In-depth Post #4: Jogging the Path Less Travelled

03/03/17

Updates and Changes

I have joined a running clinic at Kinetic in Port Moody, however, I have found out this week that because I have joined the half marathon program, it does not start until April 29th. Once I join, I will go running twice a week with a professional and a group. As a part of the program, a professional will also help me figure out what gear works best for me while training and racing. I really like that extra add on, I think that it will be very helpful to know what gear is best for my needs an price range. I once had a bad experience using a pair of shoes that were too small for me while jogging and some of my toenails fell of as a result; I hope to avoid that situation in the future.

Progress Report

I have been lagging behind a bit with my training. I have not had as much time lately to go running. For the past two weeks instead of running 4-5 times a week I am only running 2-3 times a week. I still do at least one day of hills for strengthening my legs and one day of distance to build up my endurance; however, I have not been doing all of my speed training. I am not happy that I have not done as much as I wanted to over these past two weeks; but on the other hand it has been very busy and it has been difficult to find an hour a day or more to jog. I think that my pace is still pretty good, and by focusing a bit more on strengthening my legs now, I will be able to run faster in the future.

I have continued to look for mentors through family friends and the running clinic but have not found people who are willing. Training for a half-marathon is very time-consuming and it is a difficult process. It is difficult to find someone who is willing to basically train a long side me. I am pretty sure that once I begin the running clinic however, that the professional there would be willing to be my mentor. When I went to the store front I talked to some of the trainers there and asked if they could mentor me before the clinic starts, but was unsuccessful. Most trainers are very busy and could use the same time mentoring to instead mentor a paying client. It has been disappointing to come up empty handed once again, however, I am hopeful that a family friend may be able to guide me or that I will get a mentor once the running clinic starts.

Difficulties / Goals

Though running is an individual sport, there are a lot of benefits to training with a partner or in a group such as: keeping each other accountable, giving each other helpful advice from observations running together, and being able to relate to at least one other person who is going through the training process as well. I think that my experience is not as rich as it could be as, right now, I am going through the training process by myself. I think that by finding some friends to train with, at the very least, would be helpful. Ideally, I would find a mentor that I could train with; that would be extremely helpful. I think that right now, I am struggling with my speed training and have hit a rut; I am not improving as much as I would like in that area and I think that running with someone who has insight on the issue may help. Though I have read about the topic, it is difficult to put it in practice all the time.

I have planned to partake in some of the MEC running series races as a part of my training; however, most of the race dates coincide with practice hike days for adventure trip. Though I also get good exercise through practice hikes, it is not the same as training. This is frustrating, however, there is very little I can do about this issue. I think that the best thing to do is go to as many races as I can and adjust to do similar distances as the races on different days around the same time for a similar effect when there is a practice hike.

A Beautiful Mind

Though I do not have a mentor, I have used de Bono’s suggestions to try and convince people to be my mentor. When talking to the trainers at Kinetic, I asked them many questions about their profession and about how to train properly. I believe that asking them questions and listening has helped me gain more knowledge, but it has also helped me to form a deeper connection with them. I asked a lot of “fishing” questions to try and start interesting conversations. Through the conversations I learned more about the proper footwear for different types of running (trail running versus running on the street) and I learned that proper nutrition for training may actually look markedly different from person to person and that I need to find what works best for me and my training program. Different trainers had different outlooks on running as a sport and it was interesting to see how people can have so many different perspectives about the same topic. I really enjoyed the section of the reading this week that asked us to look at how we ask questions, how effective we are at asking questions, and suggested creative strategies to asking questions. This type of metacognitive thinking is something that I rarely get the chance to do and I think this reflection on my communication skills, especially how I ask questions, has really helped me to become more specific about my questions. I usually ask fishing questions, and this upcoming week, I want to aim to ask more shooting questions by using some of the strategies listed in the book. My favourite strategy is: #11 Ask a multiple choice question. Was this useful? I like this because I would have never thought to pose a question verbatim as a multiple choice and I am curious to see how realistic it is to do so.

 

I hope that everyone is doing well with their in-depth projects, I cannot wait to read all of your blog posts and see your final products!

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