Sunday, May 30, 2010

May 30, 2010 - double run!

well, another good sleep had me ready for not one, but two lengthy runs today. a 12.2k in the late morning and a 10.8k in the mid afternoon. great to get out for a run in the cool fresh air, and really nice to enjoy running at Kent's pond, where the baby duckies are so cute!

i also spent several hours cuddling with my lovely cats. I have now had the cats for 3 weeks, and already, i can't imagine how i lived without them. they are officially part, and an important part, of the household! They both want to send out a loud Meow!! to all the blog readers tonight.

well, it's been a great week for me.. here's the stats:

8 days
108 km run
0 timbits
2 garden salads
2 greek salads
3 pounds lost!


May 29, 2010 - sluggish run

i had a much-needed sleep-in on saturday. i lounged around the home for most of the day. it was nice to be home for a weekend after so many road trips in a row! i think my cats were confused as to why i was home all day too.. lol i went out for a light 11.5k afternoon run that i ran at a very gentle pace. my knees were still recovering from a very hilly wednesday run. hoping for another good sleep and a slightly more serious run on sunday.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 26, 2010 - mid week long run

a very hilly 22.3k today with a 10 pound back pack, as i ran straight from work to the doctor, to home. i went at a very slow pace (took me more than 3 hours). but overall, i was pleased that i was able to complete this run as per my game plan. doctor visit went fairly well. after a great lat april and early may, i am back to struggling with depression, energy, and sleeping, but we feel the meds i am on are helping, and that some external factors (such as life challenges) have lead to this recent blip. i am also going to take a closer look at some nutrition plans and see if i can find a way to satisfy my hunger, take in the carbs, protein and sugars i need to remain active, yet find a way to lose weight. should be a fun challenge..

no marathon for me this weekend, but i will likely have some light long runs. after 5 in 34 days, i really need to focus on some recovery scheduling, as i can clearly feel the wear and tear..


Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 23, 2010 - Another Successful Marathon

well, i saved the best for last today as i ran my 5th of 5 marathons in 34 days, which was also my 3rd in 14 days. even on a very tough Halifax course in 22 degree heat, i managed to sneak in at 4.35.54, which was 39 seconds faster than Fredericton - for my fastest of the 5.

i am in complete shock that my strength and endurance levels managed to survive; i am equally as amazed that the legs and knees held out strong. i actually ran the final 2.2k faster than any other 2k split in the entire race. my splits were 64, 68, 70 74. the second half is much hillier though, so this can be considered an equivalent to an even split. as i hit the 3/4 mark, i felt strong and realized i had a shot at a PB for the year, so that became the goal. after walking most of the hill on Maple Drive on the 39th km, i started to pick it up again and sprinted down the hill that lead to the bridge back to Halifax (the run started in Halifax and crossed over to Dartmouth for most of the 2nd half). at the 40k mark, i realized i had exactly 13 minutes to break 4.36, so i bolted it as hard as i could.

i actually collapsed after crossing the finish line out of exhaustion from the big push, but made it back to my feet after a brief rest on the ground. there were over 50 newfoundland runners there today, most of whom ran the half marathon. many said hello to me.

the other highlights of the weekend included an excellent visit with a group of LGBT youth, whom i had spoken to via video conference earlier in the week. To be a guest speaker at a high school is another nice feather in my cap, which shows that the education system has confidence in my ability to teach the facts about transsexualism, and to do so in a manner that is understandable and suitable for a teen audience. i spoke to 400 students last week, and then met up with about 15 of the core LGBT student group yesterday in person at a restaurant. Also present was an english teacher and the school health coordinator, who is also a 2 time boston marathoner and who initially got in touch with me to set up the events.

I also had a long visit with my father yesterday, and had a chance to discuss some important family business. the weather was nice so i had a lovely walk around Halifax harbourfront and the famous Halifax public gardens., where there is a massive tree that was planted in 1939 as a spud by King George the VI. Ahh, Halifax. my original home town. it's been 27 years since i lived there, and i am starting to think that it might be time for me to try to find a way to get work there, and get back home. i love it there.

well, hard to believe that 2 months ago, i was doubting whether i could even finish 1 marathon this year, let alone 5 in 34 days. it's definitely exciting that i managed to repeat what i did last year (when i ran 5 in 30 days). my times were much slower this year, but at least i can still do it. it's bitter sweet though to see my health and fitness levels so low. i really hope that i am able to find a way to get back into good shape. it's sucks finishing at the back of the pack after being at the front just 2 years ago. oh well, i am going to work my butt off and plan to take a serious shot at a BQ late this summer or early in the fall.

