Thursday, June 7, 2007

Up and running

The training has begun. As I prepare for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on September 30, it's time to start thinking about how to fit in all the running, juggling and joggling that I'll need to get into world-record shape.

Here's the plan:

1) Run mostly at 4:30 a.m. or 10:30 p.m. My summer running schedule will avoid the heat, the smog and the traffic.
2) Strength training, core work and plyometrics three times per week after work.
3) Juggling every night with the kids. I juggle, the kids dance around to music and get tired so they sleep well.
4) Saturday morning run at 5 a.m. down to the St. Lawrence farmers' market. Fill backpack with fruit and vegetables and run home.
4) Long joggle on Sunday at 5 a.m. Back in time for breakfast with the family.
5) Tuesday evening runs with the whole family (kids in the Twinner Baby Jogger).
6) Speed work on Wednesdays and Fridays.
7) Ride bike to and from work.
8) Do some of my running backwards to prepare for 2008.
9) Keep working on the 5-ball joggling.
10) Keep bloggling almost every day.
11) Visit www.runningmania.com almost every day.
12) Don't watch TV, except for finale of Top Chef.
13) And as Metallica once said: "Those people who tell you not to take chances / They are all missing on what life's about / You only live once so take hold of this chance / Don't end up like others / Same song and dance."

4 comments:

Perry said...

I love Top Chef. I really don't know why.

And 5 ball joggling...it's not nearly as fun. It takes so much more concentration on the juggling.

Clint said...

5 ball joggling? How does that work with your stride?

The Joggler said...

I don't know why I like Top Chef, either. Maybe become I once worked in the kitchen at a high-end restaurant in London?

Five-ball joggling: I'ts a major challenge. It's very hard to get a proper stride that matches up with the juggling tosses, even if the pattern is high. But I get a litter better each time I try it, so I like the challenge of developing the technique.

One thing I've discovered is that if you run fast enough, the juggling pattern is tossed at such a steep angle forward that you can actually see in front of you. If I ever did a marathon with five, I think I would do it in fits and starts. Short, fast strides and a heavily tilted, tight pattern. Right now, I just enjoying the little practice sessions. It's also a killer workout!

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