Beat the Blerch! (For Real this Time!)

Blerch. What is that? Is it a noise? Is it a creature? It’s both those things. But let’s recap!

Friday I took advantage of the gorgeous vancouver weather and ran Central park. I took this prime opportunity to test out the Brooks Transcend.

The latest Stability shoe from Brooks!
The latest Stability shoe from Brooks!

I was so excited I was able to get a pair of these. I had heard many positive things about this shoe and was even more happy when i learned they were classified as a stability shoe! I often find most of the shoes I want are neutral but I unfortunately need more support..or orthoditics. I’ll take a better photo of them . I love how the support doesn’t look like my regular shoes.

Saturday I ran the BMO St Patrick’s 5k.

Thanks Underarmour for this wonderful top!
Thanks Underarmour for this wonderful top!

Although I enjoyed the race and had a wonderful time I recall why I actually don’t like to run 5k officially. I find they are quite crowded. Not as bad as the Sun Run mind you but it’s hard to pass people whilst running the seawall.

I had good time, felt good afterward and proceeded to head out to Richmond for some practicum work.

Finally today I went out for a LSD (long slow distance) run. Close to `15k in under 2 and half hours. Not bad considering I’ve neglected my training. It was a beautiful day in Burnaby and I was joined by my awesome running partner CJ. I definitely feel like I have my groove back!

I will defeat the Blerch!
I will defeat the Blerch!

I’m going to be honest I’m getting a little worried about April. Up until today I’ve been neglecting my long runs. I keep saying I’ll go…and then I just don’t. I keep managing to find excuses. The Blerch has gotten the best of me. But it’s also inspired me

A few months ago my favourite comic writer The Oatmeal wrote a comic entitled “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons I run Long Distances” It went viral. I even got a chance to meet him at Chapters and got him to sign a copy of his latest book

We chatted about running and running watches. It was great
We chatted about running and running watches. It was great

Since this comic has come out he even made Blerch shirts. For the record The Blerch is a fat cherub that follows you and tells you to stop. My friend CJ even got me the Blerch tech shirt

Turns out it’s been such a success Matthew Innman (The Oatmeal) is creating a Beat the Blerch 10k,Half and Full Marathon this September. The registration opens Monday. I am going to do everything in my power to get into this race.

Especially for the fact that Blerches chase you and you get cake.

I will beat the Blerch. I will get out there and run like the wind!

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