"Joggling" through the storm

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"Joggling" through the storm

Postby The Joggler » Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:04 pm

I'm currently training to regain my Guinness World Record for "fastest marathon while juggling three objects" (which now stands at 2:52:15) and I had quite the training run last night. The following is lifted from my new blog, The Bloggling Joggler (http://thejoggler.blogspot.com):

It was a dark and stormy night in Toronto...

And The Joggler was determined to complete his training run.

A big winter storm hit Toronto yesterday. It made news headlines, some of which I wrote myself at work (as a news editor for Captivate Network). After work, I was training a client in the west end, then I planned to joggle home through the downtown core and into the east end where I live.

In the afternoon, my wife called me and strongly urged me not to run home. My client called asking if our session was still on. I was ready to train and ready to run, but little did I know that this would be one of the most difficult joggles ever.

After the training session, I put on my backpack, took out my beanbags and set out for home. As luck would have it, I was heading directly into a 50 km/h headwind with ice pellets and blowing snow, and sometimes a foot of snow on the ground. I had wrongly assumed that shops and restaurants would have ploughed their sidewalks.

With the slippery terrain, I felt like I was running the wrong way on one of those moving platforms you see at airports. Every step forward took me three-quarters of a step back. The wind felt like a sumo wrestler was continually pushing me backward. Plus, the stacks of wet snow on the ground meant the footing was roughly equivalent to running on piles of lumpy, day-old oatmeal mixed with carpenter glue. My feet were juggling as much as my arms.

It took all the concentration in the world to keep juggling. Often I had to jump one way as I reached in the other direction to grab a beanbag that was swept up in a sudden gust of wind. I could barely keep my eyes open because of the ice pellets and snow, but just managed to make out the yellow balls being tossed around by the wind.

To make matters worse, I had no hat. Two days earlier, my trusty toque had fallen into a muddy puddle and I hadn't washed it yet.

As I ran across the Bloor Street Viaduct – a huge wrought iron bridge that spans Toronto's Don Valley – the street lights went dark. A car on the other side of the road drove through such a big puddle that the water sprayed all the way across two lanes of traffic and hit me in the side of the head where my hat should have been.

Over the edge of the bridge, I saw an endless line of cars sitting bumper-to-bumper on the Don Valley Parkway. Despite being partially soaked by the passing car and struggling to move forward as I juggled into the wind, I was very, very happy to not be sitting in a car stuck in a traffic jam. I felt liberated. I also felt kind of insane.

Back at home I got my wife Dianne to snap a photo of me joggling down our street. I need photo documentation of this run – it was a joggle for the ages.

Michal "The Joggler" Kapral

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Postby Jo-Jo » Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:18 pm

Hi Michal..

Hey...I know all about you...but how did you find out about us Maniacs :shock: :D
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Postby BaldGuy » Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:27 pm

Michal, nice to see you here. I've seen you running up Main Street a couple of times in the last year or so, you're really something to see. It would have been an interesting evening for a run before the rain started -- but juggling? You're made of some pretty stern stuff.

thejoggler.blogspot.com wrote:Yesterday's joggling mileage: 10 miles (into a 50 km/h headwind, ice pellets and a foot of snow on the ground)

Equivalent number of miles based on effort: 3,642


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Postby The Joggler » Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:30 pm

I found about you maniacs the same way I've found out everything I know since 1998: Google! Anyway, great to be here.

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Postby HCcD » Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:33 pm

Welcome here, Michal,

Be sure to wear some RM Nation Gear when you set your world record and get published in the World Book of Records, at it would be so cool to see our schwag .... tee hee .... :lol: :oops: bad, bad, HCiD for shameless plugging of RM Nation .... :oops: :P
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Postby Sir Crashalot » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:16 pm

Hey! Heard about you & glad you found your way here!
& a big Welcome!

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Postby ChrisL » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:24 pm


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Postby MINITEE » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:47 pm

Welcome aboard Michal!

