Ottawa Marathon Training Update

This year’s Ottawa Marathon is coming up in two days. It will be marathon number 17 for me. I had planned on posting regular marathon training updates as I have on done on previous occasions. For a number of reasons I never got into the routine of doing it this time.

I am heading in to this marathon without a goal other than to get to the finish line. I am just going to be happy that I am able to run another marathon.

Overall I think my training went well. Due to busy weekends with kids activities during the day I had to fit in more of my long runs in the evening than I have in the past. It wasn’t always ideal but it allowed me to get my longer runs done.

I had a tough 30 km run over Easter weekend that left me feeling discouraged. On the flip side I was still able to push the pace on a couple of my 32 km runs for a much needed confidence boost after that tough run.

Since I did not manage to fit in as much mileage as I did during previous training cycles I certainly don’t expect to be running a pb Sunday. That said I am also pretty sure that I have done enough to ensure that it won’t be my slowest either.

Ottawa Race Weekend is always an event that I look forward to participating in. It is the biggest multi-distance running event in Canada. It is also one of two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label events (the 10 km and the marathon).

It will be a fun and busy weekend once again this year with my wife and daughters running shorter distances Saturday evening before my race Sunday morning.

As always, the best part of the weekend will be when I see my family waiting for me at the finish line… 

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