Blog #120

Hey, long time eh? I figured that it’d be sad for the blog to die, so I’m gonna write some stuff. I currently lack any sort of creative spark and my life is fairly boring, so I’m just gonna fill you in on the goings on of my training. God I hope this blog doesn’t disintegrate into bland, generic running drivel…

I am down here in Charlottesville Va. w/ Coach Pete and Sister Kristen. Been here 2 weeks now and it’s coming along. These two take pretty good care of this 31yr old child. The basic goal of this camp is to get fit and stop sucking. Last year I sucked, and then I got hurt and also became unfit. Unfit and sucky is generally a terrible state for any runner to find them self in, especially one trying to make the damn Olympics. Gotta rectify that situation asap!

My first week here I was still just getting my legs back under me after a 6wk hiatus due to some achilles tendon issues. My entire Jan-Feb were basically write-offs. I did manage to get a few weeks of jogging in back in Vancouver before I came here. Oh yeah! Big shout out to Dylan and Francine for letting me crash on their couch for a whole friggen month whilst I was dealing with my achilles thing. You see folks. Initially I was supposed to arrive in Charlottesville in mid Jan- then I got hurt and had to stick around Vancouver for all my treatment and such. But, in anticipation of this camp I had sub-let my apartment for Feb and March. So when Feb rolled around and I was still stuck in Vancouver I found myself homeless. It was dark days my friends. Thankfully I have some amazing friends in Dylan and Francine and they took me in for the month. I love those guys! Oh also shout out to their amazing little baby Sasha, I love that kid.


DW, BabySasha and Myself

DW, BabySasha and Myself

Where were we? Oh yeah, I arrived in CVille march 3rd ready to get stuck into some work. Sadly though the first thing to happened upon my arrival in CVille was that this place received a solid dumping of snow. I really hate snow. My first four runs in town looked a little something like this; Run1- Easy run, started snowing & by the end I was slipping and sliding all over the damn place. Run2-Loops around the corridors of the basketball arena. Runs 3 &4-Treadmill. Sweet camp!

Since then though things have really turned around- the weather has gotten much better and my legs are coming back. Fortunately there is also a really solid group of guys here that are gonna pull me along and whip me into shape. The uni kids here are legit, and Sean is no longer fat and slow. I’m pretty optimistic about this whole thing.

Let’s talk some actual training now shall we? My 1st workout back was a longer run with a bit of progression on the end. Ran 10miles nice and chill and then jumped on the track for some progression. I went 5:20, 5:17, 5:14 and 5:12 on the track before my legs called it a day. The crew kept rolling and progressed down to sub 5:00’s, very impressive but way too rich for my blood, these university kids are good! After shutting down the fast stuff I jogged another 2miles for 16 total on the day. Nothing to write home about, but it was my longest run since December and it felt good to get some quality in there. That run right there was the start folks, can only go up from there.

For the rest of last week I basically just threw myself into the fire. I ran a lot, struggled through a couple more workouts and established my training camp routine. Training camp routine is actually super sweet, it basically consists of Running, gym sessions, coffee breaks, naps and netflix. I friggen love it.

much coffee is consumed on a daily basis

much coffee is consumed on a daily basis

Ok, so this post is done, just getting warmed up here, hopefully I can keep at it for a little while. Below is a quick recap of last weeks training;

Monday- am; 10miles easy/ pm; 7miles + Strength work. 17day

Tues- am; 14miles w/9miles at about 5:30pace, 1:21 total/ pm: 5miles easy + gym. 19day

Wed-am; 52min, 8miles, sore legs!/ pm; 10miles + core work. 18day

Thurs- am; really easy 9, 60min/ pm; 6miles + strides&drills. 15day

Friday- am; Interval workout 6xmile (100m jog rest) 4:49, 4:47, 4:47, 4:49, 4:52 4:52 (rest avg= 67sec) Bloody hell that was hard! Slow, but good effort, can live with that. pm; easy 6 shakeout. 18day

Saturday- 46min chill. pm; 65min easy, 10miles. Nice relaxing day, 15day.

Sunday- am; a very windy 11! pm; 6miles+ Gym. 17day

week=120, pitter patter let’s get at’er!

Respect your parents.


Mar 2015


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17 Responses to “Blog #120”

  1. Sherlock/W.B.E. says:

    OUTSTANDING, WATSON, dear fellow! You are doing those 6 X 1 mile reps, just like Wesley in Transcend. I can totally see that you’re going to get super fit super fast. Stay pumped, ol’ chap.

    • rob says:

      hey there my friend. Thanks so much for the continued support, it is always much appreciated. You take care and keep rolling yourself!

  2. older but not mature says:

    yes …. as you predicted your latest blog was comparatively boring!! (BEWARE OF THE SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY – THE CURSE OF CIVILIZATION)…. could be because you have lost some of your youthful irreverence? … getting older improves very little ( especially for runners) – judgement changes but not always for the better …. do you notice a big difference in the focus and enthusiasm and expectations ( realistic or otherwise) of university runners as opposed to professional runners? …

    • rob says:

      geez, that was a rather bleak comment. I wouldn’t say there is a big difference between the kids and the older folk. I do not find age to be a factor in these things, each individual approaches things differently. Sorry I bored you, hope you find my next post more entertaining, or just don’t come back, either way. Cheers.

    • Craig says:

      Lol! Bleak indeed. I like it.

  3. Jason says:

    Good to see you back at it Rob. And your blog always kicks ass.

  4. Traci says:

    Nice workouts. Look forward to seeing how you do on your Olympic quest ’16. I enjoy the podcast too even though you said people from the south are weird. Ha!

    • rob says:

      haha, sorry Traci! Not all southern folks are weird (just a big chunk of them). Appreciate the support. Have a good one.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good blog, keep it going. Are you semi vegan now after hanging out with D &F?

    • rob says:

      Thanks man, I hope I can keep at it.
      Ha, maybe I am a semi-vegan (even though that is not even a thing!) my nutritionist has me off dairy and netflix documentaries have me off most meat. Hope I don’t wither away!

      • Anonymous says:

        Watch the documentary Just Eat It and you will keep your weight on and survive nicely on a full time runner’s income

  6. dean says:

    How nice to be back in blogland dude. Missed the updates as you really know how to tell it so we can all enjoy.

    That which does not destroy me makes me stronger……

    Great shot of you and D with the baby, who looks like a happy fellow.

    Keep the positive going, the rest will follow, and continue the blog updates!!

    All the best for you….

  7. Craig says:

    I feel like the combination of a training summary coupled with some funny shtuff is the ticket buddy. Best of luck with thangs. Stay healthy.

    • rob says:

      Hey Craig, I agree, I think that format is manageable. Thanks for stopping by, have yourself a damn fine weekend.


  8. Drew says:

    Thanks for keeping your blog going. Enjoy reading all your posts and running stories.
    Good luck on your build up. sounds like its coming together.
    Looking forward to your next post.

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