Race weekend and Vagabonding

The Calgary Marathon events were held this past weekend. I was at the Marathon Expo on Saturday and helped out at the MitoCanada booth for a few hours. I was also lucky to catch the elite panel Q&A.

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There were some great results out there, but I would like to especially acknowledge Trevor Hofbauer for lining up with Canada’s best and posting a huge PB of 1:07:22 in the Half Marathon. Trevor is young, his performances seem to be improving by quantum leaps with each race, and so I believe Trevor’s impressive results are but a glimpse of what is coming. It’s fun to rally around the home town hero and cheer him towards his dreams. Go Trevor!

Today marks the four week anniversary of unemployment and quite frankly I have been more productive in the last month than in the previous six. In “Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel”, Rolf Potts describes the ritual of the “walkabout”:

“Culturally, the walkabout ritual is when Aborigines leave their work for a time and return to their native lifestyle in the outback. On a broader and more mythical level, however, walkabout acts as a kind of remedy when the duties and obligations of life cause one to lose track of his or her true self. To correct this, one merely leaves behind all possessions (except for survival essentials) and starts walking.”

Although I won’t be leaving all the luxuries of home, the next seven weeks will serve as a walkabout of sorts. Most people have expressed fascination about my upcoming travel travel plans. Some have also revealed their own deep fears about money and financial security. I can relate to their fears. No matter how it happens, going from a good income to no income is a big shock to the system. That loss triggered a primal fear in me so intense that I was paralyzed with panic and regret for at least a week. It turns out those awful feelings were really just the symptoms of shedding the false believe that money has the ability to sustain me. It just ain’t true. I like this quote attributed to Helen Keller:

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Running for the week ending May 31 (total = 69k):

  1. Monday: 11k easy
  2. Tuesday: 12k workout
    • Started with a 3:55k, 3:40k to try out some faster running
    • 7 x 1 minute Curling Club hill
  3. Wednesday: 12k trail running with Alan Lam et al. (Moose Mountain)
  4. Thursday: 10.5k easy
  5. Friday: 13.5k workout (7 x 830 metre Centre Street hill)
  6. Saturday: 10k easy
  7. Sunday:  Hike Wasootch Ridge with Pierre
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