Running

I started running to lose some weight before my wedding in 2012. Since then I have gone from running a couple of blocks to 20k in one stretch. I am not that fast but I do find it to be very good exercise, a challenge and like to enter a few races a year to test my progress.

Personal Bests (on record)

Metric Distance Time Date
Fastest 1km 4:37 June 21, 2013
Fastest 1mile (1.62km) 7:34 April 17, 2013
Fastest 2km 9:34 April 17, 2013
Fastest 3km 14:50 October 4, 2013
Fastest 5km 25:07 May 18, 2016
Fastest 10km 55:00 May 25th, 2014
Fastest 15km 1:27:00 May 31st, 2015
Fastest 21.1km 2:01:47 May 31st, 2015
Longest 23.0km 2:28:00 September 9th, 2014

Race Results

Event Date Distance Time Place
Queen City Marathon September 13th, 2015 21.1k 2:18:04 988/2299
Saskatchewan Marathon May 31st, 2015 21.1k 2:01:47 429/957
Mogathon September 20, 2014 21.1k 2:02:57 89/160
Saskatchewan Marathon May 25th, 2014 10k 55:00 203/1021
Saskatoon Police Run April 27, 2014 10k 55:08 61/111
Mogathon September 28th, 2013 10k 55:10 ?
Saskatchewan Marathon May 26th, 2013 10k 1:00:31 543/1097

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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.

 

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.

 

2013 Mogathon 10k in 55min


On Saturday, September 28th I ran the 10k event of the 2013 Saskatoon Mogathon in 55:10 which is over 5 minutes faster than at my previous 10k event in May.

 

2013 Sask Marathon Result


Brian Danchilla crossing 2013 Saskatchewan Marathon 10k Finish Line

On May 26th I ran the 10k event of the 2013 Saskatchewan Marathon in 1:00:31, finishing 543rd of 1097 runners that finished the race.

 

Jogging Update


Jogger

Last fall I started running and decided to challenge myself by aiming to compete in a 10k event at the end of this May.

 

Jogging


With Tressa and I's wedding only a few days away, there is a lot of last minute stuff that needs to be done and a lot of attached stressers. One of the nice tension reliefs I've recently found is jogging.

A few months ago we started a "couch to 5k" program with our friends Nick and Kendra. Each successive run builds upon the previous and becomes a little tougher. I am happy to report that I am on the last week of the program and am up to being able to run 30 minutes and around 4.5 km at once. My short term goal is to improve my pace to 5k within the 30 minutes. My long term goal is to run a 10k event in May.

I didn't realize how much of a total body workout running is. I feel much better from it. The only downside is how tough it can be on my joints especially my ankle which has been badly swollen/sprained since our summer trip to Cuba. After the wedding I figure I'll let it recouperate a little.