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Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A reminder about the importance of sleep with regards to training and performance.

A review about one of my current favourite shoes, the New Balance RC 1400.

A post about the beauty of training.

A post about the benefits of foam follers for recovery.

Week 14 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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Another week of training is almost complete and race day is now less than 40 days away. After a week of recovery and nursing an injury this week I was back to a full week of training. So far I am on track for a solid week in terms of mileage.

Most important for me this week was that I felt comfortable enough to fit in a tempo run this week. This time the scheduled workout featured 6 km @ 4:15/km with a 100m sprint included in each km.

Other than that the rest of my workouts this week have involved running at an easy pace. Since I am not still fully over the issue I was having with my left leg I did not want to push too hard and risk re-aggravating the issue.

Speaking of my leg issue, I think a combination of tight calf muscles and shin splints, I picked up one of these massage rolling sticks yesterday and am already wishing I had made the investment a while ago. Despite some discomfort to start it already seems to be having a positive effect.

As for the rest of the week, I have a couple more runs to go this weekend. Tomorrow will be an easy 10 km run. Sunday will be a good test for me with 30 km on the schedule, once again with the first and last 6 km at marathon pace.

With just over a month left to go until race day I am almost over the heaviest point of my training. So far other than the recent issue with my left leg my training has gone according to plan. I am started to get excited about race day and the chance to put my training to the test once again.

How did your week go?

Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A blog post about balancing family and running.

Helpful tips on mental preparation for a marathon.

Rules of injury prevention.

15 secrets runners won’t tell you.

Week 13 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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Another week of training STWM is nearly complete. Unfortunately this one has not been a highlight. So far the interval workout did Tuesday night is my only run of the week.

In my recap last week i mentioned dealing with some pain in my left calf when running. I made it through my 38 km run Sunday morning but Tuesday’s intervals seem to have re-aggravated the issue. As a result, I decided to shut down and rest my leg so that the issue does not linger and I don’t make it worse.

The worst part about this is that despite the discomfort in my left leg I actually had a good workout Tuesday consisting of 10 x (50 m @ 100%, 100m easy). On another week it would have definitely been the highlight of my week as I was still able to push hard for the 50m sprints.

On a positive note, the pain seems to have cleared up a bit after a few days of rest. The fact that I was able to do an interval workout and that there was not any swelling in my leg would seem to indicate that it is not too serious.

I am hoping to be able to get back to training at some point over the weekend but I won’t be taking any chances. I won’t run until my leg has recovered.

How did your week go?

Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A great post by one of my fellow STWM digital champions about balancing work on the road and running.

Tips for running on a beach.

A post about the benefots of changing your routine.

Week 12 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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IMG_0804.PNGAnother week of training is nearly complete. So far this week is turning out to be my heaviest week in terms of mileage in this training cycle. With two runs left to go this weekend I am on pace for my first 100 km week in a while.

The week started off good with my scheduled intervals on Tuesday. This week my scheduled workout was a 10 minute warm up followed by 3 x ( 400m, 800m, 1200 m @ 100%).

I did my intervals in a bit of an odd way this time but it worked out in the end. I had planned to run home from work so I started my run from the office and got in the majority of my intervals on the way home. By the time I hit 8 km I ended up at the high school track close to my house so I could finish my last two intervals where I would normally go for intervals..

The other story of the week has been injury prevention. Late last week I started to feel some pain on the inside of my left leg above the ankle. Initially I thought it was just the usual aches that can follow heavy mileage and intense runs but by Wednesday it was becoming more noticeable with every step when I ran.

As a result, yesterday and today’s runs were very easy efforts. I also taped my leg with some Rocktape and took some Advil. That seems to have helped as it was less noticeable during today’s run.

I still have not done my scheduled hill workout this week because of this pain. My plan is to see how I feel tomorrow. If I feel better I will do my hills tomorrow but if the pain is still noticeable then I will just drop hills for this week.

I am hoping that the issue is going away now and that I will be able to at least get in my scheduled 23 km run Sunday. Once again for that one I am planning to start and finish at my goal marathon pace. I will have to reconsider that plan as well if I am still experiencing pain in my leg when I get up Sunday morning.

How did your week go?

 

Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A great post about distance running.

A post about the runner’s high.

A good list of things for runners to do and to avoid.

Tips to relieve tight hamstrings.

