Week 3 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

Week three of my 16 week training program for the Ottawa Marathon is nearly complete. Due to heavy snowfall and limited visibility this afternoon I missed out on today’s run. I’ll finish the week with a final run tomorrow.

This week’s plan called for 61 km (38 miles). Right now I have done 45 km this week. Tomorrow’s run will leave me close to the 60 km I ran last week.

This week was another good week of training. I started off the week with an easy 18 km run on Sunday and managed to get in a tempo run Tuesday and another round of speed intervals last night.

Speaking of the speed intervals, this is certainly the earliest I have incorporated speed intervals in a marathon training cycle. I will also likely end up completing the most speed interval sessions I have ever done in a marathon training cycle. It remains to be seen whether this will make a difference on race day in May but so far these extra speed intervals have me feeling more more confident about my training.

With week 3 nearly out of the way it means I only have 13 more of these updates to write before race day. Week four kicks off with a 14 mile (22 km) run on Sunday.

How did your training go this week?

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