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Las Vegas Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Back from Vegas! I had fun and it was definitely an experience!

Travel - there and back was flawless, and oddly stress free (I used to travel for work for a living - for a while there the word "Airport" gave me panic attacks lol), but we had no real lineups, no problems at either US or Canadian customs and all our bags made it where there were supposed to be.

Hotel - Luxor - Decent, was impressed at first, but then as I saw other hotels/casinos I was kinda meh on it, found ourselves spending most of our time at the Excalibur or beyond. No real complaints, but would probably try something else next time. Really close to race start, so that was a serious PLUS.

Food - Had a really great (and reasonably priced) post race steak and beer that the Steakhouse of Camelot at the Excalibur, otherwise none of the places we ate really stood out. We had a big Lunch at the Luxor with some Sparkers, 20 or so of them from all over the country, and then a dinner with some fellow Running Room buddies from Calgary.

Race - Finished in 2:35:01, not bad considering I haven't ran more than 10k since October. I actually felt pretty good most of the race, just wish I was better prepared :) Nice big shiny Medal, great shirt, and a beer at the finish :D, oh I guess there was a concert too, but Penny can tell ya all about that.

Shows/Entertainment - We hit up The Tournament of Kings, which I really enjoyed. I got an ENTIRE chicken to myself (ok, ok, it was a cornish game hen and the size of my fist... but it was MINE, all MINE) hehe... We also hit up Bodies, which was interesting, Shark Reef, which was kinda cool, and CSI: The Experience, which is kinda fun.

All in all a great trip, glad I went, but it sure is nice to be home :)

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RUNNINGWILD 8/16/2012 12:32AM

    I was just thinking about this.... we should do this one again in 2013.

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My first 22k - Melissa's Road Race - Banff, AB

Monday, September 27, 2010

So just a quick blog to tell everyone how my first 22k run went.

Previous to this past Saturday I have only ever ran 18k, twice. My goal race for my current 1/2 Marathon Training Clinic is technically Victoria, on October 10th. Way back in February, or whenever the registration for Melissa's was, I had intended to sign up for the 10k run, as I had heard it was lots of fun, (read: free beer at the finish). Now its is a very very popular race and it sells out in minutes, or an hour or so, something like that. Was having no luck trying to get online on the computer so I tried to register with my blackberry, lots of timeout and fat fingers later, I find I am registered for the 10k AND the 22k. Remember at this point, I don't think I had ever even ran 10km.

The nice part of Melissa's is that they are really good at letting people buy and sell and exchange bibs, so I wasn't worried about getting rid of the 22km bib. I pretty much just forgot about it as the race wasn't until September 25th.

Fast forward to September and I find myself in a 1/2 Marathon clinic AND I find that the weekend that the 22k race is, is also a 20km LSD training run.

So my logic goes something like this: If I run the 10k on Saturday, I have to run a 20km LSD on Sunday, for a total of 30km over 2 days. Now if I run the 22km race on Saturday, I can call it my LSD and save myself 8km. So out of pure and simple laziness I ran 22km on Saturday.

I finished the race with a chip time of 2:40:35, and since my target for this race, as I wasn't going to push too much (hah!) was 2:45, I am super happy with my time. I had a really strong first 10km (tying my record 10km time ~ 1:07:00) and even felt really good til about the 18km mark. At this point it was all new territory, and the course was 1km uphill, 1 km downhill, 1 km up, 1 km down for the remainder, which I had to dig really deep for. I ran my 10:1's (run/walk) for the entire race, no more, or less. BUT the last 3km I did walk through the water stations as I was out and wanted the little 15second walk breaks, oh and some water, LOL.

Anyway, DONE, DONE, DONE! Next up Victoria :)

Oh and did I mention the free beer? I got my 2, one from Penny and I think a 4th... I don't remember, kinda sad huh? Well worth it, I can't wait to kill my time next year ;)


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SAMMYSWEETPEA 9/28/2010 1:14PM

    Explain to me again how you ran 22k out of laziness? Sounds like some crazy "boy logic" to me. lol

Good job Paul!

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RUNNINGWILD 9/27/2010 10:00PM

    Does your running instructor know of your laziness? emoticon

You did good honey. Very good. I'm proud of you.

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BOBBYD31 9/27/2010 5:25PM

    nice run paul! maybe it was karma that you signed up for the 10 and the 22 by accident. guess we'll meet up at HTC next year.

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GEOGIRL 9/27/2010 4:28PM

  Awesome! So glad it was a positive experience for you! I really wish I hadn't sold my bib but I've learned my lesson and I'll be there next year :)

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May Re-Cap, Calgary Marathon 10k, and whats next

Monday, May 31, 2010

Just a quick recap of May. Things have been going fairly well, not sure of my weight at this moment, but I was down to 232 last week, which is inching closer and closer to where I want to be.

