sports; I never learned to run.
- Heart rate monitors are cool
- As suspected, I should not run through puddles in my new Reeboks (vents straight through the sole)
- Lululemon running clothes are fantastic. What I’ve been using as my snowboarding base layer is really their fantastic long sleeve tech short. The matching shorts are very comfy too; love the built in compression shorts.
- Resourcing Pooling is cool (sorry, was in a Microsoft Project training class today, though I have little interesting in the field)
- Office snacking: Green tea (steeped for quite a while) with one milk and one sweetener is apparently how I like my tea, and Golden Oreos are almost as good as regular Oreos (which is to say, awesome)
- Avoid Wikipedia if you don’t want to spoil TV/movie adaptations for yourself. Don’t worry, I still ❤ you Game of Thrones (and am tempted to read the books)… Sean Bean should play Boromir/Ned Stark in every movie.
- Canadians are fed up with elections, Harper is doing a good job in many eyes (and votes), Jack Layton is tremendously charismatic, Ignatieff is (surprisingly) a gracious loser, and you have to wonder if separatism is dead…
Featured Photo by John Foxx