Sunday, February 27, 2011

Freeze Your Gizzard 2011

It was cloud and -14 degrees.

The Freeze You Gizzard Run at New Montague High School. The 10.5Km loop course on Valleyfield Rd, Main Street, Queens Rd, Riverside Dr and Peardon Rd.

At 5Km and halfway point

Mom can see my yellow pom-pom

Billy MacDonald won the half marathon and Erin Poirier for top female.

I finished in 1:47:57 and came in 14th out of 44 runners.

Todd "Stone Cold" Power won the 10K race and
Natalie Dallaire for top female

Official Result: 14th out of 44
Half-Marathon in 1 hour, 47 minutes & 57 seconds

Freeze Your Gizzard 2010 ~ Freeze Your Gizzard 2009 ~ Freeze Your Gizzard 2008
Freeze Your Gizzard 2007 ~ Freeze Your Gizzard 2006

Photos from the Freeze your Gizzard 2006-2011

Thank You George Hughes!!

I had a flat tire on the way home, just past Poole's Corner. When jumping on the tire iron still failed to budge any of the wheel nuts, I called Debby's cell (I had gotten her number before I headed out on the course in case any of the runners had trouble. Little did I know it would be me calling that number later in the day, thinking maybe I could borrow her husband.....) As it turned out George answered and came to my rescue. By then I had done enough jumping on the tire iron to finally loosen the nuts and George had me back on the road in no time. Thank you so much George! - janet

Running For Autism
Not Against It
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter Weather Running - Wind Warnings & Whiteouts

This is what Alex's run home looked like the last two days. We've had winds gusting from 40-70Km/hr causing whiteouts and giving us wind warnings:
"This is a warning that an extended period of blowing snow with poor visibilities is expected or occurring in these regions"
I took these pictures this morning around 9am, it didn't get any better by the time he ran home at 1pm.

Here's where his run home starts with the first (and worst) whiteout in sight:

The approach to that first whiteout:

Almost home:

The Crooked Creek in sight, less than 1Km to go:

Home to the shelter of the yard:

Looking at the Forecast
Friday: Periods of snow. Low minus 7. High plus 2.

Saturday: Periods of snow. Windy. Low zero. High zero.

Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 14. High minus 9.
it's a good thing the Freeze Your Gizzard is Sunday and not Saturday. Alex may freeze his gizzard in the colder temperatures but at least he might actually get there.

In 2005 we were getting snow and high winds and it took 45 minutes to get less than 4km from home, having driven through countless snowdrifts and under a downed power line. We realized even if we made it to Montague, a one hour trip on a good day, we'd never make it by race time. We turned around and came home (Alex was not impressed!) but 15 Half-Marathoners and 28 10K'ers braved the elements, got to Montague and ran the race (and by the looks of things likely froze their gizzards in the process!).

The weather on race day 2005:
Last year 62 runners did the Half-Marathoner and 42 ran the 10K. "It was cloudy and 1 degrees and windy"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cutting & Running

Today is Islander Day. I went to work to make up time I missed on Storm Days. I really like cutting soap with the air powered soap cutter. Em blog me today.

After work now I running home. It is 5km.
I buy a new Salomon running jacket and Sugoi pants from Sporting Intentions for winter running. I have YakTrax on my shoes.

The Freeze Your Gizzard Half Marathon Run is Sunday February 27.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

RSVP - PEI RoadRunner AGM & Banquet March 11th

Please go HERE to RSVP by Wednesday March 9, 2011.
They need to let the Legion know how many meals to prepare.
If you wish, you can RSVP to Pam Power-McKenna at 566-1031 (h).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

B.A.A. to Offer Fastest Qualified Runners Early Acceptance into 2012 Boston Marathon With New Registration Process

B.A.A. to Offer Fastest Qualified Runners Early Acceptance
into 2012 Boston Marathon
With New Registration Process

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today a change in its registration process for the Boston Marathon, allowing the fastest qualifiers to enter the earliest and with a rolling admission system while also offering all eligible runners an increased registration period. The changes in registration are a response by the B.A.A. to greater than ever demand by runners to gain entry into the Boston Marathon and culminate more than three months of analysis, including input from the running industry. Rather than accepting runners who have met the qualifying standards on a first come, first served approach, a more systematic, performance-based process will be employed.

2012 Boston Marathon

For the 2012 Boston Marathon, registration will extend for two weeks, beginning on Monday, September 12, 2011 and continuing until Friday, September 23, 2011. The qualifying times for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not change from recent past years since the standards had been previously announced and have been in effect since last September. However, the new registration process addresses the increased demand among qualified runners to participate in the Boston Marathon and will accommodate those who are the fastest qualifiers first.

Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule until the maximum field size is reached, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On the first day of registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon, those who are eligible for entry by having met the qualifying standards for their age and gender group by 20 minutes or more will be able to enter on the first day of registration (September 12). On the third day (September 14), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more. On the fifth day (September 16), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five minutes or more. During this first week of registration, applicants will be notified as they are accepted and their qualifying performance verified.

If the field size is not reached after the first week and additional space remains, then registration will open to all qualifiers at the beginning of Week Two (September 19) and those who have met the qualifying standards by any amount of time will be able to apply for entry. The application process will remain open for the entire week, closing on September 23. At the conclusion of Week Two, those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted. Accepted athletes will be notified on September 28.

If space remains available after this two week process, registration will remain open to any qualifier on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

The field size for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not represent a significant increase from the most recent years.

Registration Process for the 2012 Boston Marathon

Date registration opens for runners with times...
September 12, 2011 20 min., 00sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
September 14, 2011 10 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
September 16, 2011 5 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
Second Week
September 19, 2011 All Qualified Runners
September 23, 2011 Registration closes for qualified applicants
September 28, 2011 (appx) Qualifiers from entry during second week of registration are notified of their acceptance.

If the field is not filled at the conclusion of the two weeks, then registration will remain open and qualifiers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

2013 Boston Marathon

For the 2013 Boston Marathon, in addition to the new “rolling admission” process for registration which will be in effect for the 2012 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. will adjust the qualifying times by lowering them by five minutes from the times which have been in effect in recent past years. The adjusted qualifying times will go into effect on September 24, 2011, and are as follows:

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec
*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard.

Registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012.

“As the number of qualified runners has increased combined with greater demand to run the Boston Marathon, our new registration process enables those who qualify by the greatest amount of time to have the longest period to enter,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Our new registration process takes into consideration the many comments we received from runners this past fall and winter, most of whom urged the B.A.A. to institute a system which recognizes athletic performance above all else.”

Additionally, to recognize and to encourage longtime Boston Marathon entrants, the B.A.A. will allow those who have met the qualifying times and who have finished the last ten consecutive Boston Marathons to enter anytime during the registration period. Currently, there are approximately 500 runners who have run 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

The B.A.A. last adjusted the qualifying times for the 2003 Boston Marathon, relaxing times for runners who were 55 years old and older. The last time the qualifying times were made more stringent was for the 1980 Boston Marathon.

The 2011 Boston Marathon reached its maximum field size of qualifiers faster than any previous year when qualifiers rushed to fill the race and the qualified field closed in eight hours, three minutes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kong Hei Fat Choi

by ~zowyx

"People born in the year of the rabbit are the luckiest among "the twelve animals." The rabbit is a symbol for mercy, elegance, amiability and worship of beauty. People born in this year are kind, speak gently, peaceful, quiet and loving persons. They like to live easy lives. They are reserved persons, love arts and have a strong sense of justice. Whatever they do, they will start well and end well..."

Alex was born in the Year of the (Fire) Rabbit, 1987.