Friday, July 29, 2011

The Second Wind

We all know the feeling. We've all run a long race before. The second wind. The feeling you get in the middle of a long run that gives you the power to speed up; the feeling that relaxes your body; the feeling you look forward to in every race. Typically seen in more extensive forms of exercise, the second wind is rare because it rewards the body with a new breath of air after an athlete has run out of such air. Such air we need every day. Such air we live with. Such air we run with.

Although second wind is a well-known running term, it is also commonly confused with gas escaping the back side of one's body. Saying that, if someone produces a "second wind" while running with you, they've obviously already released a "first wind", so I would suggest you either take the lead, or stop running with this person. C'mon, that's common knowledge.

I bring this topic up because track season is coming to a close. Cross country training will begin shortly and the importance of a second wind (insert your own definition here) is key. The ability to take advantage of this burst of energy can make a big difference in the outcome of a race, especially if you're at the front of the pack during your second wind (insert your own definition here).

I'm here to teach you.
Scotty D

Friday, July 22, 2011

The End of Something Beautiful

You know that feeling on a really nice sunny day when you just wanna go outside but can't because you have to clean the kitchen first? Or when that girl you've had your eye on for weeks texts you inviting you over late at night but you can't go because you have to be up early the next morning? Or when your favourite TV show is on but you can't see it because your brother's already watching a different show?

Me neither. But I bet it sucks.

Just like when I wanna run but I can't because my foot hurts. "You're such a wuss", "Be a man", and "Suck it up, bitch" are a few different statements that were directed at me from the boys at Lions. But I just ignore them 'cause that's what my mom always tells me to do when I'm confronted by bullies. Hope to be back up and running soon.

As for the facial hair, this is goodbye. After four short weeks, I've come to the conclusion that I need to move on in my life. This was just a phase, and although it was worth it, some things in life are better kept as memories. So holla, Scotty's back. Please admire who I am today before you see who I will become tomorrow.

Happy July!

Love Scott

Saturday, July 9, 2011

What's A Sport?

Running is one of those sports that's so perfect it may as well be called the king of all sports. Do you need a bike? Do you need water? Do you need a racket? Do you need protective gear? Do you need a ball? No, all you need is pure speed from the core of your body. You can even do it with an ipod, mp3 player, or walkman if they still make those..

Our sport is your sport's punishment. Our sport is what everyone else hates doing. But I'm okay with that cause I hate playing baseball, and soccer is pretty lame too. Here's the thing, running is incorporated in almost every sport with the exception of swimming and curling*. You have to be fit to do any sport competitively; you have to be able to run.

As I move on from my very bias opinion of running, I will now discuss what it takes to be a sport. Yea, I'm talking about what constitutes a sport as a sport. My brother Sam (http://www.mtlivin.blogspot.com/) believes there to be 3 different types of sports out there.

The "goal sports" such as hockey or soccer where two teams must score goals on each other. This usually includes nets, and/or protective gear, and/or goalies, and/or trash talking.

The "point sports" such as tennis or volleyball where two teams or players must score points on the opponent. This usually includes a net in the middle of a court or field, and ideally, half-naked women running around in the sun.

The "racing sports" such as swimming or running where it's literally a race to the finish. This usually includes a track, or specific enclosed area enabling the audience to see competitors up close. Exceptions: NASCAR, Kentucky Derby.

So where does curling fit in here? Some could argue it's one of the "point sports", sure I'll somewhat agree with that. But what about diving? Or figure skating? Or weight-lifting? These. Aren't. Sports. I'd be happy to hear other people's opinions but as far as I'm concerned, these are activities that just so happen to appear in the Olympics.

That's all I have to say. Thank you.
skype --> sc.donald

Monday, July 4, 2011

Races Are Overrated

Alright so my races yesterday were jokes. And when I say jokes, I mean Vince came up to Mickey and I at the end of the 1500 saying, "Umm, okay that was interesting." then right after my mom asked, "Wanna explain why I came all the way from the cottage to watch that race?"

We paced Felix Zhu to a nice 4:23 personal best in the 15. In the 800 with just over a lap to go the announcer screamed, "Let's go Mickey you gotta pick up the pace!" We were left with a 2:01, not much to say there. Training tonight to make up for the lack of performance.

This one goes out to all ma homies that ain't got no dough to pay the billz, but they got the speed to outrun any hustla

Runnin' round town not just cruisin on the track,
I take an easy lead and don't keep with the pack.
But someone once told me I got the build for competition,
With my mind on the money avoiding superstition,

I rock the socks and the shorts with my swagger,
Sometimes no shirt just to show off my Schwarzenegger.
That's a reference to muscles and the arms I've got on me,
Yea they call me Hilfiger and my first name's Tommy.

Asics keep me goin hard when I'm feelin kinda lazy,
But runnin's 90 percent mental and 10 percent crazy.
The fans are the best they keep the cheers right on me,
They'll be chantin 'go donald' no more crap like 'go pre'.

It's tough though ya know there's a lotta expectation,
When I win a race like that it takes determination.
But that's why I go hard when I see what I can strive for,
I go running every day cause this is what I'd die for.

I'd love to give you an update on my facial hair but it's really hard to take a good selfie. Respect to all the ladies out there that get 'er done on a daily basis, nice selfies take a certain kind of skill.

Keep on rockin in the free world
S.D.