The Goal: 12 buckles in 12 months in 2012 - to celebrate the milestone of my 50th year!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Post No. 2 - Training is underway

Well first of all I want to thank the two people who are following my page, very cool and I am honoured and want to apolgize for taking this long to enter my second post. Here is my update from over the last 10 days.

Since my last post i've been pretty busy. I participated in a hockey tournament as an on ice official in Elmvale last weekend and refeered 15 hockey games in 3 days so that meant about 20 hours on the ice Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I did fit in 8 kms on Saturday between my morning games and my afternoon games. That run felt good and the weather was fantastic. Sunday however I was just to tired and stiff to get any miles in. Monday night was a good short run and felt pretty good. I can tell the fitness level is starting to return and I'm feeling more comfortable each time out.

I bought two new pair of shoes this past week, I got a pair of Nike Lunaglide 3's as well as a pair of Salomon XT Gortex Wings. Both pair seem to be a good fit for the road and trail running.

I leave for Las Vegas on Wednesday with my friend Pat, he and I will be participating in the Rock and Roll Marathon Saturday December 3rd. I think Pat will be a really long ways ahead of me. My finish goal is to try to get over the finish line before 4:00:00. For me that would be fantastic however I'm not going to hurt myself to get there in 4 hours. I have to keep the long term goal in sight and this will be a great warm up for 2012.

I have registered and paid my entry into Beast of Burden and Iron Horse in Florida in February. Later this month I will register for New Jersey and try to stay a couple of months ahead of each event in terms of registration.

I am still looking for some small sponsors, anyone or any company who can offer small pieces of the puzzle that may be needed. I was dissapointed not to be selected for the North Face program, I was really looking forward to that and as I usually do, put the cart way before the horse. I'd even taken some time to scope out their stores and online sites to see what I would use the money on, lesson learned. I won't do that again.

After Vegas next week I will continue to run as much as I can and I've also registered for the 6 hour Run 4 R Kids event at York University in January. I think that will be my final long run before Beast on January 21st.

I will try to keep the updates coming. Thank you for reading my information and happy trails....till next time.


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

My First Blog - So the Journey Begins Now

Good Afternoon everyone:
This is my first go round at this sort of thing and i'm excited to get started. Maybe not so good at it yet, but I've got all year to get better!

My training for my 12 - 100 milers started officially this past weekend, although I had gotten out a few times in the past couple of weeks the kick off began Friday evening. It all started with a visit to the local running store to find some new shoes.  I traditionally run in Brooks Cascadia's and I'm pretty sure that will always be my go to shoe however this trip I found a pair on Nike Lunaglide 3's and to my suprise a pair of Salamon XT Gortex Wings that fit me perfectly so I couln't resist the chance to add a second pair of gortex shoes to my collection for the winter 100 coming up in Lockport, Beast of Burden.

So with some new shoes and a couple of my friends telling me it was time to get my act in gear I started out Saturday afternoon with Ken on a 16 km trail run. Although the conditions were  a bit muddy in spots I am happy to report the XT wings performed as expected and I am happy with the purchase so far.

Sunday I went out for a 25 km road run with Maryka and it was time to test the Nike road shoes. Luckily the shoes preformed much better than I did. They were comfortable, I was not. Sadly Maryka ended up walking a good portion of the final 5 or 6 kms with me and I truly lived up the the "Princess" tag her and Jodi have labelled me with. Trusting with a bit of luck I can shed the nickname in the not to distant future (although I doubt it).

So, off to a slow start this weekend but i had a good tempo run last nigt on an indoor track. Nothing earth shattering but a quick 5 kms to work on some foot speed and try to shake off some more of the rust that has gathered since the Scotiabank Half Marathon.

I am off to Las Vegas on November 30th and looking forward to participating in the Rock in Roll Marathon on December 3rd. This will be a great kick start to January 2012. I have also registered for Run4Kids at York University in January and I think the 6 hour event will be an excellent measuring stick for my preparation for my first 100 miler in 2012.

I want to personally thank everyone who has helped me to date with what at times seems to be a silly adventure. Every day I grow a little bit more excited about it and I'm really looking forward to it. Of course I can use all the help I can get so if you are interested in pacing, crewing or can offer any suggestions, support, running tips etc. I am listening and always grateful for your help and support.

I do have a web site now and the address is http://www.12in12.ca/ please check that out and if you can help you are welcome to email me and we will provide updates to schedules and events as often as we can.

Ok, forgot one thing. I did make my application to Western States in June. If anyone has any connections to the Race Director, you know, if it's  your brothers best friends sisters boyfriend or anything like that I'd really appreciate if you put in a good word for me :)

12 buckles, 1 goal