<![CDATA[[caption id="attachment_417" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Crystal hits the trails in Assiniboine Park."][/caption] Sorry for the delay in posting this week. I have been swamped with school and work! I won’t recount everything I’ve done since last Thursday. Instead, I’ll start fresh with today. I ran for 45 minutes outside. I don’t know the exact distance, maybe around 10K. I start at my house downtown, run up Wolseley, through Omand’s Creek, back down Wellington Crescent, over the Misericordia Bridge and home. The rush of endorphins I get from running is amazing. It just feels natural to me. The nice, long, hard, steady pace is what feels most comfortable. This would explain why the workouts in the short power time domain feel particularly terrible. But they’re improving all the time. The highlight of my run was on Wellington Crescent when I was cruising along, and I was suddenly passed by a man who was clearly a seasoned all-weather runner decked out in his Running Room gear and rocking a pretty good pace. As I watched him get further and further away, I asked myself, “When did that become OK? Some dude passes you and you just let him?” Ha! So I kicked it up a few notches and chased him down for the next three to four minutes. When I came up behind him, I think he was a bit shocked to see me, and as I cruised by I thought, “Serves you right for trying to show me up!” I finished my run strong and happy thinking, “Maybe I’ll race again this year at Birds Hill in duathlons. I am clearly addicted to competing.” Mike’s note: If Crystal does a duathlon, there will be a barbell loaded with 225 lb. waiting for her at the finish line. If you run, you have to deadlift. If you don’t run, you have to deadlift.
The Perfect Time To Begin Is Now
It’s a mistake to wait for everything to be “perfect” to begin your fitness & nutrition journey. Life is a laundry list of events, holidays