A rose by any other name…

A lot has happened since we last talked. I bought my running shoes, and some cold-weather running gear.  I know, I know. All I really needed was the running shoes, but my train of thought sort of derailed when I surmised that since I was not a fast runner, I should at least look the part. I purchased the RRX jacket and tights and the Brooks Glycerin 11 running shoes. Very comfy, and so far all have been holding up their end of the bargain.

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I figured too that looking the part also entailed talking the talk, so I also signed up for a 5 km fun run. Now I can tell people that I am going to be participating in a run. On the sign up page there was a question that asked if I was running or walking. I emphatically put running. Finally deciding that after all, I wear “running” shoes and “running” gear and more often than not, during the winter my nose “runs, so with all that reference to running around me, why should I not have the right to call my self a runner no matter the speed or lack thereof.  No offense to any joggers out there.

The run I signed up for is the Resolution Run in Quebec City. Don’t get me wrong; I am far from making any resolutions. In fact, I highly believe that any successes I have during my journey are directly related to the fact that I hadn’t made any resolutions. In other words, the making of a resolution is a sure-fire way to annihilate any ambitions you have towards self-improvement; of this I am positive. You want proof? Go to Google. There are over 4 million hits alone on ways not to land on the New Year’s Resolution fail heap. I do not intend to be included in one of those statistics.

What do you wear during your winter runs?

 

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Snowshoes

First day of snow in Quebec City. I always liked the first day of snow. It ranks right up there with all those other feel good days of the year.  I am hoping that by getting back into jogging, I will have many more feel good days ahead of me.

I haven’t gone jogging yet, but I can explain. I sorrily need new running shoes and until I go out and buy them, there will be no semblance of jogging done by me. Seeing that I have not partaken in any exercise in quite some time, I have decided to start my quest to the half marathon by walking. When I do finally get my running shoes, I will slowly advance to a walk/run strategy. I am sure this will entail more walking than running at beginning, but I think I have a lot of time to build my base. As it sits, my base has been often found relaxing on couch, in front of the television, with a bag of chips. 

I have not picked a first run that I want to participate in yet, but this is not a bad thing. If anything it will give me more time to train, and God only knows, any spare time tacked on to my training is definitely a good thing. The only things I know for sure right now is that my first training run will be a 5k. It will happen somewhere in Quebec and there will be snow on the ground. Hmmm… running in the snow. Perhaps I should be looking for snowshoes.

Just start without me

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Well, that’s what they say and who am I to argue with them. I profusely apologize for my absence for over 3 years. Yeah I know, that’s gotta’ be a record. I think when I started this, I ending up feeling a bit overwhelmed in trying to post as much and as often as I could. It became a chore I really did not like, so I just gave up.

And, that’s not all I gave up. Unfortunately, I also gave up on my jogging. The reasons for quitting jogging, I believe, have to do with the fact that I did not have any goal attached to my jogging. To jog just for the health benefits is not enough of a goal for me. Neither, unfortunately, is jogging just for the fun of it. So, shortly after the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, I quit. I believe that I am the type of person that needs a specific goal it keep me on the road.

I have always wanted to run a marathon… uhmm… no, that is not my goal. At least not right away. My intermediate goal is to run a half marathon. It is my hope that this goal will keep me on the road and focused on the bigger picture. So in the future if you see a delay with my posts, or perhaps you have noticed that I haven’t written about my training days, don’t worry, just start without me and I will be back sooner than you think. I promise.

Just as a side note, I will be posting at the very minimum once per week, so stay tuned.