I live in Ontario and one of my big goals is to get ready for mountainous trail races. When I tell people I’m into mountain running, the typical question I get is: where do you do that when Ontario doesn’t have any mountains? The highest point in the province, Ishpatina Ridge, is 693 meters above sea level. It also happens to be about 450km away, as the crow flies, so I might as well drive to New York.
“Getting fit is quite simple really, run fast then run slow and repeat…. a lot.” – Matt Hughes, Olympic steeplechaser. I think one of the things that people can find confusing about runners is their tolerance for repetition. Some runners will run the same route on a weekly basis for years in a row. Other runners will run repeats on indoor and outdoor tracks. On Sunday, I did three laps of a route where I’ve probably logged hundreds of kilometers.
Last post I said I was going to write about my goals for 2019, but before I get into my goals, I want to talk about my goal-setting process. Fortunately for me, Canadian Running’s the Shakeout Podcast (with Kate Van Buskirk) just had a nice little episode with Sinead Mulhern interviewing sport psychologist Kim Dawson followed by runners Cam Levins, Rachel Cliff and Mohammed Ahmed talking about their goal setting process.
One of the big reasons why I’m starting this blog is to give myself a space to reflect on the running process. In the past, I relied on tools like hand written logs, Strava/Movescount, or Instagram posts to provide a space for recording observations. I’m thinking of this blog as an extension of those sorts of tools. So as a second post for this blog, I’m going sum-up my experiences for 2018.
Welcome to Roots & Ridges! My name is Kevin, and this is a blog that’s dedicated to telling stories about running in Ontario. I ran cross-country in high school, but I didn’t really stand out, aside from having long hair that I just let bounce around. When I went to university, I kind of let running slide. Road cycling held my attention for a while, until I moved to Toronto. There I found that cycling became more hectic, and less enjoyable in heavy traffic.