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2014 Year in Review

Before looking ahead to 2015 I am taking time to review 2014. Although the year did not end in the best of ways I did have another big year in terms of mileage and I did put in some solid race results with a new pb in the half-marathon along the way.

In terms of racing, I ran two 10 kms, two half-marathons and three marathons. Once again my approach was to use the shorter races as part of training for my goal marathons. My biggest highlights of the year were my new half-marathon pb of 1:27:52 in April and my victory in the Commonwealth Games Canada Day 10 km in July.

In terms of marathons, as previously mentioned, I ran three this year. The first being the Ottawa Marathon in May followed by Montreal in September and the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October. As with last year my overall goal was to get my elusive sub-3:10 finish.


Coming off my pb in the half-marathon a few weeks earlier I felt well prepared going into the Ottawa Marathon. For the most part the race went exactly according to plan, you can read my full race report here.. Unfortunately calf cramps in the later stages knocked my off pace and once again left me a few minutes off my goal time.

My second biggest highlight of the year was my win in the Commonwealth Games Canada Day 10 km race. I did not run a pb in this race but it was already very hot and humid by the time we started the race so I was not expecting a pb. I also was not expecting to be at the front of the pack but the small field in this race helped in that regard.

A week before my second marathon of the year I was able to continue my streak of volunteering as a pace bunny for the Army Run half-marathon. This year I paced the 1:45 group, giving me a nice long training run a week before my next big race. I brought my group across the line in 1:45:29.

Marathon number two for me this year was the Rock’n’Roll Marathon in Montreal. I originally signed up for this race because I had relatives running other races that weekend and it was an opportunity to see them. Since the course is pretty hilly and it can still get hot and humid in Montreal in late September I was not expecting a pb but i decided to give it a go at race pace. Since I had another marathon three weeks later I could always ease off the pace and use it as a training run. With the temperature already at 18 C (64F) at the start I knew a fast time was unlikely so after pushing the pace for the first 27 km I eased off the pace and coasted in for the final 15 km. You can read my full race report here.


Three weeks later I travelled to Toronto for the Waterfront Marathon. Since I backed off the pace in Montreal the plan was to go all out in Toronto and end the race season with a bang. As was the case in Ottawa in May I felt well prepared and focused for this one. Once again I was right on target through the halfway point. Unfortunately this time I made a couple of strategic errors that cost me valuable time and left me with a 3:14:26 finish. You can read my full race report here.

How was your 2014?


Overall while I still fell just short of my marathon goal I still ran solid races in Ottawa and Toronto and with minor changes to my approach could have hit that goal. I also set a pb in the half and won a race despite the fact that neither were goal races. In a sense I am frustrated that I was so close to my marathon goal once again but at the same time I am pleased with what I was able to accomplish. Both will serve to motivate me in 2015!

As for the rest of the year, having just started running again last Thursday after missing nearly two months of running due to a recovery from a ruptured appendix I have decided to end the year with a little running streak. So far I am 3 for 3 with four more runs left to go in 2014.

My Weekly Recap

It’s been a week since I got back to running after recovering from last month’s Ottawa Marathon. I have been back to running regularly with just a planned day off Monday and an unplanned day off today, more on that later.

So far I have kept my post-marathon runs at a relatively relaxed and easy pace. While I recovered quickly from the marathon I did not want to take any risks by pushing the pace when I am at a point where I am not currently training for a race.

I have also kept my runs to relatively short distances. Other than a 15 km effort last Sunday my other runs have been in the 8-10 km range which is easy to fit in given the distance of my office from my house.

I mentioned that I had planned to run today but ended up taking an unplanned day off. The reason was that I forgot an item I could not do without, my shoes. Since I was not interested in trying barefoot running I had to cancel my planned run for today.

In addition to running regularly this week I also sat down to have a good discussion with my coach to go over a plan for the summer and the fall. The plan has not been finalized and it is starting to come together.

Right now I know for sure that I will take at least one shot at a 10 km pb over the summer and I will run another marathon in the fall. As mentioned before, I am registered for the marathon in Montreal in September although I do not know yet for sure how I will approach that one in terms of strategy, I will have more on that in the coming days.

How did your week go?

What Next?

This is a familiar question after running a marathon. At least for me it is. I find in the build-up to a goal marathon so much energy and effort is spent over several months to prepare for one day that once that race day passes it takes some time to figure out what to do next.

It has been a week and a half since the Ottawa Marathon. I am back to running again, starting with and easy run home from work Friday. I have been for three more runs since then. All of those runs came at a very relaxed pace. In fact, the highlight of tonight’s run was this…

Of course that still leaves the question of what comes next. I have already mentioned that I actually am registered for another marathon in September, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Montreal which I registered for because I have relatives running other races that weekend and was not necessarily expecting to be looking to go for a pb.

Since it can still be hot and humid in Montreal in September, not ideal conditions for a pb, I am in the process of looking for a fallback option in October or November. In addition, I would also like to take a crack at my 10 km pb that I set last summer and am considering some options in July and August to do just that.

My plan will be more clear tomorrow night once I have had a chance to discuss with my coach and put together a plan of attack. For now I will just continue with the easy runs for the rest of the week.

What are your plans for the summer?