Tuesday, September 29, 2015

One race left to run

I've only got one race left to run on my bucket list. It's a big one that's very far outside my comfort zone .  But I'll have 3 years to plan and train...I have it scheduled for 2018.  The race?   The Haliburton Forest 100 Miler.


I want to run this race in 2018 to celebrate turning 60.  I looked into other extreme races like the Gobi Desert March and the Death Valley Race.  I seriously considered the Gobi Desert March, even shared the idea with Sally.  "Make sure your life insurance is paid up" she said.  I shuddered, came to my senses and agreed that running 250+ km's across a desert in China over 7 days wasn't a good idea for me.

'Haliburton Forest 100 Miler' has a nice ring to it.  It's an extreme challenge for sure.  By then I'll probably be able to stream the entire experience on YouTube which should be cool for about 10 minutes at the start and another 10 minutes at the finish.  I'm not sure yet how to properly train and prepair for a 100 mile trail race.  I'm all ears for suggestions so don't be shy. If you want to join me, all the better. Stay tuned over the next few years for updates.

Until next time...
ThatRunninGuy


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Don't hold your breath

Don't hold your breath!  And breathe from your stomach versus your chest.  Those are the two pieces of advice that will have the biggest impact on your running.  OK, the first one you can ignore!

Back in broadcasting school, we were taught a breathing technique called 'Diaphramatic Breathing'. Basically breathing by moving your stomach in and out.  In that less politically correct time, our instructor had us stand up against a wall, placed his hand on each of our stomachs in turn and have us practice moving our stomach in and out by inhaling and exhaling.  That's a hands-on approach that wouldn't play today in any class room but it sure was effective.  I wasn't running then but once I started I experienced the value of breathing from the stomach versus my chest.

Fast forward to earlier this year.  I started Planking.  And almost immediately I noticed a marked improvement in my breathing as my ab muscles have gotten stronger.  I've noticed I can run faster, harder and longer without 'loosing my breath'.  I may not be running any faster but I'm enjoying my running more than ever.  I found this chart recently that goes into more detail on the value or proper breathing.  Don't hold your breath!


Until next time...
ThatRunninGuy

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Mobile Marketing Moment

In every business there is 'The Moment'.  The timeline chart is called the Hockey Stick...it's that point-in-time when the growth tips over and experiences very steep growth.  It appears we are there with Mobile:



I was chained to my Desktop once.  That's now a long, long time ago.  More recently I've enjoyed the mobility of my laptop...but was still chained to it.  For the past year it's been Smartphone all the way. 70 - 80% of all my online interactions are mobile.  And that's why Google changed their Search Algorighm to favour Mobile so heavily.  Are you ready?

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Chris M Morales

MarCommTO

chris.morales@bell.net
647 393 3855
Linkedin:  Chris M Morales 

The opinions expressed on this blog are my own and are not associated with any other group or organization

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Optimal Running Form

A lot of has been written about the optimal running form.  I began as a heel striker and ran that way for many, many years.  25 years into running I made the switch to forefoot running.  Forefoot running is not my ideal running form as I learned too late.  Plus I made the switch too quickly.  The result:  3 years of injuries including broken bones in my right foot...twice!

So what's the optimal running form?  Midfoot landing.  And no it's not a compromise between forefoot and heel strike.  If you believe the science behind it, it does make sense as the optimal running form for human runners  



I've been running with the midfoot landing running form since early this year and have enjoyed some physical benefits:
  • No injuries.  Touch wood...
  • Less pain.  I can do a hard track or hill workout one day and still run smoothly and comfortably the next day
  • I run faster.  I'm back to low 8 minutes per mile pace
  • My knees feel absolutely fine after any length run
I can't stress this enough:  I'm running without injuries.  

The physcological benefits?  Really only one for me:  I feel like a real runner!


Until next time...
ThatRunninGuy

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Canadians using the Internet to catch up on News

Are the days of the 6 pm TV news numbered?

These days people get 'Breaking News' via the Internet but still turn to TV for deeper analysis and a POV on how the news will affect them.  So for now, TV news seems safe especially for those news producers who've embraced deeper and different news content on their web sites.



