Right now, here I am sitting at my dining room table blogging away.
Just a short while ago, I was in this very same spot enjoying two boiled eggs and toast with honey. It was delicious. I had built up quite an appetite after this morning’s run!
Following my ‘late breakfast feast’, I got my MacBook Pro out and was about to start updating my blog when my dear wife Marjory reminded me that I needed to go quickly and take our son to his Wednesday afternoon Challenge program class.
Once our little lad had been safely delivered to his afternoon class, I did a quick side trip to Starbucks and then returned home. Now I am back here at the table with a tasty looking non-fat latte close at hand, ready to tell you today’s running tale. So let the blogging begin!
First of all, I am very pleased to let you know that my brand new North Face jacket that I purchased yesterday performed exceptionally well on it’s first test run today. It’s certainly very breathable but when the temperature really goes up quickly, you can always activate the pit zips; they open easily and work great!
It did not rain more than a few drops this morning, but when it did, the water just beaded right off the new jacket, no problem at all. All in all, I am very happy with my purchase. It will work well for my running and also for walking, hiking and snow-shoing, I’m sure.
As for my run this morning, it was the usual routine for me. I dropped the kids at school and then headed for the trail. As I was telling my friend Kathryn as we walked from the school to our cars together, I really had no plan for where I would run first this morning.
I drove off and almost went down the hill to Port Moody, but changed my mind at the last moment and headed the opposite way towards Mundy Park. On the way, I swung by Como Lake to get a photo to post for you on last Thursday’s run. The lake was a bit more misty today but still quite beautiful.
After parking up the car at the park entrance, I remembered something exciting for today’s run. I have a new app loaded up on my iPhone 5 called Strava Run that will track the stats from my run using GPS. The fellow at the Atmosphere store that helped me with my new jacket yesterday recommended it to me. I go to Atmosphere so much for hiking, camping and running gear that I have got to know this fellow quite well and we usually chat about something to do with ‘getting out there’ while I’m there.
As I was about to take off on the trail this morning, I decided to put on some music for the journey. I went with musica intima’s ‘Into Light’ again, just because it’s awesome.
Then I clicked on Strava Run and pressed the start button. How exciting, I thought. This great little app and my amazing new iPhone 5 are communicating with a GPS satellite and together they track my running distance and time and calculate my average pace. The app probably does a lot of other things with the data that I will be able to explore when I have finished my run and have more time. Can’t wait!
With all of that technology stuff done, I headed off down Perimeter Trail to enjoy the simplicity that is running. Similar to last Sunday’s long run, I soon noticed that I was feeling quite a bit stronger when I am running. I now manage to maintain a respectable pace and do not feel laboured and desperate for breath. This is a good thing, I thought as I powered up the first long hill on the route.
I soon noticed that there were lots of unleashed dogs on the trail. Mundy Park is a designated off-leash dog area until 10am each day so I am no stranger to running through large excited packs of dogs. However, this was a lot more than usual but they were all too busy socializing to notice me.
I was feeling so good that before I knew it, I was back at the parking lot and feeling great. I remembered to stop the Strava Run app but really didn’t look at it. Then I started my ‘slightly expended’ version of the chronic pain workshop’s Moving Easy Program. As I was finishing the last stretch, who should come up the trail but Kathryn from school along with a friend and their two dogs.
We said hi and I excitedly showed them my new Strava Run app. It worked beautifully but I was quite surprised to see that the Perimeter Trail route is only 4.1K. I thought that it was close to 5K. My time was 28:56 at an average pace of 6:58 minutes per km, which seemed okay. It certainly felt okay which is the main thing.
I guess that was just confirmation of something that I have known for a few weeks. I need to find some new longer routes either in the park or elsewhere. The park should offer something. After all, there are lots of different trails in Mundy Park and they are all beautiful. I will try and devise some longer runs there before my next run in the park. Otherwise I will just ‘wing it’ which would be okay!
As for my runs at Rocky Point Trail, well, I simply have to run beyond Old Orchard Park. I know this from my long training that I did for my last marathon, about 5 years ago now.
For those of you that might know the area, I would run from where I used to live at Lougheed Road and North Road, up and over Burnaby Mountain and down into Port Moody. Then along the Rocky Point Trail past Old Orchard and all the way out to Belcarra.. and then back the same route home. That run is about 32kms and would take me about 3 hours. Oh, those were the days!
As for right now, given what I have been through for the past 2 years of rehabilitation for my brain injury and concussion, I am very pleased with what I am able to accomplish.
Right now, I am really looking forward to running the Vancouver Half Marathon in May!