for those keeping score:

04/19/10 Boston Marathon 5.16.55
04/25/10 Big Sur Marathon 4.49.49
05/09/10 Fredericton Marathon 4.36.33
05/16/10 Mississauga Marathon 4.56.03
05/23/10 Halifax Marathon 4.35.54

average 4.51

last year's 5 in a month challenge:

04/18/09 Charlottesville Marathon 4.59.33
04/20/09 Boston Marathon 4.28.29
04/26/09 Waterloo Marathon 4.30.33
05/10/09 Mississauga Marathon 4.08.53
05/17/09 Halifax Marathon 4.08.33

average 4.27


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010 - depressing week

well, it's been a very emotionally-upsetting week for me. seems some life-long associate(s) just can't get used to the fact that i am no longer living life as a cis-gendered man. I have been Jennifer for more than 2 years now and people just need to stop their whining. Yes, i understand that i left a 33 year legacy as a well-liked man, but that ended in 2007. So get used to it and move onward and upwards folks. I make no apologies for who i am or the steps i have taken to deal with gender dysphoria. I have made decisions that i know are right for me and that have been recommended by a huge team of competent medical professionals. I am moving on and my life has never been better. if you are stuck in 2007 and can't keep up, you will be abandoned in my wake. this goes for anyone.. family, friends, aquaintances, enemies... etc... i have no time for intolerance and indignity. if you are struggling to understand what transsexualism is about, then take steps to learn how to deal with it. the internet is full of wonderful resources and i would be happy to point you in the right direction.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 16, 2010 - Mississauga Marathon #4

well, today i ran my 4th consecutive Mississauga Marathon. i started out strong but faded quickly, not surpringly, as i entered the run with a worn-out body. i battled leg/knee pain, exhaustion, and the heat, but adjusted my pace accordingly and managed to finish in fairly good shape. the most important thing was to save enough for next weekend's run, which will be my 5th marathon in 34 days. today, i ran a 4.56.03, quarter-splitting as such: 63, 70, 81, 82 minutes. it's still humbling to finish near the back of the pack, after finishing so high 2 years ago, but i seem to be handling the emotions of this better. i'm just so happy to be finishing all these runs, given that 2 months ago, completing a 30k run almost killed me!

A big congrats to Newfoundland's own Allison Hobeika, who ran her first marathon in nearly 3 years today. She was the overall female winner of today's race! i'm sure this will be big news back at home.


Friday, May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010 - Blue Bunny has a new friend!

Hehe, looks like Blue Bunny and Dasher the cat are getting along! Well, the cats have survived 4 days now without wrecking the place. it's great that they seem comfortable in their new home. Jenn

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 - More Meowing!

Meow everybody! This is Dasher the cat. I am typing Jennifer's blog for her today. I had a great time playing with this football this afternoon with my brother Danny. We are really enjoying out new house. Jennifer is a very good mommy. She feeds us, gives us fresh water, cleans our poop out of the litter box, and gives us lots of cuddles and belly-rubs! Jennifer is having a good week so far. She is still on an emotional high after running an amazing Fredericton Marathon. She is also in high spirits as she remains really excited to have us two cats as her new roommates. Jenn has taken it rather easy this week. She ran 13k on tuesday but only walked yesterday and today. Anyway, i am going to go take a cat nap, so i think i will sign off for now. Purrrrr!!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010 - Danny and Dasher - photo shoot!

Danny and Dasher the cats are already starting to get used to their new home. They love the couch in the living room with the nice blankets on it. Dasher also loves to take a nap under the couch! They are both very friendly cats who seem very happy and comfortable here. They also both love to cuddle with me! It's going to be quite the exciting experience for me to have these two cats. They are only 3 years old so they should live for a long long time! Jenn

May 10, 2010 - Candace Sutherland Interview uploaded

On Saturday morning, i met up with Candace Sutherland, who is in the process of running across Canada to raise money for charity. We turned on the video camera for about 25 minutes of our 2 hour meeting. The footage can now be seen here:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four


Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 9, 2010 - near perfect marathon!

