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. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.
Here are this week’s stories…
A post about how to deal with aches and pains.
A post about the running’s role in dealing with tough times.
Since I participated in the Toronto Waterfront marathon last weekend as a digital champion and shared my recap earlier this week I thought I would share recaps from some of my fellow digital champions that you can read here, here, here and here.
Last week was a bit of a setback in terms of overall mileage. For week two of my training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon I ended off the week with a total of 42.5 km. However, considering how busy the week ended up being in a way it was a good week in that I managed to get in five runs.
In terms of my runs last week, Sunday’s longer effort was limited to 10.5 km while my other runs were around 8 km with one of those shorter runs being at a more intense pace with some hill work involved.
In January after my father passed away I wrote about using running as therapy to deal with what was going on at the time. I experienced this again last week as we held a service for my father in his hometown. Once things had settled down and others were resting I got changed and went for a run.
It turned out to be one of my best runs in a long time. I took off from our motel at marathon pace and worked out my run so I ended up with a big hill, about a 120 foot drop according to my Garmin, at the halfway point. The end result was a 7.5 at an average pace of 4:27/km. To top it all off, I got back to the motel just as a thunderstorm was about to start.
Now my plan for this week is to get back on track in terms of mileage. That means getting back up to a weekly total of 60-70 km. I got myself started on that goal yesterday with a 10.5 km run.
As you can imagine from my last couple of posts, things did not go according to the plan for the rest of the month I posted on the 17th. Unfortunately my life took an unexpected turn the day after I made that post.
Since that day instead of focusing on pace or distance my runs have been more about getting outside and providing me with a an outlet to help deal with the unexpected loss of my father.
Tonight’s 8.5 km run pushed my monthly total to 160 km. While that is certainly nowhere the mileage I expected to do when I planned my training schedule for the month but I think that the fact I managed to get out for any runs over the last week and a half is a good thing.
Only this week am I start to think about training for races and running regularly. As mentioned last night, this week I am aiming for 50-60 km before I officially start my 16 week training program for May’s Ottawa Marathon next week.
As February starts I’ll be back to focused training which will provide me with an extra push when I run. At the same time I think running regularly will help me continue to deal with what happened this month as I know my father took pride in the fact that I started training for marathons.
I have not posted in five days now which is probably the longest I have gone without updating this site since I started it. Unfortunately I received some unexpected news last week and everything else has been on hold since. This is a post I never expected to write.
I have been able to get back to running the past two days. However, these runs were much different than my usual runs. The reason I have been offline lately is that I received news Wednesday that my father had suffered a stroke. Unfortunately he did not recover. As a result, I am hoping the runs I get in for the next little while will serve to provide me with a distraction that will help get me through the grieving period.
I’ve written before about how running helps me get over long and stressfull days at work and makes me feel better in general. Now I am learning that running can help deal with the loss of a loved one.
I can say that my runs the last two nights helped provide me with a healthy distraction from everything else that has been going on and they certainly helped me get some much needed sleep at night after a couple of really long days spent at the hospital.
Finally, while I’ll miss being able to tell him about my latest race plans I do know that my father was very proud of what I accomplished since I took up running. Sure he was surprised when I first told him I had started running regularly, some days it still surprises me, but he was always excited to hear about my latest race plans and the mileage I was running. That thought will also help me keep going.