Week 1 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

20140523-213119-77479305.jpgMy training for this year’s Ottawa Marathon is officially underway. As I did during my previous training cycles for marathons I plan to use one post every week to post an update on my training for the marathon. This is my first update for the Ottawa Marathon.

Up until this week I was running without following any plan or training schedule. I have been pleased with how my recovery has been going so far since I started running again in December. While I have lost a step from where I was at before I got sick I feel fortunate to be able to get to training.

Starting with this week I started to think more about my mileage and fitting in faster paced runs. My total this week was 58 km. Included in that were a tempo run, intervals and my first 20 km run since I got sick.

Due to the cold weather and snow covered sidewalks I moved my tempo run and my intervals indoor this week. For a few years now I have taken advantage of having access to an indoor track during the winter. I still prefer prefer to do my longer runs outside but the indoor track is a great option for faster paced runs when the conditions outside are less than ideal.

This week I went to the indoor track for two runs. I did a tempo run on Tuesday night doing just over 6 km, alternating between an easy lap and a fast lap. Thursday night I returned for my weekly interval session, opting for 800m repeats that I was able to complete in 3:07, 3:07, 3:05 and 3:08.

imageI ended off the week today with a long run. The plan for today was to run for 2 hours and I did that. In terms of mileage it was good for nearly 21.5 km. That represents my longest run since October. It felt good to know that I can still run that far as I start another training cycle.

Overall I feel like this week was a good start to my training for the Ottawa Marathon. I’ll continue to add mileage to my long runs and make my weekly trips to the indoor track for faster runs.

How did your week go?

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