Why do I do this...

Why? To be better...

1. I promised (only a few people will know what this means, and if you don't, you will).
2. I am better than this.

Personal Bests

Santa Race November 25, 2012
5k 30:51 min/sec 6:11 pace per km

Boxing Day 10 Miler December 26, 2012
16.09 k 1:42:22 hr/min/sec 6:23 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Half Marathon November 4, 2012
21.1k 2:16:41 hr/min/sec 6:27 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Marathon November 5, 2011
5k 34:18 min/sec 6:52 pace per km

Around the Bay March 25, 2012
5k 32:07 min/sec 6:26 pace per km

Burlington Runners Good Friday 5k April 6, 2012
5k 31:22 min/sec 6:22 pace per km
(Garmin Race Time 5k 31:12 min/sec 6:14 pace per km)

Imperial Glass 4/8K Grey Cup Run November 26th, 2011
4K 26:55 min/sec 6:44 pace per km

Non Race Personal Bests

2.4km 13:19 min/sec 5:31 pace per km
July 17, 2012

5k 28:13 min/sec 5:40 pace per km
Nov 15, 2012

10k 1:02:25 hour/min/sec 6:15 pace Aug/29/2012

Challenge Start: July 18, 2011
Start Weight: 286 lbs
Current Weight: 208 lbs as at November 11, 2012
Total lost: 78 lbs
Goal Weight: 197
Last Cigarette: June, 2011

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Domino Effect

Domino's anyone? I don't remember how to play, but boy when you get dragged into a game and that first tile falls there is no stopping your participation!!

So last night I had the brainiac idea that I would try and set down a benchmark for my 2.4km run so I know what type of time I need to chop off before the end of the year. By the end of the year I am hoping to run a sub 13:25 which will be a big challenge for my body type. I even dragged a friend out to witness it (to validate it), and he was a witness to a circus not anything that resembled organized running!

Where do I start? Ok, in Southern Ontario we have been having pretty mild weather of late and as I got off work last night I was thinking to myself, this is is going to be a great night for a run! I proceeded to change and contacted my friend to confirm he was to able to come and view the "Brick” running as I like to call myself, running laps. And as I am reliable so is he so I set out to go pick him up.

Scene Domino1

Out the door I go, and I am outside and this thing out of nowhere pops me in the face! It was an arctic blast that I can only recall from last winter! No problem running in the cold as its ok. I have done it before and really it does not bother me it just wasn't what I was expecting.

I get in the car and because it’s suddenly winter; I start to look for my gloves. Gloves are like socks sometimes, in the real world they don't exist in pairs do they? When I went in the house both gloves were there and when I need them there is only one! So I start ripping the car apart. I take a sweater and a jacket from the front seat and put it in the back and begin to look under the seats and around the sides of the seats. Then I go into the back and looked under the seats. Nothing!? Swearing under my breath I move the jacket and sweater back to the front seat. It has to be there, it was there only 30min ago! I get mad and throw the sweater and jacket back in the back and scour the floor again. Nothing!! Now I am beginning to tell myself I will just go and forget about the gloves but I tell myself, look one more time in the back. I gently lift the jacket and....you guessed it, the glove!!

Picking up my friend and getting to the track goes with no problems.

Domino 2

We get out of the car, and proceed to the track. We mutually agree to walk the track to determine its length. As we are walking I swear the wind is gusting up to 60kph. We determine it is 675 meters and that I need to do approximately 3.5 laps to get my 2.4kms. We decide to walk an additional 400m to see the approximate finish line. Things are going well. Good planning if I say so myself!

Excitement and being anxious I think come hand in hand. I think they make more sense called, chomping at the bit, let's get the party started type moments. Now remember we had walked about 400m of the 675m lap and were on our way back to the starting line. Guess what, now its urination time. Great! I admit, it’s a bit of a luxury being a man in this regard but I will leave this here.

Domino 3 (aka trigger Domino Scene)

Relieved and at the starting line I set my GPS watch and my friend sets his timer to compare results. Now because I am not a natural writer and it would take to long to really describe what happened so instead I am going to riffle it off with a machine gun technique.

First, start ready go...oops, hit the wrong button....then hit reset...then walk back to start...then restart....run about 100m....is it me or does it feel like my pants are falling down?...yes....they are...hike them up.....oh what's that new pain in my shin (we are at about 200m)...maybe I shouldn't  have worn the orthotics for the first time running... what's this my pants are falling again....what the hell? One false start, pain in my shin and my pants are going to fall off. I get to about 400m and begin to walk, and I might say I was a little bit mad. I begin to walk back to the start line (meanwhile I can hear my friend in my head....is he gone crazy?).

Domino 4 (redo of Domino 3)

Alright let's try this again. Pants tight (check). Watch reset (check). Legs ok (check).

First lap…pretty good..second lap….first half ok but really slowing…third lap..really slowing  but that happens ……but here comes the kicker….400m to go..at about 100-150m to go the GPS watch starts to beep that I am done..what do I do…stop and start to walk…because it is dark I can’t see the watch and I walk leisurely for about 100m…I get to a spot where there is enough light to see the watch and I realize I still have 50/m to go….what an idiot...I followed the advice of the “idiot gauge” even though we measured out the finish…..dumb, real dumb. The watch was wrong and I ruined my time (not that it was great).

Final time 16:03 min/sec with a nice leisurely walk included (yes that is sarcasm). How stupid was that!! There is likely about a 40-20 sec difference because of the walking but it’s hard to tell. So my benchmark has been set 2:28 min/sec over where I need it to be before the end of the year.

On a positive note it will be easy to kill this number next time out and in all of this I have determined my waist has gotten smaller too. Do not try and run with pants/shorts that are too big (ha).....really this is a positive thing just that the timing was bad. Real bad!

Hopefully CrossFit goes a little easier tonight!

Does the Domino effect ever get you?


  1. i was thinking...look in the sweater and coat lol ...nice to see that i am not the only one effected in their life with domino effect :) nice that you continued and finished....for sure you will kill the number next time :) keep up the great effort !!!

    1. I did look in the coat! Ha, I thought! Its very contagious once it starts!! (Dominos)

  2. :) I Laughed through this...sounded like me trying to get to work some days...honestly..some days I drive all the way to work and before getting out of my car to go into my office..I check to make sure I have all the necessary clothes on...like pants...lol...thanks for the giggle and I am sure you are going to kill that time ...sam

    1. Glad you got a chuckle (I did too), and I am so glad its not just me! ;)

  3. OMG I am STILL laughing.
    Still laughing.
    Yep..still laughing.
    I don't even have to picture it...and I'm laughing. I don't know if I'll be able to look at you without laughing ever again - o k that might be exaggerating...maybe not :)

    Good on you for being so determined though!

    And..how did you come up with a random number of 2.4 km to set your time by? I thought you would have gone for 5k or something more "normal"?

    1. Enz, it is a fitness requirment of the miltary to be able to run a sub 13:25/2.4km (based on age and gender) which is one of my 2012 goals. The preferred and expected time is <= 11:00/ min/sec (not likely happening in my lifetime).

      And glad you got a laugh!

    2. I can laugh now thanks to finally thawing out from that evening! Your determination was impressive. I can attest to how easy it would have been to throw in the towel during this comedic tragedy! Considering we've run outside all winter, that was an evil wind that night! Keep it going!


    3. Your a good man for putting up with this fiasco!