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Week 12 of Training for the Boston Marathon

Coming off a recovery week last week my plan for this week was to increase my mileage and aim for my biggest week of training so far in this training cycle. I was fortunate to manage that. My long run from this morning gave me just under 92 km for the week. This week I was able to pull it off due to a couple of two run days. 

I started off the week with a 12.8 km (8 mile) run on a treadmill. Again this is not my favourite form of running and I am fortunate that I do not have to do it often. I opted for the treadmill on Monday night because I found the sidewalks to be slippery due to patches of black ice when I did my long run the night before. This time I listened to a podcast to help keep me distracted as I ran. 

Tuesday was the first of my two runs days of the week. My first run of the day was an easy run through the neighbourhood around my office during my lunch hour. My second run of the day was my usual run home from work in the evening. This run featured some mileage at my tempo pace. 

Thursday was my second two run day of the week. The first run was once again an easy run during my lunch hour following the same route I covered Tuesday afternoon. My second run of the day was my weekly visit to the indoor track for intervals. Once again this week I opted for 800m repeats. I had time for 8 x 800m again this week. This time my splits were 3:08, 3:02, 3:03, 3:02, 3:05, 3:03, 3:05, 2:55. It was the second week in a row that I managed to finish with my fastest time coming in under 3:00.

This morning was time for my long run. I planned for my first 30+ km run. Compared to the weather we received earlier in the week it was actually cold when I left the house to start my run. I managed 30.5 km with the final 7 km being the fastest portion of my run. 

My plan for week 13 is to follow a similar plan to the one from this week in terms of workouts to complete and overall mileage. 

How was your week?

Week 10 of Training for the Boston Marathon

This week was another decent week of training. Despite not feeling well late in the week, likely due to not enough sleep and the fact that two of my kids have been sick lately, I managed to put in 76 km this week. Along the way I ended up doing three treadmill runs which is not my favourite way to run but it allowed me to get in my mileage.

My first treadmill run was my tempo run on Tuesday. Since it was cold and windy out I opted to stay inside for my run. It might have been the first time I completed a tempo run on a treadmill. In terms of a workout I opted for an easy 15 minutes followed by 25 minutes at a hard pace and ending with an easy 15 minutes.

I once again made it out on to the Rideau Canal for a couple of my runs. I mentioned it here before but the hard packed snow at the edge of the plowed skate way makes for a decent running track. Running what is the world’s largest skateway and a UNESCO world heritage site is something that is unique to Ottawa and I take advantage of it when I can during the winter.


Thursday night was time once again for my intervals at the dome. Once again my workout involved 800m repeats at the dome. I ended up doing an 800 m warm up followed by 8 x 800m in 3:07, 3:04, 3:03, 3:03, 3:01, 3:01, 3:01, 2:59. Once again I finished my workout feeling pleased that my times were pretty consistent. I was also really pleased that I managed to complete my last one in under 3:00.

Yesterday I was fortunate that it was my planned day off because it was when I started to feel rough. Normally I would have planned my long run for this morning but since I did not feel much better I skipped my run thinking I would not complete a long run this week. 

Fortunately I was feeling well enough to attempt a run tonight. Since it snowed all day here I opted for the treadmill once again. I managed to do 22.4 km in 1:52. That may be my longest treadmill run to date. Fortunately I had a couple podcasts to listen to as I ran.

How did your week go?

Week 9 of Training for the Boston Marathon

After a few tough weeks of training I feel like I am now getting to where I want to be with my training. This week I able to build on the positives from last week and add more solid runs and mileage this week. After my long run this morning I finished with just over 80 km done for the week. 

While getting in my mileage this week I made it out on to the Rideau Canal a couple of times during my runs. For those who are not aware, the canal serves as the world’s largest skating rink when it freezes during the winter. The hard packed snow at the edges of the canal after it has been ploughed actually make for decent running terrain…


This week followed my usual pattern of an easy run on Monday, tempo run on Tuesday, easy run on Wednesday , speedwork  on Thursday, an easy run on Friday and a long run on Sunday. I even added an extra run at lunch on Thursday, it ended up being on a treadmill which is something I do not often do but I did not feel like getting bundled up to run outside when the time came.

