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  1. Congratulations! I am not a trainer, but I am a certified coach in springboard diving. I haven't coached in years though.
  2. Welcome aboard! Great to see other runners here.
  3. I did a 8km run this afternoon. It felt good, and I ran the second half a couple minutes faster than the first half. Also, today I received in the mail my stuff from bodybuilding.com that I won for writing an article about vegetarianism a couple weeks ago. I got a couple dozen Clif bars, and the "Encyclopedia of Muscle and Strength". They also sent along a MMA magazine, which had a short article about Vega in it.
  4. Finally, I'm back in the gym today. I did a fairly quick upper body workout this morning. It felt good, although two weeks of tapering, racing, and recovering have left me feeling a bit week. I dropped the weights on a couple exercises, and lower the number of sets on others. Hopefully later this week or next I'll be back to my previous workout intensity.
  5. Sweet! It must feel great to be done a semester, eh? Congrats.
  6. Thanks bunnylalu! I only wish I looked as good in my pics and wendy does in hers. This morning I did a great 30km run with some friends. It was tough going, but I slugged it out and ran the whole distance although I wanted to bail early on. My left foot was sore at first but the loosened up nicely by 5k and wasn't a problem. Afterwards I was quite stiff but an epsom salt bath helped. My goal for this week: consistency. I want to run seven times, even if it means going out a for a bunch of short runs during the week. I've been putting in good mileage this year, but it's been mostly in the form of long weekend runs. Time to start pushing it on a more regular basis.
  7. Awesome improvement! The pics of the trip are great and it looks like a lot of fun. Good stuff.
  8. Don't get mad, get even: http://www.zug.com/pranks/tattoo/
  9. I did a short run this afternoon, about 5.5km. I felt very good, and should be ready for a long run tomorrow morning. I haven't done a single minute of weight training this week, which would be the first week since October that I don't have any weights in my log. maybe I'll do some pushups later today, just for something. Brendan's talk last night was very interesting. Although I had read "Thrive" some of his message seemed to sink in more when I heard him say it than when I just read it. I'm looking forward to reading the new book and adopting some of his diet principles. We talked a bit afterwards, and he's a really nice guy. He's very calm; he didn't even get upset or anything when a non-vegan in the audience kept insisting that salmon was healthy.
  10. Here are some pics from the race last weekend. http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/markc7/ATB2007-1.jpg http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/markc7/ATB2007-2.jpg http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/markc7/ATB2007-4.jpg http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/markc7/wendyATB2007-4.jpg http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/markc7/wendyATB2007-6.jpg http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/markc7/wendyATB2007-2.jpg
  11. I look forward to reading your log! Good luck with your goals.
  12. Nasty. I doubt it's for real, but it makes for some pretty good satire.
  13. Thanks. Mostly I maintain my weight by eating lots! The truth is, I could almost certainly running faster if I reduced my weight training and lost some weight. And I definately could gain more mass if I wasn't running so much. But I prefer to be in the middle ground. If that means being a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none, then I'm cool with that. I tried a raw dish for lunch today. I'm going to a raw potluck on Friday (Brendan Brazier is going to be there as well), and so I had to try out some raw meals. I made a "cauliflower couscous" from RAWvolution, which used food-processed cauliflower heads. It was quite tasty, although I didn't get the recipe just right (I was doing it from memory).
  14. Welcome aboard! Great results so far, keep it up!
  15. Good idea. My personal philosophy is "when in doubt, rest". I bet you'll come back feeling alot stronger and less sore when you next workout. The Quebec election was quite a surprise. I'm not sure what to make of it. It'll be interesting to see how well the goverment is able to function. I mean, isn't this the first minority gov't in Quebec in over 100 years?
  16. Wow, sounds like a big change! Hope the move goes well, and that you can keep up with some physical activity in the mean time.
  17. Thanks guys! OK, so I'm still not entirely recovered from my race on the weekend, but it was such a nice day here that I decided to go for a short run after work today. My feet didn't feel like being put in shoes, so I did about 5km barefoot. Although it's been a few months since my last barefoot run, it's surprising just how quickly the body adapts and gets used to a different style of running. Not just in terms of my stride, but also in how I quickly start to non-consciously watch for and avoid debris on the pathway.
  18. Good stuff! I walk everywhere (no car), and for Wendy and I everything in town feels like it's within walking distance. It's really neat to be able to push your limits and see that you really can move your own body that far if need be. 27 miles is a heck of a long way.
  19. Welcome and good luck making the changes in your like. I'm sure you'll feel much better when you do.
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