Updates and Changes
Over the past few weeks I have been contacting local running clinics, contacting local marathons and races, making a training schedule, reading training books, and asking friends and family for help finding a mentor. After contacting local running clinics as well as a few places that are holding marathons and races; I have made a few more changes to my in-depth. Instead of training for a full marathon, I will train for a half. This will allow me to train with a clinic, have more ease in finding a mentor, and be able to participate in more races close to home on the weekends. Though I had my heart set on running a marathon, there are not a lot of local options; and going to Green River in Washington for a marathon can get expensive especially when I have to pay for transportation, overnight stay, and the marathon itself. I think that this decision is more realistic, but may not be as big of a challenge. I think that I will continue to train very hard and may use this training for a half marathon as a stepping stone to doing a full marathon. There are a lot of all-age marathons; these are marathons without time limits, but there are no all ages marathons near Vancouver or within the timeframe of in-depth.
It has been a rollercoaster these past few weeks looking for a mentor. I thought that Brian O’Neil, an old rock climbing instructor of mine and Take a Hike instructor currently; however, after some complications it turns out that he cannot mentor me anymore. After Brian could no longer be my mentor I called and e-mailed some local training clinics, but no clinics would allow me to train with them for a full marathon. Now that I am only training for a half marathon, I hope that some of the clinics I contacted earlier will now accept me. Though I still do not technically qualify by regular standards for a half marathon, I will by the time I will be running them, so I hope that I can still train with a running clinic and find a mentor through the running clinic. I have contacted the running room and kinetic as they are my top two choices. If those do not work out, then I will continue to contact other clinics on my list.
Athletics Canada Youth Age Recommendations
|12 and Under||1K – 2K|
For the past two weeks I have been contacting local running clinics, contacting local marathons and races, making a training schedule, reading training books, asking friends and family for help finding a mentor, and training independently. I have created a running schedule after reading John Stanton’s Running Start to Finish. The book has been very helpful and has helped me get into the training mind-set. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on heart rate training, cross training, and running injuries. This book contained a lot of helpful advice, and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to improve at running. Ms. Leblond recommended it to me and I am very happy that I got the chance to read it. Up until this week, I was actually on a marathon training schedule in hopes that I may still be able to complete the full marathon. However, this week I have dialed it back to half marathon training and it has been going very well. Because of the weather I have been running inside on the treadmill, but I hope to get back outdoors soon. I have so far not been fruitful in finding a mentor, but I hope that my adjusted goal will allow for me to find a mentor with more ease. I have looked into signing up for the MEC race series, and can still participate in most races except for the 55 km and the 42.2 km races. I have decided to sign up by the race so that I can mix and match road races and trail races to have a variety. Doing these races will help set benchmarks for my training. Most of the races are on Sundays, so it works with my schedule; there are multiple half marathon races available and I am thinking about attempting to do more than one so that I can improve my time. However, as of right now, I am using a four-month training program to get to a two-hour half marathon time. The schedule may change quite a bit in the future, but I hope to stick to it. This week I only trained on Monday and Tuesday (instead of Tuesday and Wednesday) but did not train on Wednesday or Thursday. It has been a busy week and though it may be okay to miss some runs, I definitely need to do my speed and hill runs as well as my endurance runs. I think that making a concrete schedule will help to keep me accountable.
