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Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…
A post about focusing on the big picture.

A post about Ed Whitlock who unfortunately passed away this week. It is worth a read if you are not familiar with Ed and his accomplishments.

10 spring training tips.

 

Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about tapering with some good tips for those of you running the Army Run in the morning.

A profile of Ed Whitlock

This is a good idea. I always have a stash of protein bars at work for my runs home. I should probably store an extra pair of socks there too since I seem to forget running socks a few times a year.

Was Rocky an ultramarathoner?

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

More proof of the benefit to holding big running events in cities, Ottawa Race Weekend generated $27.8 million in economic activity.

Another record for Ed Whitlock. He is inspiring, seeing him finish just ahead of me to set the record was a highlight of the day for me.

Are you an annoying runner?

Here are a few nutrition tips for runners.

Here is a good post on the use gels for running.

 

Race Recap: Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Today’s marathon was number seven for me. I signed up for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon after running a 3:17 in Ottawa, hoping to at least get myself closer to my BQ of 3:10.

My training went well over the summer and into September. That was until I sprained my ankle playing soccer just over four weeks ago. The injury forced me to miss a pacing gig in the Army Run half-marathon.  My ability to run yesterday’s marathon was not guaranteed at that point either. Fortunately, with the help of physio, I was able to slowly start running again a couple of weeks ago.

I decided to line-up with the 3:15 pacer at the start in order to see if I could come close to or beat my time from Ottawa in May. The conditions to start the race were not ideal with steady rain falling as everyone made their way into the start corrals.

The rain continued after the start but stopped around the time I hit the 7 km mark. I was feeling good through the half and still with the 3:15 group at that point. However, by the time I hit the 30 km mark my hamstrings and quads had had enough and I could feel a blister developing on one of my big toes.

At this point the only thing that mattered was getting myself to the finish line. I slowed my pace and took some walk breaks from there to the finish.

Ed Whitlock, a holder of several world records for masters runners, passed me with about 4-5 km to go. He ended up finishing just ahead of me. Apparently he was also recovering from an injury that cut into his training time. Seeing him on the course yesterday was inspiring. I hope I can still run when I am his age.

I crossed the finish line in 3:30, my slowest time in 4 or 5 marathons. However, I can’t say that I am disappointed with the result.

In the short span of four weeks I went from this…

To this…

While things did not go the way I planned when I originally signed up for the race I am happy that I was able to run a good time in a marathon just four weeks after spraining my ankle and, the most important thing about yesterday, my ankle felt fine after running a marathon.

Saturday Stories

It is time again for Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Stories about Ed Whitlock always amaze me, I can only hope I am still able to run at his age – Why this 80 year old marathoner can’t stand still.

If you are planning to run any of the Ottawa Race Weekend Races now would be a good time to register. The half-marathon is already sold out.

Here’s a good news story, Runner Catches Man Breaking into SUV.

Here are some tips for a healthy heart.

Finally, the latest #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Saturday Stories

Once again here is a selection of stories and posts that I came across over the past week. As always, if you came across a story or post I have missed don’t hesitate to post a link below.

I found this article to be a little one-sided but interesting nonetheless as it poses the question of why anyone would run a marathon.

This week marked the 30th anniversary of Terry Fox’s death. Read about how his legacy thrives after all these years.

How to build a strong foundation before you start training.

I hope I am still this active when I hit 80. Ed Whitlock still going strong at 80.

A good read about setting your pace for a marathon.

Thinking of trying barefoot running? You might want to have a look at this study.

I found this yesterday and it was relevant for me because I am running an evening race tonight. Nutrition tips for evening races.

If you have not yet noticed, #runchat now has a Facebook page.