I just got back from a last-minute trip to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where i ran my 3rd marathon in 20 days, in a time of 4.36.33. This run was literally near perfect. I ran quarter splits of 69, 69, 69.5, and 69 minutes! I just missed a negative split by 25 seconds, as the hill at the end was unexpected and slowed me down. Overall, a very strong run at exactly the pace i had hoped i could run. The energy levels were not great, as the long travel day the night before from Newfoundland, combined with a rough night of sleep, left me sluggish at the start, but i gained strength as i went on, and probably ran the strongest second half, and definitely the strongest final quarter i have ever run.

Now sure, running a 4.36.33 doesn't compare to the 3.16.59 i ran 2 years ago, but looking at the circumstances of having hormone and sex change, combined with the extra body weight, and the fact that this was 3 marathons in 20 days, i can't help but feel amazed at how well the run went. this really has me fired up and i am really looking forward to getting right back out there next weekend and the weekend after that to make it 5 marathons in 34 days, almost equivalent to the 5 in 30 days i did last year.

i think i am finally starting to get marathon ready. strangely enough, these three runs represent 3 of the only 4 LSD runs i have had since september. so i really entered Boston untrained. what i really need to do is keep up the momentum. these next two will likely be treated as training runs, with hopes to shave off a few minutes more (i'd love to run a 4.29 next week on the flat Mississauga course). then i will have to do whatever it takes to get into better shape so i can take a serious crack at a 3.45.59 late in the summer.


Friday, May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010 - update

well, it's been a restful week for me. just 24.7k so far. but the rest is good, as my big news is that i will be running 3 more marathons this month! more details to follow...


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5, 2010 - Meow!!!!

Well, i am very excited to announce that my household will officially be expanding next week. Dasher and Danny have been living at the local animal shelter for quite some time, and i have agreed to take them on. they are 'suspected' to be brothers, but they are not quite sure.. lol they are very friendly cats that love to be cuddled, so i am quite certain that they will be a good fit for me.

Anyway, it's been a rather light week for me so far. 15k on sunday, off monday and tuesday, and 9.70 today.. no swimming this week yet.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2, 2010 - 5k race, of sorts

well, i ran the Burton Pond 5k road race with Kim today. Kim has been dealing with some serious headache and dizziness problems so we just took it slow and gentle out there. we fed the ducks before the race, which was fun. after the race, i hit the course on my own and gave it my all in a 5k training run, my unofficial burton's pond 5k, if you will. i ran the course in 28.28. i felt pretty good considering i had just run a light 5k with kim in 43.51 and considering i had run two marathons in the past 13 days.

well, i have officially decided to run at least 1 marathon in may, and possible more, depending on my ability to secure cheap plane tickets! Fredericton is in, and Mississauga, Halifax, and Ottawa are all on the radar.


May 1, 2010 - Snubbed by 2010 Gay Games Cologne

Well, the Gay Games 2010 in Cologne Germany have officially snubbed me and many other early-stage transitioners from competing. they have refused to let me compete in the female division, nor are they willing to create a transsexual category. It's either run as male or don't run. So much for inclusion and acceptance! BOYCOTT the Gay Games folks!!!

Although they are not requiring full sex reassignment surgery, or even gonadectomy, they do require a minimum of 2 years of hormone therapy. As of the start of the Gay Games, i will technically fall 2 weeks short of 2 years on estrogen, hence, i will technically not quite make their cut off. i suppose i could go and try to argue my case, but that's not the point. this is not about me. it is about inclusion and acceptance of all, and if they are going to ask even 1 transwoman to compete as a male, then this is a place that i don't want to be.

I find it ironic that i have recently been asked to deliver a presentation about homophobia in sport. Now i will get to talk about transphobia in sport within the gay sports community. How sad!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

April 30, 2010 - month end report

well, the last few days have been rough as i have been dealing with some lower back pain. This has severely limited my running. Then again, after running 2 marathons n 6 days, a rest is probably a good thing.

well, we are officially 1/3 of the way thru the year. my training stats are way down, but that's ok. i managed to complete the two marathons that i had pencilled in on my to do list...

jan 271.60
feb 205.90
Mar 258.80
Apr 213.70
year so far running 950.00 km

Jan 32.0
Feb 20.0
Mar 07.9
Apr 05.2
year so far swimming 65.10 km

the best news is that after a challenging couple of months, my mood, confidence levels, and ambition levels seem to be back at a high level. With May right around the corner, it is going to be my plan to at least 1 more spring marathon. Perhaps more!

i am looking forward to the the spring running season and will also try to work extra hard over the summer to try to get myself into better shape for a serious fall marathon where i will attempt to get myself a 2011 Boston Marathon qualification.

should be a fun challenge!