Week 9 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

Week nine of my 16 week training for the Ottawa Marathon is nearly complete. So far I have completed 58 km (36 miles). Tomorrow I am contemplating getting in my second 30 + km run of my training schedule which would put me at over 80 km for the second week in a row. Normally I would be scheduled to get in that run next weekend but I am running a half-marathon next weekend.

Week nine started off with the first of my 32 km (20 miles) training runs. The run started off on my own for the first 10 km. I was then joined joined by a couple of friends for the rest of the run which seemed to make the distance go by quicker.

This week I did not get any speed work in but I did get in a couple of runs at marathon pace. I also kept up with my now regular Tuesday night hills run. The runs made week nine feel like another solid week of training.

Since I am likely doing my long run tomorrow I’ll likely kick off week ten with a 10-12 km run on Sunday. I am also planning to drop speed work for week ten once again as I will be racing a half-marathon next Sunday. The goal of that race will be to aim for 1:30 in order to give me a better time of the time I should aim for in the Ottawa Marathon which is now only 49 days away!

How did your training go this week?

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