New running training approach

I have been running at least 3 times a week since my first marathon (Ottawa Marathon 2010 – 3:26).  I was happy running for the first 3 years on my own, which lead me to 5 fun and memorable marathons.  I was happy with my training and results.  I do a lot of reading so […]

Installing The Grinder on Ubuntu

Installing The Grinder The Grinder does not include an installation script or start-up scripts for some strange reason.  You therefore need to do all of this stuff yourself. Here’s how I did it. Prerequisites The only prerequisite for The Grinder is Java 1.5 or greater, but some features can only be used with Java 1.6. […]

How to install munin on Ubuntu

I was recently installing a monitoring tool to monitor my website and owncloud.  I found myself installing munin and thought I may as well put together quick install note; nothing elaborate, just a few simple steps.  It is assumed you know what you are doing with Ubuntu and Apache2. About Munin Munin is a helpful […]

Arnprior to Burnstown Half

Really happy with my results from the Arnprior to Burnstown 25 KM time trial. Nothing liking running a half marathon to assess training needs for the spring. Some race highlights: – having fun – achieving a finish time better than the training plan asked for. – epic scenery – great rolling hills – herd of […]

Preparing for Ottawa Marathon 2015

It is that time of year again.  I get to pull out all the running books I have to redesign my marathon training program.  I have taken some time to think about my goals.  My goal is to qualify for Boston.  My requirements are that my training program be: stress free – no daily research required, […]

Learn the 15 laws of training proposed by Tim Noakes, MD

As I prepare for a new training season of running, I tend to review my theory first.  Then layout my training for the year and potential races.  My bible for running is the Lore of Running by Tim Noakes, MD.  In Ch. 5 of this book, he lays out the fundamentals to developing a good […]

Retrospecting. The lack of running goals.

It was with great regret that I didn’t run the Army half marathon.  It was a very tough decision, but it was an obvious decision.  Didn’t train consistently, wasn’t well rested and just got back from a red-eye flight from California. This was the second race in 2013 that I had signed up for but […]

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