Week 6 of Training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

My goal for week 6 was primarily to increase my mileage. Coming off a recovery week I wanted to hit at least 70 km for the week before I start aiming for 80-90 km weeks for a while. I managed that with a total of 75 km done.

Overall I went for 6 runs in week 6, including a tempo run, 800’s at the track and my first 32 km (20 mile) run of this training cycle. It was a productive week and I was pleased with my progress over the previous week.

My interval session on Thursday was an opportunity to break in a new pair of shoes which is always fun. This is my third pair of Fresh Foam Zantes and they are still my favourite shoe to run in. I broke them in with a workout consisting of a 1 mile warm up followed by 5 x 800m.

I ended the week on a positive note as well with my first 32 km run of this training cycle. It was my first run over 30 km since the Philadelphia Marathon back in November. Despite the fact that it was cool when I started it turned out to be a great morning for a long run.

32 km done this morning #run613 #runottawa #marathontraining #instarunners #seenonmyrun #ottawa

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As mentioned at the start of this post my focus now will be to continue milage to my training as I look to get back up 80-90 km/week. With my long runs now in the 26-32 km range for the next little while that should not be too difficult.

If the weather forecast for week 7 is any indication spring could be on the way here soon. That will make it easier to get in consistent workouts outside although it will mean running in wet and sloppy conditions as the snow melts.

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