Thursday I had a great speed session at the dome that I was very pleased with despite the fact that I realized when I got home and downloaded my stats from my Garmin that I had miscounted and done one less interval than I thought I had. Regardless, I still managed 7 x 800m with my splits coming in between 3:03 and 3:09…


Last week you may recall that I had to wait until later in the evening to do my long run. Today I was fortunate to be able to get it done in the morning, my preferred time for a long run. I also had a couple friends to run with for a portion of my run. I ended up doing 26 km with the first 16 km done with company and the final 9 km on my own…

As mentioned at the start of the post, I am much more pleased with where my training is at after the last two weeks than I was before that. I feel like I am ready to take on the extra mileage I will have to add later this month and next month.

How did your week go?

Week 8 of Training for the Boston Marathon

This week I managed to hit the mileage goal I set for myself. Coming off a couple disappointing weeks I was determined to get at least 70 km in this week. I managed 75 km this week.

Tuesday is usually my night for tempo runs. Once again I tried to get one in this week. Unfortunately, despite the fact it has not been a very cold winter here, the constant freezing and thawing cycles we have experienced have left the sidewalks covered either in slush and large puddles or ice. Both make it tougher to maintain a steady pace. I ran as hard as I could but the slippery footing made for a tougher run than it normally would have been.

On the other hand, my interval workout Thursday was a solid workout. This week I opted for an 800 warm up followed by 6 x 800m and an 800m cool down. I was pleased that I was able to keep my intervals consistent with them ranging from 3:01 – 3:06. Next week I am hoping to have time to add a couple intervals to my workout.

Last week I mentioned that I was planning to do extra runs during my lunch hour at work. I managed to accomplish that on Wednesday with and easy 6 km at lunch followed by an easy 9 km run home from work. I plan to continue this routine a couple times per week. It will go a long way toward helping me reach my mileage targets.

Tonight I ended the week with my long run. Later at night is not my preferred time to do a long run but it was the best time to fit it in today…

Now that I managed a 75 km week my goal for next week is to get at least 80 km.

How was your week?

Week 7 of Training for the Boston Marathon

I will try not to sound like too much of a broken record as I write this post but this post will probably sound familiar. This week was very similar to last week. Once again I fell a little short of my mileage target for the week but I am not too disappointed with how the week turned out. 

Tuesday I managed to fit in a good tempo run on my way home from work. Following a 3 km warm up I ran at my tempo pace for 5 km. That left me about 1 km from my house which I finished off at a very easy pace for a cool down. Eventually I will add more mileage to these runs but for the next 2-3 weeks I will probably continue with the same routine. 

Once again Thursday I did intervals at the dome. This week I opted for an 800m warm up followed by 5 x 800m and a 800m cool down. Once again it felt good to be able to push the pace harder than I would have been able to had I been running outside…


This morning I ended off the week with my longest run in a while with a 25 km effort. It was actually a good morning for it with the temperature sitting at 0C when I left the house. I will likely keep my mileage for my long runs in the 25 km range for the next couple of weeks before I start to aim for some runs of more than 30 km.


Going through another week of falling short of my mileage goal for the week has made me realize that I am at the point where I need to start adding another couple of runs per week to my schedule. Saturday is often too busy to get in a run and if I am going to take a day off every week Saturday is my preferred choice. I will fit in the extra mileage with runs during my lunch time at work. 

How was your week?

Week 6 of Training for the Boston Marathon

Perhaps appropriately I ended off week 6 of my training with a long run over 20 km this morning followed by going to watch Patriot’s Day tonight. I was pleased with both. It felt good to get In a run of over 20 km since I had not completed one in a while. As for the movie, I found it to be better than I expected.

Overall, my week saw a slight improvement in terms of mileage over last week. Last week I finished with just under 55 km while this week I finished with just over 60 km. Ideally I would be getting in more mileage at this point in my training but given I had to take a break over the holidays I am not concerned. 