Pacing this 10k Clinic has been wonderful and painful at the same time. I really love to help and inspire people, but I also want to meet my goals. I haven't been putting up the mileage I would have liked, as I pace the faster of the more gradual group They split the clinic into an advanced group and gradual/1st timers group. The first timers only run 50% of the distances during the week and barely make it up to 10k by race day, its meant for people who simply want to complete it. I have been pushing the speed a little, so that has been nice, but can only push these guys so much ;)

This clinic ends June 8th, which is the same day my new 1/2 Marathon Clinic Starts :) Little nervous about it, but that has nothing to do with the running aspect LOL, anyway... moving on. I have accidentally signed up for Melissa's 22k AND 10k, so I'm going to give the 22k a shot, but we will see how that all plays out closer to September. Otherwise I have also signed up for the Victoria 1/2 Marathon in October!

This past weekend I ran the Calgary Marathon 10k and scored a Personal Best time of 1:08:11, I'll take it :) (Previous was 1:10:30 ish(official time))Next 10k race is loops for troops on June 20th, where I hope for 1:06:00 or better.

P.S. Life is wonderful :)))

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GEOGIRL 6/1/2010 5:24PM

  Yay for all you've accomplished! You should be really proud of yourself ! All of those 10k clinic participants should consider themselves to be very lucky to have had you keeping them motivated. When I took the 10k at Crowfoot last fall they didn't split us up (they should have) and 2/3 of the class dropped out because it was way beyond a beginner 10k plan.

I'll be at Melissa's too! I was determined to get a spot in the 22k so I would have to keep up my running through my vacation...nothing like a race registration to keep you motivated!

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ELASTI-GIRL 6/1/2010 4:44PM

    I'll be at Melissa's race too! Great run and awesome weight loss! Go Alberta :) emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 5/31/2010 7:45PM

    Don't be nervous about the HM clinic. I hear the instructor is a real pussycat. emoticon I know I've told you this offline but I wanted to put it here, too: I'm extremely proud of what you've accomplished in your last few months of running.. Making the jump from 5 to 10 k is a HUGE step and you did it with style! I've no doubt that you'll make your goal at Loops. emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 7:44:58 PM

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 5/31/2010 4:26PM

    You are a racing machine! emoticon

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April 19th

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weighed in this morning, 241.6.

That's UP 3 lbs from a month ago. Kinda feel like I failed, I honestly didn't realize a month had passed since I blogged last and said the same thing as always, "need to get serious". I still want to lose 20 lbs by June 20th, now I just have less time to do it in. That now means 20 lbs in 8 weeks, Still doable, but what is it going to take to get serious about doing it??


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SLYMGIRL 4/20/2010 12:16AM

    I was sad whe you said "I kinda feel like I failed" You never fail unless you stop trying. Keep on going! You will conquer the battle eventually! emoticon

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PEHASS2 4/19/2010 10:13PM

    Sounds like a great plan, and no I didn't do well with my last post.

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RUNNINGWILD 4/19/2010 8:00PM

    Be honest, how many of steps 1-6 did you follow through on?
Step 1, start using my food scale rather than guessing.
Step 2, no more soup Fridays
Step 3, weigh/measure myself on Monday.
Step 4, add in a day of stairs
Step 5, add in 1 day of swimming
Step 6, keep up with running

Now I KNOW for a fact that you're keeping up with running and we did do two days of stairs since your last post but...
20 pounds is definitely doable but it'll be tricky. We're not on the Biggest Loser and there are no Tommys or Pauls (as in Plakas) to kick our ass when we cheat SO it's up to you. (AKA us). I promise not to tempt you with coffee, chocolate and other badness if YOU promise to do the same for me.

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March 19th 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Going to mix things up a little over the next little while to see if I can push my weight down a bit. What I have been doing isn't working anymore, so time for a new plan.

Step 1, start using my food scale rather than guessing.
Step 2, no more soup Fridays :) (Usually have Wor Wonton or Vietnamese Soup for lunch as kind of a "cheat" meal)
Step 3, weigh/measure myself on Monday.
Step 4, add in a day of stairs
Step 5, add in 1 day of swimming
Step 6, keep up with running

Step 7-99 - TDB

More of a "work in progress" but I wanted my 3 points :)

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KWASYLIW 3/20/2010 12:46AM

    No comment about soup Fridays! Lol!


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RUNNINGWILD 3/19/2010 7:49PM

    Stairs on Monday! WOOT!!

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