Let's start on a high note. I'd like to thank past Mike McGuire Podcast guest Ken Franczek for kicking in $1,000 for my "10 Marathons for $10,000" goal.
If you don't know, the Running the BMO Full on May 5th will be my 10th endurance event, so I'm trying to help out the charity that got me started in my running journey, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Please consider sponsoring me, as I'm giving it all I got.
That said, I didn't have much this morning.
Running a radio station about to launch is tremendously rewarding. The schedule is highly demanding, and often the only chances I've had to get out there and do my runs are with the team.
On my way to train with my team, I was thinking of my flight to Vancouver. I'm a window-seat guy, especially with this flight.
The vast mountain expanses, the deep caverns... the view truly is the hi-light of the flight. Nature can be a wondrous, magnificent display.
It can also be a real pain in the...
Okay, so maybe the whole mountain thing was a dumb joke, but I learned today that the hazards are still quite real.
Temperatures have been going up and down around the zero mark for the last few weeks, making for some very treacherous roadways and parking lots. I've talked before about the ice and the decision to go without cleats this year, and at this point, most of the roads and sidewalks are starting to clear up.
Still, there is a stretch of Hawrelak Park where avoiding the ice isn't the easiest.
Believe it or not, despite all the challenges I've faced through my 3 years as a runner, one thing I've never encountered is a training injury... until today.
We were barely 100M out of the gate, and I was chatting about stuff with my teammate/friend Chris Hayden when BAM! My foot hit an awkward chunk of ice and rolled my ankle something fierce.
So, while it's a minor setback, I'm icing and elevating... it's been a few hours now and it's still tender.
I suppose the point of writing so much about something as minuscule as a rolled ankle is to serve as a reminder to take it easy and give an injury a chance to mend itself.
Even this afternoon, I've been contemplating heading back out there and trying to get my run in.
I've never been very good at sittin' around doing nothing, but the only thing keeping me from getting back out there right away is the thought of doing something to make the injury worse - potentially costing me the opportunity to participate in the marathon.
In the meantime, I'll take it easy... Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to crank out some kilometers...