One positive for this week is that I managed to get out for my first set of indoor intervals. This week my workout involved a series of 600m repeats due to a temporary track configuration I mentioned the other night. As a result my overall mileage for the night only came to 3.6 km. It was still a positive workout since I will be continuing to add weekly intervals to my training…


As for this morning, it was cold but not as cold as I expected it would be. It actually turned out to be a great morning for a long run. I managed 21 km this time…


My goal for week 7 will of course be to add more mileage to my totals. 

How did your week go?

 

Indoor Intervals During the Winter

For the last 5 years I have been going to an indoor track to do my speedwork during the winter months. It is a great option that has allowed me to do speedwork as I train for a spring marathon when the conditions outside are not ideal.

Last night I went for my first session of indoor intervals of the year. Once again it was a welcome change because weather here recenntly has been alternating between cold and warm days leaving the sidewalks either covered in ice or large puddles of water and slush.

Having access to an indoor track allows me to do a variety of workouts that are beneficial to my marathon training. The most common workouts I do are 400m and 800m repeats but I do also fit in repeats at other distances when I want a change of pace.

Last night due to construction my workout was a series of 600m repeats because the last 100m of the track was closed. Since the last corner was off limits I did a series of 6 out and back repeats of a u shaped track.

Not surprisingly that workout was a first for me. It will also likely be the last time since it is easier to not do out and backs along a track that is being used by others. That said, it was good to get in some speedwork without the weather conditions having an impact. Like usual the toughest part was getting a feel for the pace I could/should run when I went out for my first repeat.

How do you fit in speedwork over the winter?

Week 10 of Training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

I’m over the halfway point of my training for the Ottawa Marathon. For week 10 I managed 80 km for the week, down from the 90 I did last week. With the exception of a 6.5 km run Saturday night all my runs were at least 11 km.

After running in spring-like conditions to end week 9 week 10 saw the return of colder conditions. Although we did not get more snowI had to trade my shorts for pants and had to get my gloves and hat out again.

I kept the pace relatively easy last week since I am gearing up for another race this Sunday. That said I did make sure to do an interval session on Thursday. This time my workout consisted of a 3 km warmup followed by 6 x 400m/2:00 easy.

Yesterday since we were busy with other stuff I waited and did my long run in the evening after the kids went to bed. A long run in the evening is never my favourite option since I find it tougher to stay motivated when you wait. That said, when I do end up doing an evening long run it always feels like an accomplishment when I get home.

As mentioned week 11 will see me do another race. I will be running the Run for Reach half-marathon. Like the St Patrick’s day race it has been on my schedule since 2011. I’ve managed sub 1:30 finishes three of the times I have run it. I am not quite sure what to expect this year. My main goal is just to run a solid race at a much faster pace than I have been doing my long runs to date. That would give me a good boost a confidence just over a month before the marathon.

How was your week?

Week 7 of Training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

 

Coming off a solid week last week my goal for this week was to build on that for another solid week. I finished off the week with 77 km done. This leaves me on pace to be up to 80-90 km weeks this month which is where I was hoping to be at this point in my training for race day in May.

As per usual my key workouts of the week were on Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday I opted for a run at tempo pace on my way home from work. It is not always easy to maintain a quick pace while running with a backpack but the warmer weather meant I had less in my backpack than I normally would at this time of year.

Thursday night was time for my weekly interval session. This week I did my interval session outside because it was too warm for a run at the indoor track. This is likely the earliest in a few years that I have given up on intervals at the indoor track. This week’s workout involved 3 x 1600m at a hard pace. With my warm up and cool down I ended up with a 12 km run.

Although it was cool when I headed out for my long run this morning it was a great day for it…

27.6 km done this morning#running #marathontraining #runottawa #run613 #seenonmyrun #irun

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My plan as I headed out the door was for 26-27 km. As you can see I managed to surpass that with my run this morning. Despite the fact that it was cool at the start of my run it felt like an early spring day by the time I finished.

Next may see a bit of a drop in my weekly mileage because I am planning on running the St Patrick’s Day race on Saturday. After that I will definitely be aiming to hit 80-90 km weeks.

How was your week?