After Scotia marathon I met up with some friends and watched our friends finish (including Marlene rocking her redemption, and Hubs ran his 28th marathon!!). One really cool feature of the Scotia Marathon is special celebrity guest runners called "running legends". One of them I have mentioned on my blog before, Ed Whitlock. Ed Whitlock ran the 2004 Scotia marathon at age 74 in 2:54:49. Today he is 78, and ran the half marathon in 1:37:33!! Incredible! I also got to witness what I would have previously declared IMPOSSIBLE. Fauja Singh is 98 years old and finished the 5K event in 35 minutes. I felt a wave of emotion when I saw him approach the finish line. What an inspiration!!
98 and running a 35 minute 5K. Even more inspirational I read that he didn't start running until he was 81. Incredible!!
So while my running mojo has left the building, thankfully there are other sports I love to keep me active and motivated. Today I went to newly formed staff weight training club after school. I generally dislike lifting weights and want to spend as little time at the gym as possible, so it was good to just do a simple 45 minute circuit after school. The club meets Mon and Thurs, so this should be enough in terms of weight training for me and it felt good to get a strength training workout in. Today was arms and I did the following
-incline press (15 reps of all of the exercises below)
I just did one set today since I didn't want to be super sore tomorrow (I probably will be anyway), but it is a good start anyway. Thursday is legs!!
I also went to an Epicure party tonight, and sampled some delicious dips. I bought mini pizza pans, which I am super excited about.. mmm homemade pizza.
After the Epicure party, I went to my second triathlon swim class. The class is coached by Paul Johnson and so far its pretty good. Alot of sprinting and speedwork. I hope we also get some stroke improvement tips. We also do alot of drills with flippers, so I went out and bought a pair.
Tonight we didn't end up using the flippers, but did a few challenging drills. One was an 8 x 50 meters sprint with 15 seconds rest. After each set our "rest" began after we jumped out of the water onto the pool deck, an extra upper body workout! Anyway I am really liking the class so far, although it is definately a good workout!!
Sorry if this post is full of typos, I'm tired and need sleep!
Hope you all had a great Monday. Thanks for reading!!