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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.


Plan for the Rest of the Year

With just over two months left in the year I really only have one goal left in terms of running, staying health. Since I won’t be running anymore races this year and since I won’t be able to match last year’s mileage what I am aiming for is to get back to a regular routine while avoiding injury.

Since returning to running late last week I have managed to get out for four runs. All of those runs were run at an easy pace. I plan to keep up with the easy pace for the rest of the week. Starting next week I will start to bring tempo runs and hills back into the mix. Speed intervals at the indoor track will follow in December.

That said, with a new addition set to join our family over the next couple of week my running schedule in November will  be irregular because I will be busier with more important matters. for now I can only hope that by the time our second child is old enough bring along it will enjoy riding in the Chariot as much as our 3 year-old does!

That’s how I plan to close out 2012. Once January rolls around I will aim to get back to a specific training program to get ready for a spring race.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?


Back to Running

Yesterday I got my first taste of running since I injured my ankle nearly three weeks ago now. Due to the progress I have made so far my physiotherapist had me run on the treadmill in order to see if I would have any pain in my ankle. That went well, I was able to run pain free and without altering my stride for five minutes.

That was enough for me to get the green light to go for an easy 5-10 minute run outside. Excited to finally be able to head out for a run I got up early this morning and headed out the door for my run. I ended up running for 10.5 minutes at an average pace of just under 6:00/km. Again there was no pain or swelling following my run.

This means that I can go for another run tomorrow. I will likely try to get out at lunch time. I also plan to run for a longer period of time tomorrow. Since I was able to run for 10 minutes today I will aim for 15-20 minutes tomorrow.

For now I plan to take it pretty easy with my pace and ease my way back into a running routine. As long as I don’t feel any pain in my ankle I will continue to schedule another run and progressively add more time each time I go for a run.

So far my recovery is going well. Hopefully I can continue to run pain free. If that trend continues then I should be able to run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in just over two weeks.

Injury Update

The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is now less than three weeks away. Unfortunately I have yet been able to run since spraining my ankle two weeks ago. As a result, my status for the marathon is still unclear.

However, there is still reason for optimism. My recovery is progressing and I have been biking for the past week now including two efforts at the hotel gym while I was away for business and a one hour effort tonight.

If all goes well I should get the green light to resume running. That will really be the key in determining whether I run in Toronto on the 14th. At this point my goal is really just to get myself to the start line. If I can do that it will be a victory in itself regardless of my finishing time.

For now I will continue to keep up with the exercises for my ankle and with the biking to maintain my cardio. The best scenario would be that I receive the green light to resume light running later this week.