Tuesday, October 26, 2010

x400 Intervals and Election Results

Actual pace graph from today
Here's today's plan for my running:

  • Dynamic Stretching
  • 1.5 mi wu + 6x400M @ 3K w/3 min recovery between sets (walk or jog lightly, do not stand still or your legs wil get tight) + 1 mi cd
  • weights
  • HCC
I'm going to warm-up and run at a local school - I wonder if I will have any problems ... if so I will run on the road coming back!  These will be my first real track repeats!

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This lady won as Mayor of the city I live in - it happens to be the 6th most populous city in Canada with about 730,000 people.  It's a suburb of Toronto, but it has it's own little center of life as well.

In politics AGs don't matter.  This lady is 89 years old and she won with over 75% of the popular vote!  She supports sports and fitness.  And she wants to run the city as a business.  When she was a kid, she played on a professional women's hockey team.

Probably the most amazing thing is that she's been re-elected for her 12th (twelfth) term as mayor!!!!  She's been mayor for 31 years!

Her name is Hazel McCallion, but we all call her Hurricane Hazel! 



19 comments:

Ewa said...

What a wonderful mayor you have! Folks like her inspire me to keep being active. Totally amazing.

Luke said...

Wow 31 years.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

31 years! Does she have a son or daughter to take over after her ala the Daleys here in Chicago?

Nicole said...

I like that... and sounds like a decent way to run a city if you want it to be successful. Have fun at the track... I just started doing intervals once a week. They're not very exciting, but leave me feeling accomplished at the end.

ShutUpandRun said...

I want to be her when I grow up.

Johann said...

Hazel is super and inspiring. Wow, speed intervals...you are a serious runner now. I can't remember when I last did that. I'm impressed.

Molly said...

Hazel sounds awesome! And, um, way better than the guy who won in Toronto - my friends there are tearing their hair out over that one.

Rae said...

Good luck with your first track workout!

Hazel must be an awesome mayor!

Andrew Opala said...

Molly: The guy in Toronto is sorta hard to defend.

He's a lot like the guy in a company that everyone is afraid to deal with and really has no job, but he's left on the payroll to push through that special project now or then - because he doesn't really care what people think of him.

He definitely has more character flaws that I would find acceptable in a man in that position. Plus he seems to be rash and emotional at times. But the voters have spoken. Maybe they thought they were voting for "Henry" Ford.

Adrienne said...

Speed workouts! Yay for Hazel--you go girl!

Spike said...

I am in love with Hurricane Hazel. Please do not tell the Redhead.

Quinton J said...

I miss Hazel having moved out of that region this year. And support fitness? Hazel is older than running.

FruitFly said...

"Hurricane Hazel" - seems like a fitting name!

termite said...

wow! she's amazing! love it!

:)

RockStarTri said...

Nice workout. 400s hurt but they sure make you faster!

Chris K said...

Whoa, crazy politics in Canada. That is awesome. Nice job on the intervals too. Looks like you got one tough Coach.

Anne said...

Wow...Hurricane Hazel seems like quite the lady!

BTW Andrew, you should totally go for the longer distances...you'll see, it's just a different kind of training. You can do it!
So, when's your first half-marathon? :)

Karen R said...

What a neat lady! She is one who is NOT wasting her life - that is awesome. No wonder they call her "hurricane".

Thanks for sharing!

Adam said...

I love how the speed graphs look for interval work. Up down up down.

That mayor is AWESOME. I'd vote for her