I saw you at Scotia Full... looked great!

Hey, be careful around me, apparently I'm a chronically offended kind of person... ;)

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Postby RA. » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:52 pm

TracyW wrote:Welcome aboard Michal!

I saw you at Scotia Full...
Hey, that's what I saw going to say!

Wow, joggling in that wind and snow, you must be a maniac. :D
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Postby CAW » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:30 pm

Hey, hey, hey...now Scotty has an onsite mentor!

Welcome Michal!

Our resident running clown wants to try joggling...he's unicycled 10K or so, and figures he'd like to mix up his repitoire!

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Postby Ed Fizz » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:37 pm

Welcome aboard!!! Saw you at Toronto Waterfront...very cool to see you juggle at that fast pace!!! :D

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Postby dgrant » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:55 pm

Welcome to RM Joggler! You're not our first world record holder, but certainly our most dextrous!

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Postby runjanerun » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:12 pm

Welcome Michal! A bunch of us from Trenton met you after the Zoo Run - and we mentioned at that time that we know friends of yours, Ken and Katrina, who live here.

I must say, I ran the last half of my run in that snow yesterday. It was only 30 minutes but it was not fun. Especially the last part going home when it was into the wind with ice pellets into my face. I cannot imagine trying to juggle through that!! Not that I can imagine even trying to run and juggle at the same time either!

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Postby QuickChick » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:40 pm

Welcome! I have seen you joggling down Lakeshore several times, and of course at Scotiabank. It's great to have you here, and what a great story! You are one tough dude.
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Postby The Joggler » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:53 pm

Wow, what a welcome! What a group!

So who are the other world record holders kicking around here?

If Scotty can unicycle 10K, he should try to break my friend Zach Warren's oine-mile unicycle record: 3 minutes and 26 seconds.

Zach actuallly challenged me to go head-to-head to try to break the record for fastest 8km on stilts. He has a pair of these crazy hands-free stilts that strap onto your shoes like ski boots and let you run at about 3 metres per stride. He told me they are incredibly dangerous but unbelievably fun. Temping, tempting....


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Postby Size5 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:55 pm

Welcome here! When I signed in today I notice that you had joined and I thought "How cool" the famous Joggler is here!!!!

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Postby dgrant » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:30 pm

The Joggler wrote:So who are the other world record holders kicking around here?

I believe "ultrarune" Ryne Melcher holds the record as youngest man to complete 100 ultramarathons. He also competes on Canada's 100km team.

Not a world record holder, but we also have "turtleluc" Luc Cadieux, the 2006 Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon winner.

And (at least) a couple up-and-coming University-age runners in TO and Edmonton...

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Postby Robbie-T » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:03 pm

Cool, I also saw you at Scotia Bank this year.

I've been actually learning how to joggle recently, I'm not very good at all yet, I can only go for a few rotations so far.
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Postby barebuns1 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:26 pm

Welcome, Michal
I think I read about you in Runner's World.
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Postby trixiee » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:01 pm

Welcome! What you are doing just boggles my mind!

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Postby seuss » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:33 am

welcome Michal! good luck in your quest.
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Postby kpoire » Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:32 am

Welcome Michal.

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Postby arestall320 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:19 am

By the sounds of things though the Joggler has just joined up here I think that he's been a Maniac for a long time :D

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Postby The Joggler » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:56 am

Alright then, who wants to learn how to joggle? All you need are three beanbags and the willingness to look like a complete fool.

Robbie-T - this 3-ball juggling tutorial is good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T16_BVIFFPQ

So I'm trying to decide what stunt record to break at Scotiabank this year. Any suggestions? My backwards training isn't quite there yet for a full marathon, so that'll have to wait until 2008.


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Postby Ed Fizz » Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:26 am

My backwards training isn't quite there yet for a full marathon, so that'll have to wait until 2008.

Backwards joggling??? :shock:

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