|Monday (rest)||Tuesday||Wednesday (speed and hills)||Thursday||Friday (rest)||Saturday||Sunday (endurance)|
|Week 1||Off||4 k||3 k||4 k||Off||3 k||7 k|
|Week 2||Off||4 k||3 k||4 k||Off||3 k||7 k|
|Week 3||Off||3 k||4 k||3 k||Off||4 k||7 k|
|Week 4||Off||4 k||4 k||4 k||Off||3 k||9 k|
|Week 5||Off||5 k||3 k||5 k||Off||3 k||9 k|
|Week 6||Off||4 k||3 k||4 k||Off||4 k||10 k|
|Week 7||Off||4 k||4 k||4 k||Off||4 k||10 k|
|Week 8||Off||4 k||5 k||4 k||Off||5 k||12k|
|Week 9||Off||4 k||6 k||4 k||Off||5 k||14 k|
|Week 10||Off||5 k||7 k||5 k||Off||6 k||16 k|
|Week 11||Off||5 k||8 k||5 k||Off||6 k||16 k|
|Week 12||Off||5 k||7 k||5 k||Off||6 k||12 k|
|Week 13||Off||6 k||7 k||6 k||Off||6 k||18 k|
|Week 14||Off||6 k||7 k||6 k||Off||6 k||18 k|
|Week 15||Off||6 k||7 k||6 k||Off||6 k||20 k|
|Week 16||Off||10 k||6 k||10 k||Off||3 k||6 k|
Difficulties / Goals
I have had a lot of difficulties finding a mentor, so that has been my biggest goal so far. I know that last year finding a mentor was one of the hardest things, but it made it worth it in the end. I hope that after changing my goals to something more realistic that I will be accepted by a training facility and that I can find a mentor through that facility. Training has also obviously been difficult as it is very time consuming. Instead of spending about an hour a week on in-depth, I am spending close to three hours a week currently. I have not had any issues with the running itself however, but if I do run into problems I will be more prepared after reading about how to optimize running. For this week, I hope to contact running clinics again to see if they will accept me now. I will continue to train, look for possible mentors in the community, and read about training strategies.
A Beautiful Mind
Though I do not have a mentor yet, I found this week’s passage from A Beautiful Mind very interesting. I liked that it included communication strategies like ways of sharing information, offering possibilities, asking questions and making connections with the things around you; these strategies could apply to many types of conversations. I really enjoyed the parts where it stressed the importance of talking about your passions to people who are knowledgeable on the topic, and people who don’t know a lot on the topic. Both situations are learning opportunities for everyone involved and I think that I will keep that in mind the nest time someone asks me about my in-depth project. I am quick to brush off talking to people about topics they may not know a lot about as I think that they wont care very much, but this passage made me realize that it is a learning opportunity for me and the person I am talking to. This week we were asked to try and do the following:
- #6 To find and make connections that link matters together and generates interest.
- #10 To explore, to elaborate and to pull interest out of the matter.
- #3 To use the “what if” statement to get to new lines of thought.
- #2 to ask for clarification whenever you are unclear or in doubt about something the mentor tells you or shows you.
- # 5 to share a personal story that illustrates the conversation topic.
- # 10 to modify an idea to make it more acceptable to yourself and to make it stronger or more practical.
Though I may not be able to use these strategies with my mentor, I can use them while talking to people in everyday life, talking to my old mentor using these strategies, and using these strategies in phone conversations while trying to find a mentor. I think that sharing a personal story that illustrates my passion for running may be very helpful in convincing a running clinic to accept me at my age.
I think that I have made a lot of progress over the past few weeks even though I have re-directed my project again. I am happy that I did make a change to my project because I was having a very hard time with age-restrictions before; I hope that now it will be less of an issue. I am very happy about the training program, it is very exciting for me to be on this journey, already on week two of training! I am very excited for in-depth now that I have found the right parameters for my project; however, I do hope to find a mentor soon as I think that a mentor would be very helpful to the training process. My in-depth project started out rocky with a few project changes happening over the course of the past few weeks; however, I now feel like I am on track to achieving my goal! I hope that everyone’s in-depth projects are going well and that everyone gains something new from their projects!
As I described in the post above, I have had trouble finding a running clinic and a mentor for my in-depth project. However, after visiting some running clinic’s store fronts; I had some success. I am legible for the Kinetic running clinic program as long as an adult accompanies me. I have signed up for the program with my mum and we will start the week after next. I hope to find a mentor through the running clinic, however, a family friend has also offered to mentor me. I would prefer to work with a professional in the community, but I think that someone with reasonable expertise that can keep me accountable would also be good enough. I am very happy that I have remained persistent and found a clinic that works well for me. The advise from the A Beautiful Mind about sharing a personal story that illustrates passions was helpful in convincing the running clinic to accept me at my age. I am very happy that I went into those locations and knew what I was going to say to put my best foot forward and try to join the running clinic. Though the Running Room did not accept me, I think that it just made getting accepted by Kinetic even better. I am very happy with the progress I have made in the last week.
Training has also gone well, though I sometimes skip weekday training I am happy that I have kept up with training on the weekends. I am very excited to soon begin training with a clinic and hopefully I can soon begin to train with a mentor.