Looking Back at 2013!
Health Update: After 13 months of reinventing my physical self (losing 110 pounds from Dec. 1st 2011 – Dec. 31, 2012 and shedding all 13 of the prescribed pills I used to need to live), I started 2013 with a pretty clean slate and a desire to check a few things off my bucket list.
My first goal was running a Half Marathon! Building on my 60 minutes per day aerobic training, I started adding some longer runs.
- My first stab at the 21.2 distance was a successful one when I informally joined some other athletes at HB Studios Sports Centre to run our own indoor version of the Hypothermic Half. 100 laps of approximately 210 metres in 2:11 minutes gave me the hope I needed to Register for the Bluenose 1/2 Marathon in May 2013.
- More training and a combination of slow & distance runs culminated in a 21.2 Km trial run on the trail at 2:09 the week before the race.
- May 19th: Bluenose 1/2 Marathon was a wonderful run, starting in the sunshine at just 4 degrees, the conditions were perfect and I clocked a very satisfying 1:53:31 placing 743rd out of 2,280 runners with a 5:13 p/Km pace =D
My second goal was running a Full Marathon! Maintaining 60 minutes per day aerobic training, I adding some much longer runs.
- With just a few hours of reflection after the Bluenose 1/2, I made up my mind to go for the Full Marathon at the Valley Harvest Marathon in October, 2013.
- Summer training was lighter than I wanted it to be facing a combination of rain and high temperatures/humidity, so I knew once September came that I had my work cut out for me. A Full Marathon (42.2 Kms) is the only race that should not include you running the full distance in training; however, a few trusted marathoners that I have great respect for suggested that I get at least two 30+ km runs in though. As such, in the final 5 weekends before the race I included the following 5 distance runs to my 60 minute per day base: 22 kms, 32 kms, 22kms, 20 kms, & 30 kms. While I definitely felt anxious, I also felt ready on race day.
- October 13th: Valley Harvest Full Marathon was another wonderful day, starting in the sunshine at just 1 degree, the conditions were once again – perfect! I had a very encouraging first 35 Kms and while I didn’t hit a wall exactly, I did start to feel as though I was carrying one in the last 7 Kms. It resulted in me slowing down some and I actually walked up the last few hills, but overall I felt fantastic, I had no injuries, no blisters, etc. I truly enjoyed every minute of my first marathon and I finished within my target time range at a very respectable 4:20:56 placing 67th out of 91 runners with a 6:13 p/Km pace =D
Race Recap: 15 Races this season (1 x 42.2, 2 x 21.1, 3 x 10, 3 x 8, 5 x 5, 1 x 3.4) = 166.8 kms
Highlights: 2 Bucket list items, a lot of PB’s, and some great times overall. =D
Career: Some wonderful things happened for me personally in 2013!
- Landed my fulltime/permanent position with NSCC – Kingstec (also was offered another attractive opportunity with CIBC that I politely declined).
- Graduated from CCEDP with NSCC (my second college graduation and just 30 years apart, lol)
Family: It seems that most of our loved ones have had their share of ups and downs in 2013, and as it goes for them, it also goes for us: job losses/new careers, educational challenges/opportunities, relationship challenges/triumphs, bad choices/good choices: a few regrets, maybe, yet a lot to be truly thankful for and a lot to look forward too…
As we wish for a safe and prosperous 2014 for all – full of wonders and possibilities, we can only hope that we are personally prepared to treasure all of our highs with passion, face all of our challenges with dignity, and that - above all – that we are prepared to do our very best to help others celebrate and/or overcome their own successes and challenges.
Cheers, & Happy New Year,
Love Scott & the Patterson Clan.
Oh yeah; Bucket list 2014: Learn to swim better, First Triathlon, another 1/2 & Full Marathon, faster times, Europe in the summer, and also hoping to be a Grandfather someday in 2014. I can’t wait to get started!