Yesterday I added a new race to my calendar for this year. I decided to register for the 10 km St Patrick’s day race I have done the last two years. I had not initially planned to run this one because I was more focused about Around the Bay the following weekend but as the date got closer the urge to register got stronger, especially since I can walk to the start line from my house.
Now I have registered and will be running the 10 km for the third year in a row. Last year when I ran this race I ran it in just over 43 minutes, at a 4:15/km pace. The reason for that is that it is the pace needed to run a 1:30 half-marathon in April which is what I did last year and plan to aim for again next month.
My strategy for Saturday’s 10 km race as well as the 30 km next week and the half-marathon in April will hopefully help get me ready to run the Ottawa Marathon in May at my goal pace which is 3:10, or 4:30/km.
I think this approach was beneficial in to my preparation for last year’s Ottawa Marathon so once again I am hoping that using this strategy for earlier races will leave me in better position to meet my goal in May.
What are your upcoming race plans?
Last week was a bit of a setback in terms of overall mileage. For week two of my training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon I ended off the week with a total of 42.5 km. However, considering how busy the week ended up being in a way it was a good week in that I managed to get in five runs.
In terms of my runs last week, Sunday’s longer effort was limited to 10.5 km while my other runs were around 8 km with one of those shorter runs being at a more intense pace with some hill work involved.
In January after my father passed away I wrote about using running as therapy to deal with what was going on at the time. I experienced this again last week as we held a service for my father in his hometown. Once things had settled down and others were resting I got changed and went for a run.
It turned out to be one of my best runs in a long time. I took off from our motel at marathon pace and worked out my run so I ended up with a big hill, about a 120 foot drop according to my Garmin, at the halfway point. The end result was a 7.5 at an average pace of 4:27/km. To top it all off, I got back to the motel just as a thunderstorm was about to start.
Now my plan for this week is to get back on track in terms of mileage. That means getting back up to a weekly total of 60-70 km. I got myself started on that goal yesterday with a 10.5 km run.
Week 15 of my 16 week training program is nearly complete. Since this is my first week of tapering before race day it was a pretty low-key week compared to the my efforts from the previous few weeks.
This week’s training schedule called for 62 km (38 miles). With one run remaining to go tomorrow I have completed 48 km so far this week. A 12 km (8 miles) run tomorrow will get me up to 60 km for the week which I think is not a bad effort given that race day is just over a week away.
The week started off with the final of my planned runs of over 20 km when I completed 23 km while pushing my daughter in her Chariot Sunday morning. With the exception of a 10 km run at marathon pace on Wednesday my other runs this week were easy and relatively short efforts (9 and 6.5 km).
Today was my second planned rest day this week. However, since I was in need of a new pair of shorts I went shopping and picked up a pair of short along with a new singlet to wear with them. Now I am set for race day!
As mentioned already, my plan is to get in a 12 km run tomorrow. Week 16 will kick off with a 19-20 (13 miles) km effort on Sunday.
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?