Saturday, April 19, 2008

?!? Snow in April

It's tough to believe but it actually snowed here yesterday! It's almost May... Now this might not be unusual in Boston or Montreal but this is the Pacific northwest we are talking about. Today's run (20.5 miles) was in the the midst of some freezing rain and wind. It wasn't too bad since I was dressed right. The conditions provided quite a contrast to last week's long run.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Copper mountain - altitude running woes

I've not been blogging much about my running lately because most of it can be described by two words - "Same old".

Last Saturday, after getting in my 20 miler I headed for a vacation at Copper Mountain, Colorado. I knew the elevation (9700 ft) would have some effect on my running but I could not have imagined what would actually happen. After just 10 minutes of running at a very slow pace I felt almost suffocated. My 8 mile run was perhaps one of the most difficult runs in my life. The next day when the same thing happened I decided to give up on trying to running at Copper - it was not worth suffering through my vacation. My 22 miler today restored my confidence in my ability to run - all I needed was some more Oxygen. Interestingly, I spent 8 years growing up at an altitude of 7000ft. Clearly, I've retained no advantage from my days there... If I ever do run the Pike's peak marathon I will definitely have to do some altitude training.

Amazing sighting: On my way back from my long with the group today, I saw about 20 Corvettes of different colors driving one after the other. It must have been a dealer getting a new shipment or perhaps a Corvette club ...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Runner gets homeless on right track

Nice article

The runners are diverse -- doctors, janitors, students and shelter residents -- but such distinctions aren't apparent.

"All you can tell is who's the fastest," says Mahlum. "You can't tell who's homeless and who's not."

Runners greet each other with hugs and words of encouragement. While members say they've lost weight, quit smoking and have more energy, Mahlum believes they're also learning important life skills such as discipline and goal-setting that can help them get on the road to self-sufficiency.

"Running really is a metaphor for life," she says. "There is always another mile. You just have to take it one step at a time."

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