Week 16 of Training For the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

My training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon is officially over. Today’s lunch hour run put an to my 16 weeks of training for what will be my seventh marathon on Sunday. In my last week of training I completed just under 43 km.

The week started off with a 20 km run Sunday morning. Normally at that point I would not have gone that far but given that I was just getting back to running after recovering from a sprained ankle it was important to see if I could complete that distance. Following that, my other runs this week an easy 8 km run Monday, an 8.7 km tempo run Wednesday and an easy 6 km run today.

Speaking of my sprained ankle, it is not quite at 100% but it is close to being there and certainly strong enough to run the marathon. I was uncertain when I got back to running how much it would impact me on race day but last Sunday’s 20 km run and Wednesday’s tempo run have certainly left me feeling more optimistic.

Another reason for optimism is that I had a good training cycle up until I sprained my ankle. I added weekly speed intervals and hill repeats to my training and I was once again able to complete four 32 km (20 mile) training runs before I hurt my ankle, the last one of those long runs being the same day I hurt my ankle.

There you have it. My 16 weeks of training are complete. Now all that remains is to go out and have a strong run on race day!

How did your training go this week?

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