I won’t be writing much in this blog for the next week or two.
I’m moving out of my home of 22 years on March 1st; it’s a very busy time.
I’m saying goodbye to my husband Paul after 25 years of marriage. That is too long a story to tell, and I respect both his and my own privacy. We are fortunate that we are separating amicably. I wanted to write a few words and show a few photos of him today, partly because he is a constant presence in my Olympic Training Log. As my only training partner in Brussels, Paul was critical in helping me build an astounding endurance base that would get me to the Olympics in spite of multiple injuries and a very restricted amount of running in the months before the Olympics.
Paul and I met in the 1983 Toronto marathon. (He ran almost the whole race with me, but pulled ahead in the final couple of kilometres to beat me 2:38 to 2:40.) However, he was doing his Masters in Kingston, so we didn’t start going out until the following summer.
At Christmastime, 1984, we went to Florida for a very intense training camp with our coach George, my brother Alan and two top runners in our club; Beth Primrose and Lynne Bermel. Unfortunately, my knee was still badly injured from my attempt to prepare for the Olympic Trials marathon held in the spring of 1984, and I could only do huge workouts at the gym in Fort Lauderdale.
Fast forward to 2012: Yesterday was a big packing day with some of my favourite people! You might recognize Alan; he’s still athletic and only has to keep up with his girlfriend Sarah, who is 17 years younger than him.
Endings and Beginnings
In the past couple of years, I’ve had three huge losses:
- My marriage
- My home
- My running career
Yet there have been wonderful beginnings, too, and maybe I’ll write more about them in future posts.
Olympic Training Log
February 27, 1988
Rest day. [Notice how rare these are? A sure clue that a race day is following.]
February 28, 1988
PM: Raced Belgium X-C Champs. Came 4th—pushed hard but ran poorly through ditches, on corners. 5000m. Collard 17:05, Slegers 17:12, Delagrange 17:17, Tinari 17:25. Heel not bad at all but hurt right achilles badly, though calf better—think I pulled it. 6 miles counting warmup, warmdown.
February 29, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 36:54! Felt good and pool not crowded.
PM: Weights—“pull-strength-endurance” plus situps, hamstring curl & extension, cleans, snatches. Worked hard 64 min. Achilles very sore today—one very tender spot on side.
March 1, 1988
AM: Tried to do bike workout but there was too much snow and slush—absolutely miserable day. Did almost 1½ hr easy riding.
AM: Swim 50 lengths 35:42! Felt very energetic because I couldn’t work out yesterday, no kids.
AM-2: Weights—“push-strength-endurance” plus abdomminals on Universal, hamstring curl and leg extension, side leg-raises, backward leg push on Universal, hypers. Worked hard 69 min.
PM: Worked out on weights a bit with Pascal—30 min—mostly just fooling around.
AM: Rode bike to Institute. Ran at excellent pace on 10-mile route with Paul for 40 min—very fast splits. Then did 9 x 500m on path. Times 1:41 on downhill direction, 1:48–1:50 on uphill. Legs really crumpling. Ran back to Institute. About 10½ miles. Rode bike home after lunch. Achilles no worse—heel hardly noticeable.
PM: Did 40-min run starting from house. I was very tired from this morning, completely exhausted by end of run. Minor aches and pains (knees), nothing serious. 6 miles.
March 4, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 38:00, though pool very crowded.
AM-2: Weights—“pull-strength” plus situps, Universal bench leg-raises, hyperextensions. Couldn’t do any leg exercises because of sore knee, also legs totally exhausted from yesterday. Worked hard on arms. 63 min. Very tired today.
This week: 22½ miles running, 1 bike workout, 1 Von Karman bike ride, 3 swims, 3 weight workouts.