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Saturday Stories

It is 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 balancing running when you have young kids.

Tips for runners entering their first long distance race.

A great story about Canada’s Rob Watson.

Why I Run

Since running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon last month I have managed to maintain a regular running schedule. With no races planned and no goals set for the rest of the year I wasn’t sure how easy or difficult it would be to maintain my regular schedule of 5-6 runs per week.

So far I have managed to accomplish that. The main reason is that I enjoy running primarily because it keeps me active and I feel better when I am running regularly. I have also mentioned on here before that, for me at least, running is the best way to unwind after a long or stressful day.

Now my running routine is helping in another way. With a new baby on the way anytime now it is hard to think of anything other than that. Going for a run is about the only time now when I can manage to think of something else.

Though I am not training for anything in particular right now, running as much as I do is serving a purpose. If anything it is helping me keep my sanity as we wait for the baby’s arrival. I’m sure those of you who have kids can understand the feeling.

Staying Close to Home

As I mentioned on here before my wife and I are expecting a new baby. With the baby’s arrival fast approaching my running plans have been adjusted accordingly so that I can get home quickly if I get a call from home while I am running. My phone is always close by in case that call comes while I am running.

As per my usual routine I have continued to run home from work in the evening when possible. The adjustment I have made is that I am sticking to the same route home from work. It is a more direct route home and keeps me close to main roads if I need to call for a taxi in order to get home shortly.

For about a week now I have also adjusted my runs from home. Not wanting to stray to far from home in case anything happens while I am out I have adjusted my running patterns by trying to stick close to home. I have been trying to keep myself no more than 2-3 km away from home while running.

I have managed to find myself a 4-5 loop in our neighbourhood that allows me to accomplish that. I have been using this loop for most of my runs from home lately. It works out well because two loops of the route allows me to get in an 8-10 km run while staying close to home at all times.

Until the baby arrives I plan to continue this routine since it allows me to continue running regularly while allowing me to get home quickly from a run if needed.