Week 10 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

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Last week I started building up my mileage again after taking a recovery week the week before. I managed to finish with a total of just 70 km for the week which is about what I was aiming for before I build up to a few weeks of 90-100 km weekly mileage.

Since I was coming off the Army Run when I paced the 1:35 half-marathon group I stuck to easy paced runs last week with the exception of speed work on Thursday.

The best part about the week is that the weather was perfect for each of my runs. This was the scene on Wednesday as I ran home along the Rideau Canal…

Great evening for a run home from work. 10 km done #running #Run613 #ottawa #marathontraining

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I followed that up with speed work involving 200m repeats the following evening. My workout involved a 3 km warm up followed by 4 x 200m hard / 200m easy, 10:00 @ 4:35/km, 1:30 at a very easy pace followed by another round of 200 m repeats.

I ended the week by taking my two year old for a run in the Chariot yesterday. We ended up completing 20 km and stopped to see the horses of the RCMP Musical Ride…

With week 10 out of the way there are now 8 weeks to go before the Philadelphia Marathon. In terms of my training that means a few more 30-35 km runs to go and 5 more weeks of heavy mileage.

How was your week?

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