Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Valley Inn Road Dilemma

Well, it looks like we won’t find out if we get to run the “Valley Inn” hill until just before the race.

CBC reported in December that due to work on the CN rail bridge, race organizers won’t know if the road will be open until a week or so before the race.

So much doing any training on Valley Inn Road hill this year.

Update: I’ve checked Valley Inn Road, so don’t even bother trying.  The whole hill is fenced off from the end of the bailey bridge at the bottom to the barricades at the top.  I guess we’ll all have to make do with just running all the Northshore hills over and over again.


Week 1B (5 miles / 8 km) – January 9, 2015

Note: Week 1B isn’t a mistake. It just makes it easier to adjust the web page and route maps when we go back to a 12 week schedule. This way I don’t have to renumber EVERYTHING.

This is a shorter version of the seven (7) mile Northshore west loop you’ll be doing in week three.  We take it easy on you this week as we only have the La Salle Apartments hill (twice!) and the climb to Plains Road from Northshore Blvd. to contend with.

Remember to turn left at the second Brook View Ave., not the first one (blink and you’ll miss it). If you miss the turn you’ll be doing extra mileage.  If you start heading down hill, you’ve gone too far.

As will all of our runs, we will be running as much as we can on the ATB race route in the direction that you’ll be traveling on race day.

Bay Training week 1B (Alternate) – 5 Mile Northshore West Loop

Map data ©2014 Google
Map data ©2014 Google
500 m

Mark’s Observation

“If you hang out with crazy people, the insane starts to sound normal”

If you hang out with people that do drugs, or binge drink or hold up donut shops, then doing drugs, drinking heavily and armed robbery become normalized pretty quickly.

If you hang out with people that run marathons, complete Ironmans and volunteer at the local food bank, then being active, dedicated and compassionate become your normal too.

You become who you associate with.  Hang with the right crowd.

ATB Week 1

Week 1 (5 miles / 8 km) – January 2, 2015

This week we introduce you to the Northshore east loop. This five (5) mile loop is one of the routes that we will use to get our mileage in over the rest of the training runs.

Start the run going east on Townsend Ave., down Frances Rd. and back to La Salle park along Northshore Blvd. running the same direction as you will on race day.

Bay Training week 01 – 5 Mile Northshore East Loop

Map data ©2014 Google
Map data ©2014 Google
500 m

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Happy New year – 2015

BRC Resolution Run 2015Annual BRC New Years Day Resolution Run group photo

I decided to start the year with the Burlington Runners and their New Years Day Resolution Run.

Yes, it was cold and windy. No Amanda didn’t join me. However, I still got out and put in 5 miles (8 km) along the Northshore hills, on the first day of the year.  Tomorrow, I get to do the same route again with the start of the Around The Bay group runs.

Starting my running year off with a streak.

Here’s an essay I wrote back in 2003 on New Year’s resolutions and change…
I Hereby Resolve