Day 1, Week 1

I got the calculator out this weekend and determined that my timeline for PEI consists of 154 days. Daunting when expressed in those terms. But the best part of the plans are the various sub goals and mini goals along the way, as well as some test runs to assess fitness and progress.

However, if there is one sure-fire way to get motivation levels boosted, particularly at the start of a 22-week journey, then reading the results of friends and their performances at major events on their running schedules is the way to do that.

In early May, my wife Kathy was rewarded for her dedication to cross training and running as she knocked almost two minutes off her best time in the 5k. Even more impressive was the time was almost seven full minutes faster than 5k we ran when we lived in Fredericton – in 1999.

Just two Sundays ago, my former TJ colleague April Cunningham blazed through the Fredericton half marathon and knocked about 14 minutes off her previous best time for the half marathon. If you know April, you can appreciate her dedication and progress after a relatively short time in the sport.

Also in Fredericton, an old media colleague Andrew Holland completed the Fredericton half marathon, approximately one year after some significant health issues kept him away from the training circuit.

This past Sunday, a former Guardian staffer Shelley Carroll drove from her home in Amherst to the 10th annual Bluenose Marathon. Shelley, whose been active in the sport for  a number of years, kicked some serious ass, clocking in approx 3:38 to qualify for her first Boston Marathon.

So when you see results like these, it is easy to get out the door and back on the roads.

For me, the first official day of training was a 10k run Sunday morning, in 8C temperatures. I am still getting over the flu and my enthusiasm was lacking somewhat but I completed the distance in a steady 5:45/km.

Congrats to all who accomplished goals in the past couple of weeks in Fredericton and Halifax.

Well done.

This week’s schedule: 5 runs, approx 40-45 kms. Base training.

– Kevin