Week 11 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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There are now less than two months to go until STWM. This training cycle is going by quickly. Based primarily on one result so far this week was another solid week of training.

After taking Monday off for a rest from Sunday’s long run I was scheduled to run a 10 km race Tuesday evening. Unfortunately I was not able to register for the race and had to do my own run later that night. Having been scheduled to run a race I decided to run my own “race”.

My previous 10 km pb was 40:30 which I set last summer. Although not official I am pleased with my result Tuesday night…

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That was my first sub-40 minute 10 km run. It is unfortunate it was not an official result and I will have to find myself another 10 km race to attempt an official sub-40 minute km result. That said, to be able to run a sub-40 minute 10 km at this point is a big confidence booster.

As for the rest of my week, I took advantage of some time off work this week to get in a couple afternoon runs with my daughter in the Chariot. Tomorrow I plan to fit in the hill workout I did not have time for earlier in the week and I will end the week with a quick 15 km Sunday morning.

How was your week?

Gear Review: Altra The One

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After reading about Altra shoes I was quite interested in trying a pair of their shoes. More than anything I was interested in seeing how their idea of a zero drop shoe would work for me.

For those of you who are not familiar with Altra and their approach to designing running shoes their idea was to develop a running shoe that encouraged proper running form. They felt that elevated heels and narrow toe boxes in other running shoes was hurting runners more than helping them. You can read more about that here.

Recently I was sent a pair of Altra The One2 to test. I was looking for a light neutral shoe to add to my rotation and thought this model would be fun to try. Weighing 5.9 ounces they certainly fit that criteria. 

Picking these shoes up out of the box the first thing I noticed was how light they were. When I ran in them it felt like I was wearing a pair of slippers. They feel like a shoe that is made for a fast run.

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Altra, suggests taking time to transition to a zero drop shoe. Since I am used to running in shoes with an 8-10 mm heal drop I was hoping the transition would not take too long.

The first week I had the shoes I used them for my my easy run over to the set of stairs where I have been doing my calf workouts, approximately a very easy 3.5 km run. Week two saw me use them for an easy 9 km run and a more intense workout as I used them for my hill workout, approximately 9 km.

My last run in them so far, was last Sunday’s long run of 28 km. I was certainly pleased to have them on my feet when I ran the first and last 6 km at my goal marathon pace.

My calf muscles were a little stiff on Monday but otherwise I felt no effects from that long run. So I would suggest waiting another week or two before doing such a long run if you are new to zero drop shoes as I was.

I am planning to give them another shot on a long run in order to see if this shoe would be a good race day shoe for me in the marathon distance. As it stands I think they have good potential for that.

Overall I really like these shoes. For a shoe with minimal amount of cushioning they have a very soft feel to them when you run in them. The other aspect I like about them is the wide toe box. I don’t generally wear wide shoes but I have had pairs of running shoes that felt tight in the toe box depending on what socks I was wearing. Obviously that is not an issue with Altra shoes.

If you are looking for a fast shoe I recommend giving  The One2 a try. Just make sure to take your time transitioning to the zero drop if you are not already used to running in a more minimalist shoe. I am certainly looking forward to getting in some more quick runs in my pair. 

Note: the opinions expressed here are mine. Although a pair of shoes to test I was not paid to write this post.

Unofficial 10 km PB

Last night I had planned to run my latest 10 km race. It would have been the same race where I ran my current pb last summer. In that race I finished in 40:30 which is still my current pb.

Although I planned to run the race I did not register for it ahead of time because my wife was busy with work.As it turns out it was a good thing I did not register ahead of time because I would not have been able to make it to the race.

When I realized the race would not longer be an option an I had a 10 km race scheduled I did what I thought was the next best option. I decided to map out a route close to home and run my own 10 km “race”.

Once the kids were in bed I set out to do my run. I felt like it was going to be a good run as soon as I started. I easily kept my pace to 3:50-4:00/km for the first four km. I expected it to get tougher once I hit the halfway point.

I started to feel the pace around 7.5-8 km into my run. However, by that point I knew I was right on pace for a sub-40 minute run so I stuck with the quick pace.

I managed to finish in 39:17 a new 10 km pb, although unofficial, for me. Although I did not get to run the race I planned it was certainly a positive experience. It was a good indication of where I am at with my training for STWM. Now I just need to find myself another 10km race so I can officially run a sub-40 10 km!

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