With just one run left week eight of training for the Ottawa Marathon is nearly complete. I’ll end the week with a 14 km run tomorrow to give me 80 km for the week. So far this will be my biggest week of training although that will soon change with my 32 km (20 mile) training runs coming up soon.
The week got off to a good start with a 28 km (17 mile run). As is usually the case I managed to get out the door and get my run started while everyone was still asleep at home. I do find it tough at times to get myself out the door on the weekend but it is the best way to fit in such a long run without disrupting a full day.
Following my long run my two intense workouts this week were a series of hills Tuesday night and a 10 km marathon pace run last night. Both runs felt strong and left me feeling confident about my training so far.
Now that I am over the halfway point in my training the tough part comes with the previously mentioned 32 km training runs and 90-100 km weeks coming up over the next few weeks.
Week nine kicks off with my first 32 km training run Sunday morning. With week eight out of the way I know have approximately 507 km (314 miles) left to go before race day in May.
How did your training go this week?
Today was scheduled to be my final 20 mile, 32 km, run before the Philadelphia Marathon in three weeks from today. My plan was to get up at the crack of dawn and start my run while everyone at home was still sleeping.
Unfortunately my plan did not turn out exactly as planned. I managed to get up early but the fact that I woke up with heartburn meant I would not be able to head out for my run right away.
I waited for nearly an hour before I headed out to get my run started. After an hour I decided to head back home to take a bit of a break because I was still not 100%. I ended up deciding to stay home since it was not worth pushing if I still did not feel well. Instead of a 20 mile run I ended up with 8 miles, 12.5 km.
This left me with the dilemma of whether I should try and make up the mileage over two runs tomorrow or whether I should just drop the miles I did not get in today. After soliciting some advice on Twitter I came to the conclusion that it was best just to drop the miles and continue with my week as planned.
On the one hand it is disappointing to not finish a long run but at the same time it just was not worth the risk of making things worse only three weeks before race day. I am still confident in the training I put in during this training cycle. I completed three solid 20 mile runs over the last couple of months time and I am also just coming off a 100 km week that was preceded my a 90+ km week.
I will continue my training as scheduled over the remaining three weeks and feel confident that will leave me ready for race day.
If you read last night’s post you know that today was going to be my first run in a couple of days since I was out of town for the weekend.
Fortunately I only had a short break from running and it was not too hard to get back on track today. If anything I probably benefitted from the extra day of rest after a tempo run on Thursday and a 32 km run Friday morning.
Since I moved my long run up to Sunday and did not do a run yesterday I decided to get back into my training with two runs today. The first was an easy 8 km run before work. I got off to a bit of a slow start to this run but started to feel better about 1 km into the run and finished with 8.3 km in 43 minutes.
My second run after work ended up being another easy run since I am planning to do Yasso 800’s tomorrow. Unlike my morning run this one felt good from the start, despite the rain, and I ended up with 5.5 km in 27 minutes.
The end result, 13.8 km in 1:10 of running today after a two day layoff.
Do you find it difficult to get back on track after a longer than usual layoff between runs?
Since I did not have time to fit in my long run yesterday and I had the day off work today I decided to do my long run today. Today’s run was the second last of my 32 km runs before the Ottawa Marathon next month.
My morning got off to an unexpected start following a Tweet I sent as I was mapping the route for my long run. I received a response from someone connected with the Ottawa Marathon wanting to know if I planned to check out any of the new sections of this year’s marathon course.
Apparently they were trying to arrange to have the CBC do a piece on the changes to the course and wanted to know if I would be interested in participating. I was certainly interested at the prospect of participating in the piece. Unfortunately it turns out they already had another group to follow for the piece and my participation was not needed. At least it gave me some excitement to start the day and a story to tell on here tonight.
As for my run, I did go out and check out a couple of the changes to this year’s course. For those interested, I checked the portion through Hintonburg to the Ottawa River Parkway and across the river to Gatineau.
My first impression was that I liked the changes. One of the biggest changes is that the portion on the Gatineau side of the river is now much shorter which means less hills. It did not take me long at all to get back across the river. I also like the fact that we get to see a couple of neighbourhoods that were not included in previous versions of the course by going through Hintonburg and Westboro.
Unfortunately I was not able to check out the new sections in the first couple of km that cover China Town and Little Italy. I will have to cover that section on one of my remaining long runs.
In the end I finished with 32.3 km in 2:47.