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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Well there's no sugar-coating it anymore; my time is at hand. On Thursday evening I take all my stuff on a plane as we fly together to our date with desiny. My stuff and I. Regarding this stuff, my family and I took that trip finally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Two and a half weeks to go, I'm well into my tapering phase, and I feel just about ready to go. This despite the fact that I haven't trained quite as much as some of my colleagues, who variously report engaging in such activities as multiple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Thursday, September 8, 2011 I wrote before about finding inspiration in the sight of a person working hard. Hammering away now with my heavy bag and barely three weeks to go until the race of my life, it occurs to me that I am now that person. If not inspiring,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Tuesday, August 30, 2011 I read once that in a footrace, a horse will beat a human over a short distance, but that the human will win a marathon. I always wondered whether this could be true, given that in western movies, horses seem to take cowboys long... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Monday, August 22, 2011 Another week gone, which means fewer than six to go. I continue to run with my pack in the neighbourhood, and still feel healthy and good to go. At this point my main objective is to avoid injury, so I am listening well to my body,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Endurance footraces require some pretty specialized equipment. Here I lay eyes for the first time on an ultralight backpack, gaiters, and a blister kit. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Monday, August 15, 2011 Plugging away with barely six weeks to go, and I was inspired today to see an old man in the park running in a sweater, with leg weights on under big thick socks. It always lifts my spirits to see people working hard, especially when they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Less than two months to go until the race starts, and I'm happy to report that my training continues to go well, I remain injury-free, and I am sweating less. Though I haven't yet run a marathon, I for some reason believe I now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Monday, July 18, 2011 I'm back on after a bit of a layoff that started with a stomach upset a couple of weeks back. As previously noted, the most difficult thing about continuing on with a tough objective (in my case, adopting the lifestyle and generally good habits... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Thursday, June 23, 2011 I had ambitions to run a great distance in the woods two weekends ago, and even packed my shoes and shorts. However, when I arrived for my buddy's second annual "No" Father's Day weekend (all dads), I weakly elected instead to drink bottled caesars... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Thursday, June 9, 2011 I went to farm country this past weekend, and took a run around the block. Here's my dog worrying the cows (you can see him resting in the grass): It was almost 10k, this block, which took me up to 30k on the week.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Tuesday, May 31, 2011 My planned 10k on Friday actually came in at just under 8k, again a rainy treadmill day. On the plus side, this was my longest run yet indoors, and because it gets hot in that little laundry room, I got a good sweat on...... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Thursday, May 26, 2011 I came down with a nasty head cold the moment I hit "save" on that last blog post, so it turns out I didn't get to put in the missing 25k. On the plus side, I did manage to get a little exercise, though... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Thursday, May 19, 2011 Long weekend coming up, and that usually means a tougher-than-usual time with training. However, we're sending the kids out of town with their grandmother, so my usual rationale for avoiding a run - tired from raising kids - won't apply, at least for a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Monday, May 16, 2011 Here are those cherry blossoms I mentioned last time: Work-life balance wise, I continue to find that the only way I can fit runs into my life is by getting up at the crack of dawn, but as previously reported this has been going... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Get Inspired
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 Gavin writes... Monday, May 9, 2011 Here's a cautionary tale, in light of my last post. Though it's miraculous to feel yourself getting accustomed to exercise and springing out of bed days in a row to take care of business, the situation can reverse itself pretty easily as well...... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Wednesday, May 4, 2011 I was just reading through Mariska's revelatory post and thought I'd share a small revelation of my own. First, I took yesterday off as promised, but jumped right back in with six circuits on the stairs this morning. AND, instead of stopping at the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Monday, May 2, 2011 More stairs on Thursday last week... I think I took Friday off. Anyway, I think it must be legit exercise because when it's time to go at 6am the dog is nowhere to be found. Here he is chasing me up those stairs: Saturday... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Training session with Phil was killer. He reiterated that strength training is at least as important as running, and took us through a mild version of box jumps/kettle bell lifts/squats with vertical medicine ball throws/walking lunges with medicine ball/400 meter runs, REPEAT, to hammer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Tuesday, April 19, 2011 On a week-old hunch I took a spirit level to my treadmill this morning and found out that it was sloping to the left. The unit is situated on the left side of a cantilevered floor in an old second-storey addition of my house,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Saturday, April 16, 2011 I shopped around a gloomy fantasy last week that my sore hip was an early sign of osteoarthritis, and imagined a team (yes, a whole team!) of doctors telling me "your running days are done". Nobody bought it though, as it seems this kind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Get Inspired
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Gavin writes... Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Discovered a new treadmill workout this morning: the 45-minute cross fit. I had avoided this one before because it requires choosing a walking speed as well as a running speed, and I figured I didn't want to walk. However, with a bum hip from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Get Inspired
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