Week 6 of Training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Going into this week I had two mileage based goals set for mylself, get over 80 km for the week and finish with 300 km for the month of February. I am pleased to say that I was able to accomplish both of those goals. This week I managed to build on the solid week of training I had last week and have an even better week this week.

I would have surpassed 90 km for the week but unfortunately had to cut my long run short tonight just before the halfway point in terms of intended mileage for the run. I am not too disappointed with that given the way the rest of the week went. I’ll aim to get up to 90 km this week.

In terms of workouts this week I went for a tempo run Tuesday, intervals Thursday andyesterday I added strides to my run to give me few more km at a faster pace. Once again the tempo run was tough due to the condition of the sidewalks and bike paths. However, I did get down on to the Rideau Canal for a portion of that run and found it easier to run at a tempo pace on the packed snow along the edges of the skateway. My interval workout was a series of 800 m repeats (3:10, 3:03, 3:02, 3:01, 3:00).

Overall I am pleased with the way my training is going. I seem to have recovered from my two month layoff and I am pleased with the mileage I put in the last two weeks. Of course now that I am up to 80 km in a week it is going to get tougher to add mileage. I’ll have to start doing more two run days by adding a second run at lunch during the week. The other aspect that will help in that regard will be continuing to add more mileage to my long runs.

How did your week go?

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