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Fall Running

This time of year might be the best time of the year for running. I find the weather is often ideal for running. It is still warm enough to run in shorts and despite the fact that I have had to break out long sleeve shirts a few times over the past week there are still occasions where it is warm enough to wear short sleeves. 

As I mentioned on here recently I am currently running without a training plan or goal until I start training for Boston in December. This is new for me because I have run an October or November marathon for the past 6 years. Instead of tapering for a run I am just running when I can and basing my pace on how I feel. 

The other benefit to running at this time of year is that it provides great opportunities to take photos during my runs..

Crowdsourcing a Training Plan


Since I’m not planning to run any more races this fall and my formal training for Boston doesn’t start until December – I now find myself without a goal to focus on for two months. 

I plan to keep running regularly because A) I enjoy it and B) it keeps me active. But I’m not quite sure what to do with myself over the next two months. Do I just run based on how I feel each day or do I try and keep it interesting by adding other elements such as speed work hill repeats?

I really don’t know what the answer is here. I want to keep running but I do not have a goal to focus on and that is what usually keeps me going. What I need now is some assistance to guide me in my approach to these next two months – so I’m hoping to crowdsource a few options. 

Drop in and leave a comment to let me know what you would do with a 2 month break. 

Saturday Stories


It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about running and beer.

A post highlighting Canadian marathoners Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet.

A post about knowing when to go hard and when to take it easy.

A 40 year old dad qualified for the Olympic marathon

Book Review: How Bad Do You Want It

While I was off work recently due to the birth of my youngest daughter I managed to finish a running related book. This book actually applies to all endurance sports but I was interested in how it could apply to marathon training.

I managed to read a good chunk of this book while I was rocking my daughter…

What drew me to this book was its focus on the mental aspect of training for an endurance sport. The mental aspect is an important part of training for and participating in endurance sports but this is the first book I read that focused on the mental aspect.

Each chapter tells a story about a different athlete and how there surmounted challenges they were faced with. I liked this approach because it made for a quick read and because I was not familiar with many of the athletes profiled in the book.

The other aspect I liked about the book is that it made me think about my own training. More than one of the stories made me think about ways I could improve my training and race preparation.

If you are into endurance sports I think this is a book worth reading.

Adjusting to a Newborn

I have not been running or posting much lately with the arrival of a newborn nearly two weeks ago. There has not been as much time for running as we adjust to the new arrival at home.

Fortunately I have been able to fit in some runs over that time to keep me active. Most of those runs have come late at night after the kids were asleep and before I shut down for the night.

Today I was fortunate enough to be able to get in a run during the day. It was a hot day, 30C (86F), but it was nice to get out during the day again. I also had a partner join me for the run…

10 km done w. My 3 yr old in the Chariot in the heat today #runningdad #running #instarunners #run613 #6run3

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Eventually I will get back into a more regular running routine once things at home have settled down a bit. I will be pacing the Army Run half-marathon in September once again this year.

For now I am enjoying something more important, spending time at home with my family.

What Next?


After coming off the high of running a marathon the first thing many runners tend to do is look to what their is or should be. I’ve certainly done that often, signing up for a fall marathon less than one week after running my spring marathon on more than one occasion.

This year is different for me. I’m not looking toward what my next goal is. I have a more important issue to look forward to right now, the arrival of a new baby within the next month. I will get back to running before that happens but it will just be running to stay active and running home from work in the evenings because I can. 

I will also get around to getting the Chariot out and take my 3 year for some runs. I haven’t taken her out yet this year, partly due to the cooler weather we had been experiencing here before the recent heat wave that affected Race Weekend. I need to make a point of getting out for more adventures with her before she gets too heavy to run with like her older sister. 

Beyond that I am not sure what I will get up to in terms of running over the summer. If I do end up doing any races they will likely end up being last minute decisions. I guess if you can I have a goal for the next little while it really is just to keep active and stay in shape so I continue my annual gig as a pace bunny in the Army Run half-marathon.