Racing for Training

19 02 2010

In April of 2009, I decided to run the Harry Spring Run-Off as my first serious race back. I actually had the chops to apply for elite status despite probably not being in the most elite shape. On race day, I was placed on the starting line next to running studs like Ryan Mackenzie and Jon Brown, Taylor Milne, etc.  It was a very cold day even for March, and so I rationalized or irrationalized depending on how you look at it, that the extra pounds I still had looming around well… “my ass mostly” would keep me warmer than my fitter and leaner competitors during the race. Upon reflection, I must have really been grasping for confidence based on my reasoning there.  I had never run the race before and didn’t know what to expect, but “pain” is usually a good guess. 

The course, as many of you know, is quite hilly.  I think it’s fair to say that if your not strong like bull this course will expose your shortcomings. Anyways, as expected Jon Browne won the race. I saw he was running really well at about 300m as he disappeared into the horizon. Truthfully though, my race went pretty well. I ran 25:49 and was somewhere around the top 10. The race had served its purpose. It got me excited about racing again, which also got me excited about training leading into the summer and this cross-country season.

Harry’s Spring run off 2009


Tampa Florida

12 02 2010

I am currently in Tampa, Florida staying with friends. Today, I was invited to speak to the athletes at Tampa Prep High School by the Head Coach. I spoke about the running community in Canada, races, times, my sponsor and club, as well as some of the good and bad times I encountered as a runner. On Saturday I will race in the 10km at the Suncoast Classic in St. Petersburg. It will be my first race of the season.

Square 1

8 02 2010

It was now January of 2009 and I was in my second week of training since I decided to make the comeback.  Week 1 equated to a grand total of 11 miles. On top of the stellar 11 miles I had run in week 1, my shins hurt, lungs burnt, and I felt hungry all the time.

 Later  in that second week I had to get signatures in order to have my passport renewed. My dad thought it would be a good idea if I obtained a signature from the old German Pastor whose church I had been forced into going to on special occasions when I was a kid. I phoned the Pastor and he agreed to sign the papers for the passport if I came by the church to get them signed.

The next day I went into the church to meet with the Pastor to get the papers signed. I was hoping to get in and out as quickly as possible, but the Pastor had another idea in mind. He asked me all about my life, and then continued on to assume I had gone astray somewhere. I told him I had made mistakes, but felt good about where I was today. I told him I was running again and I believed that this time around I could use the gift the way it was meant to be used. The Pastor said, Adam…This Running! “What is it you are running away from?”  Without any thought or hesitation I replied with ” It is not what I am running away from, it’s what I am running towards!”  The Pastor grumbled a bit, and seemed shocked by my quick response. Truthfully, I was just as shocked by my response. I had a certainty towards running that hadn’t existed before, and this “certainty” would help me get back into competing at a high level.

Entry #1: The (New)Beginning

7 02 2010

I have run competitively since the age of 15 and continued so up until 2007. In 2007, I had some trying experiences at the University of South Florida while working on my Masters Degree and running on the Track team. The issues in question were with the Coaches and their conduct, not with the team or university itself. I won’t go into great detail unless some individual’s feel it’s necessary.

Looking back on these experiences in 2009 and now 2010 ( Can you believe it!), I have learned to put it behind me and even inspire me to reach new levels. I accredit God for this “New Outlook”.  After a year away from the sport of long distance running in 2008 I realized that running was a lot more than a way to get chicks to think I am sexy fast.

I had performed well at the high school level and even pretty well at the College level, but mostly off of talent. The approach I took towards running was lackadaisical to say the least. In 2008, God who had reached out to me for years finally got through to me. I finally saw that running was only worthwhile if it was making me happy, bringing glory to God, and inspiring others. Running simply for myself wasn’t enough to help me reach my full potential.

I decided in January of 2009 that I would make a running comeback. There was a bit of a road block in the way though. I was no longer fit and lean. I had begun to lift weights and eat pizza by the dozens. I had gained 44 pounds. It was going to be a loooong way back to square 1……..

Hello world!

6 02 2010

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