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Hill Training Tuesday

One of the things that has changed in my preparation for this marathon is how I have included hill training. In the past my approach to hill training has been to have one run set aside each week for hill repeats for about 6-7 weeks over the first half of my training cycle.

This time the approach has been different. While I did get in a couple of hill repeat workouts early on, for the last several weeks my approach has evolved into going for a run through a hilly neighbourhood on Tuesday evenings.

The run involves doing a few laps through the neighbourhood to get in a handful of uphill runs. This is usually good for a 7.5-8 km run overall so it fits in nicely with my overall weekly mileage goals.

I am not sure how effective this will be in helping me reach my goal but it is certainly less monotonous than doing hill repeats on one hill. With a little over three weeks to go until race day I will likely get in two more of these runs before the Ottawa Marathon.

How do you incorporate hill training into your training?

Week 9 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

Week nine of my 16 week training for the Ottawa Marathon is nearly complete. So far I have completed 58 km (36 miles). Tomorrow I am contemplating getting in my second 30 + km run of my training schedule which would put me at over 80 km for the second week in a row. Normally I would be scheduled to get in that run next weekend but I am running a half-marathon next weekend.

Week nine started off with the first of my 32 km (20 miles) training runs. The run started off on my own for the first 10 km. I was then joined joined by a couple of friends for the rest of the run which seemed to make the distance go by quicker.

This week I did not get any speed work in but I did get in a couple of runs at marathon pace. I also kept up with my now regular Tuesday night hills run. The runs made week nine feel like another solid week of training.

Since I am likely doing my long run tomorrow I’ll likely kick off week ten with a 10-12 km run on Sunday. I am also planning to drop speed work for week ten once again as I will be racing a half-marathon next Sunday. The goal of that race will be to aim for 1:30 in order to give me a better time of the time I should aim for in the Ottawa Marathon which is now only 49 days away!

How did your training go this week?

Changes to my Training

Since I started training for this year’s Ottawa Marathon I made two changes to my training that I had not initially planned on when started training. The two changes have been increased speed work and hill training.

Obviously these are two important elements to marathon training as hills help strengthen your legs while speed work helps you go faster. I have always included hills and speed work in my training but the big change this time has been consistently getting in these workouts starting earlier in my training schedule.

Lately Tuesday nights have become my night for hills and Thursday nights have been my night for speed workouts. The biggest reason for this change has been finding other people to do these workouts with. It certainly makes it easier to be motivated for them and get through them. It also makes for a nice change from the solo runs.

I guess I’ll find out in 52 days how much of a difference for my training but for now at least it is also leaving me more confident as I get closer to race day.

What recent changes have you made to your training?

Week 8 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

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?

Week 7 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

Week seven of training for the Ottawa Marathon is nearly complete. This week’s schedule called for 72 km (45 miles). Following last night’s run I have completed 59.5 km so far this week. With a planned 12 km run tomorrow I will hit my target for week seven.

It was another solid week of training that got started with a 25 km (16 mile) run early Sunday morning. I was also able to take advantage of some unusually warm weather to do most of this week’s runs in shorts and short sleeves much earlier in the year than usual.

Other than the long run my tougher workouts included some hill training Tuesday night and my first outdoor set of speed intervals last night with mile repeats being the workout of choice this time.

Week eight kicks off with a scheduled 28 km (18 mile) run Sunday. It is hard to believe I am already at the halfway point of my training for the Ottawa Marathon.  According to my training schedule I know only have 597 km (370 miles) left to go before race day in May!

How did your training go this week?

Tuesday – Hills

Since I started my training program for May’s Ottawa Marathon Tuesday has become my day for running hills.

For the first seven weeks of my training program my Tuesday runs consist of an easy run along a hillier course than usual. As I have mentioned before Ottawa is not the hilliest city around but I have managed to find a route with a few decent hills that force me to increase the intensity of my run along the way.

Tonight after a long day at work, I always feel better after a run. As an added bonus, tonight was the first evening in a long time I wore my sunglasses as I left for my run. As much as I enjoy winter activities like skiing and hockey, it is nice to see the days are getting longer.

I went for a run along the route that I have designated as my weekly route for hills. Tonight I managed to get in just over 10 km in 51 minutes, giving me an average pace of just over 5:00 per km. With five runs left this month I am on track to reach a monthly total of at least 250 km.

Tomorrow I plan to do another easy run in the 10-12 km range before Thursday’s tempo run at marathon pace.

In other news, if you are interested in winning a new pair of sunglasses head on over to 26.2 Quest where Tim is giving away a pair of sunglasses from Ryders Eyewear.