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Chris M Morales

MarCommTO

chris.morales@bell.net
647 393 3855
Linkedin:  Chris M Morales 

The opinions expressed on this blog are my own and are not associated with any other group or organization

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Abs Deuce 2

I'll take 2 please
I thought I saw 2 this morning.  Abs that is.

I'm impressed with how well they're fighting to be uncovered from under these layers of 'tummy fat'.  I'm working hard to set them free with higher intensity workouts, Planks and if I get the energy, Boot Camp.  Everyonce in a while I slip though and overconsume at meals, dip into salty snacks and more beers than I should.  They don't like that and withdraw quickly after one of my binges.  I feel guilty making them work so hard but they've had over 50 years of slacking so I don't feel too bad for them.

There is an upside.  The biggest benefit from focusing on strengthening my abdominal muscles has been my breathing.  I'm able to run harder and faster and recover more quickly while still running at a good clip.  Heck, last week I broke an 8 minute mile for the first time in years!  That felt really good.

So Larry...look out.  I'm determined not to come in second in our two person Ab Competition when we meet up in Negril for Reggae Marathon.

Until next time...
ThatRunninGuy

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Social Media Facts

Social Media before the Internet was one-to-one marketing:  You asked a friend for a referral or recommendation. Fast forward and its the same underlying principal.  It seems we all look for recommendations from other users/customers to help us make a purchase decision:  




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Chris M Morales

MarCommTO

chris.morales@bell.net
647 393 3855
Linkedin:  Chris M Morales 

The opinions expressed on this blog are my own and are not associated with any other group or organization

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Want to run faster? Drive a Ferrari


I drove a Ferrari on a race track recently and I'm still grinning ear-to-ear.  And I now have the secret to running faster. Seriously!

Nothing prepares you for strapping into the drivers seat of a 480 hp, $200,000+ Ferrari 430.  Before getting in you stare at the V8 Engine on display through the back glass. Yep...the engine is on full and resplendent display 'under glass'.  And a beast it is with the two Ferrari Red valve covers on display.

Once inside the car, the fit is...perfect.  The only adjustment is the seat adjustment: forward and back to get the right position for your hands on the wheel at 9 and 3...the only position you will need. This is the most comfortable car I've ever been in!

Press start!  The Big Red Button on the Steering Wheel.  The engine jumps to life with a lovely rumbling sound.  You will not need to turn the radio on!  Set vehicle dynamic selector to Sport or Race. These positions speed up the gear changes, tighten up the suspension to basically Go Kart...basically kidney rattling.  But the track is as smooth as a billiard table. It really is the best place to drive a car like a Ferrari.  Watch out for the curbs...those are seriously bone rattling!

Pull back on the right paddle to select 1st gear then roll onto the gas as you release the brakes.  Then you're off and running...



So what does this have to do with running?  Focus.  Driving a fast car designed to go really, really fast requires 100% concentration.  It doesn't mean you have tunnel vision...quite the contrary, you focus on where you want the car to go but periphal vision keeps you alert to things going on around you.  

By focus, what I mean is the total focus on the task at hand...getting down the straight as fast as possible, negotiating the corners as smoothly as possible all while working to keep all four wheels on the track.

That's what racing of any type is all about isn't it.  The anticipation before a long race is great.  Then once the race starts and you settle in the mind has a tendancy to wonder.  You loose focus on the task at hand: running as fast and as smoothly as you can adjusting all the time to the conditions around you.  

So 3 hot laps in a fast car is what it took to turn me into a faster runner.  I always knew one day I'd link my love of Ferraris with my love of racing.

I would be remiss if I didn't thank my three sons for allowing me the opportunity to drive this Ferrari 430 on a race track.  They know I love cars...especially Ferrari's.  Years and years ago while on a trip to Australia of all places, while walking through a Model car store, they bought me a Ferrari Formula One car...with their own money!  I still have that car!  Last Christmas their present was a voucer for 3 laps around a race track in a Ferrari 430.  Thanks Court, Andrew, Holden.

And if you want a blast from the past, here is the post I wrote way back in 2008 about my first time sitting inside a Ferrari:  I have died and gone to heaven.

Until next time...
ThatRunninGuy