The Journey so Far: 72.2km + 4hr other cardio
Weekly Distance/Cardio Tracker: 23.4km + 00:00:00 other cardio
★★★★☆ Week: My cold has finally gone away and I had a stellar week at the gym, with a bunch little runs. Was also able to get outside for a big chunk of running too, details below!
Takeaway for the week: Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. Oh, and stretch.
Books I’m (still) reading: “The Collected Essays, Journalism And Letters of George Orwell, Vol. 4, 1945-1950” and “Ten Secrets the CRA Doesn’t Want you to Know” by David Voth. As I mentioned last week, the Orwell collection is for entertainment/personal interest, but wow has it been mind blowing. I’ve only read about 100 pages of it, but I am absolutely going to be looking for the other 3 volumes once I’m done. The articles he wrote are actually thought provoking, unlike so much of today’s news. His predictions and visions of the future, or our present, are eerily accurate. Voth’s book was less thought provoking, but I believe it is important to read different takes on financial planning rather than assume I’ve got everything down pat.
Last Week’s Goal: Jogging hike with hills: Wasn’t able to make it to any special trails, but I did go for a 10km+ run on Saturday. It was snowing that day, so I still had to contend with precarious footing.
Next Week’s Goal: Still want to find a hilly jog!
Four weeks down. Wow, honestly I am surprised I have made it this far. I’ll go ahead and give myself a little pat on the back for not only sticking to weekly updates along with my training program, but also adding little things as I go. Still, I must be sure to avoid the burn out.
I have not been very social since I started this journey, but last night I made it out to a friend’s birthday party. I’ve had dinner with friends and chatted online, but this was the first real challenge. When I decided that I was going to go for a Spartan Race, other circumstances helped me choose to give up alcohol, at least until the new year. While I would not consider myself an alcoholic by any means, I was probably on the cusp. It is almost a way of life in some of my social groups and definitely in my city. According to the regional health unit, 72% of the people between 19-44 exceed alcohol consumption guidelines, with 23% drinking heavily. I was definitely one of the 72%, and without reading the entire report, probably close to that 23% as well. However, most of the group that I was with for the birthday party drinks more moderately than some of my other friends and it was a good way to test the social waters. The night went very well, we played some games, and it all felt very normal. I’m more curious to see what it will be like with my other group of friends, where most group hangouts usually centre around drinking games.
Overall, I am thrilled with the results I’ve had from giving up alcohol. As I said, it’s not like I was getting wasted on a weeknight and or not being able to function at work, but even removing the occasional casual nights in the middle of the week has given me more energy. When it comes to the weekend, I am still adjusting with finding what to do with all my spare time since I’m not sitting on a couch slugging back brews. The extra running I’ve been doing, something that will only be increased week by week, has been great for filling that void! Pair the lift in energy with the fact that my little beer gut has completely gone away and I’d say that giving up the booze was well worth it! I’m not saying I won’t drink ever again, but I’m also in no hurry to grab a drink.
Before writing this post up I skipped through the Worlds Toughest Mudder 2017 feed, and was blown away by the competitors. To start on the men’s side, Vince Molosky came out flying and took the sprint lap. It was insane to see this guy running at a 5 min mile pace just hoping the obstacles wouldn’t open up on him! I don’t know where he ended up by the end of the day, but those first few miles definitely took their toll on him as he was quickly out of contention.
The winner on the men’s side was fellow Ontarian Ryan Atkins running 110 miles over the 24 hours, followed closely by Robert Killian at 105 miles. Absolute. Insanity. On the women’s side Rea Kolbl took home first with 90 miles followed by Allison Tai at 85 miles. Kolbl had some scary moments in the closing hours, visibly shaking at some obstacles, but was able to close out the race.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the cast, and it made me even more excited to start my own obstacle course racing journey next year. Maybe I’ll have to sign up for something that starts a bit earlier in the year, because 8 months seems too far to enjoy the excitement and adrenaline that those athletes clearly exhibited. Time will tell!