Happy Half-Marathon Time

My friend Vince and I finished the Saskatoon Mogathon half-marathon on Saturday September 20th in a time of 2:02:57. This is a pace of 5:50 a kilometer. I was really happy with the result and felt good afterwards. Tressa commented that last year after the 10k race I looked like I was dying, so I guess my core health has improved a lot in a year : ).

Vince, who has ran a few marathons, could have finished the race in a faster time but he stayed at my pace which was a classy move : ). Stay classy San Diego.


Much faster half marathon time

I went out again on Tuesday night and ran 21.1k in a very respectable 2:11:30ish (my GPS acted up the first few kilometers, so had to estimate. I believe it is accurate to +/- one minute). Just over a week before I ran the distance in 2:35:00.

The time difference was over a minute a kilometer faster. How was this possible? I attribute part of it to talking during the previous run. In addition to slowing us down, I think it was a great workout because breathing is much easier when you no longer are huffing and puffing to speak. Another part is that I knew I could do the distance and my body was that much stronger. A last factor is that once my 10k/15k times were known to be good, I pushed myself that much more to finish strong.

I was very happy with the result. Then I was very stiff for about an hour. I did not think I could eat solid food for about three hours (after drinking a shake and a bunch of water). My body thought it was under attack and I had chills and then fever for about two hours. When the fever was gone, my core felt much hotter than usual until the next morning. I was noticeably sluggish the entire next day but feel great again now.

So clearly I pushed myself a little too far, or maybe just enough - after all I did not vomit (and never have from running) or feel sick for more than a few hours. I also remember feeling this way after a 10k race last year and now I never feel strange after 10k. Hopefully, my body will be more used to this the next time I go out.


Meisha at a year and a half

Our dog Meisha is a little over eighteen months old now and always waits to greet Tressa home from work as seen in the first picture. The second picture is funny because Meisha knows that she is not allowed to go on the couch, but gets around the issue by going on us from time to time. She also has crossed her paws which looks very pseudo ladylike.


Disney Land, San Diego Zoo

Here are a couple of pictures from the summer trip Tressa and I took to California. The first one is of us on a Disneyland ride and the second is of the gorillas we saw at the zoo.


Reached my first half-marathon distance : )

I am entering the half-marathon event in a few weeks in the Saskatoon Mogathon. This will be my first race at this distance. Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing my long runs with my friend Vince - who has ran some marathons - which has been a welcome way to livin up what can otherwise be a long, boring run.

I am happy to say that two nights ago I completed the 21.1km (13.1 mile) distance for the first time. Though it was a slow time - over 2:35 - it was great to accomplish the feat.


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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:

Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange

It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man

Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...

...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters

The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.


nick cave-midnight man

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The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

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