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Saturday Stories

  
 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…

Here is a great story about a Canadian Master’s runner.

Last minute tips for those of you Running in Ottawa this weekend and more here.

Finally, some race day nutrition tips.

Week 4 of Training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

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Last week when I wrote a recap of my week in training I mentioned that I my goal for this week was to hit 80 km.  That did not quite happen but I can’t say that I am disappointed with how this week went.

Overall I ended up with 60 km this week. Part of the reason for my drop in mileage this week was due to the fact that I took an extra rest day. Feeling really tired and run down I decided to skip my regular Thursday night interval sessions at the track. In the end I think it was the right decision because I was at a point where I felt like pushing myself at the track would just lead to me getting sick particularly considering the rest of my family was sick all week.

In terms of my training this week I was still able to fit in some good workouts. I started off the week with a tempo run Tuesday night. I did 10 km overall with the first 8 km of the run being at a tempo pace.

Friday night I ran in what was likely the coldest weather I’ve run in so far this year. When I left the office to head home it was -23C and -27 with the windchill (-9 F, -16F with the windchill). Fortunately I brought enough layers with me to sty warm and I managed to get in just over 11 km.

Today it was even colder (-24C, -34 with the windchill) and for the second week in a row I opted for a long run at the indoor track…

That 21 km run today bumped me up to 60 km for the week. Overall I ended up taking a bit of a recovery week compared to last week. Now my goal for the upcoming week is to hit 80 km.

In terms of monthly mileage I set a goal for myself to hit 300 km after 241 km last month. So far I have managed 150 km this month. I’ll have to pick up the pace over the next two weeks but I am still on track to meet this mileage goal.

How did your week go?

Book Giveaway: 4:09:43 Through the Eyes of the Runners

On May 25th I will run my sixth Ottawa Marathon. For the past five years I have also raised money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of Ottawa Race Weekend. In conjunction with my efforts to raise money for the Ottawa Hospital I have decided to hold a book giveaway.

This year I’ll be giving away a copy of 4:09:43 by Hal Higdon.  The book is a look at the 2013 Boston Marathon through the eyes of runners who ran the race with the title obviously referring to the moment the bombs went off.

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To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @PatRuns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation.  Click here for more details. Once again this year the money I raise will be directed to neurology at the Ottawa Hospital. This cause became important to me after my father passed away in 2012 as a result of a stroke.

The winner will be announced on May 22. Good luck!

What’s Next?

Of course this is always the big question after completing a marathon. For me the answer is simple and probably not a surprise if you have followed this blog. I did not run at all last week because my legs needed time to recover from running 26 miles in Philadelphia and I was sick over the weekend. Now more than a week after Philadelphia I know the answer to what comes next.

I registered for my next marathon today. It was a given I was going to run one of the races during race weekend here in May. I just was not sure what event I was going to go for because I was focused on my run in Philadelphia. The decision of event I was going to do was made easier for me when the half-marathon sold out last week.

In terms of registering for the marathon I probably did not need to register right away because there is still plenty of space left at this time but I knew I was going to do it for a few days now and this year entrants who register before December 1 get a copy of a book I probably would have bought at a later date anyway.

As of today I am registered for the Ottawa Marathon. It will be my sixth straight year running  it. I am not sure how long I will be able to keep the string going but it is nice to keep it going for another year.  Overall this will be marathon number 10 for me.

Speaking of streaks, I will be keeping another streak going by participating in race weekend. For the fourth straight year I will use the opportunity to raise funds for the Ottawa Hospital as part of race weekend. A couple of years ago I started directing the funds I raise to neurology at the hospital after my father passed away from a stroke. That will be the case once again this year.

There’s my update. If you are looking for a spring marathon I would recommend this one, and not just because I am biased by the fact that it is local. The course is relatively flat if you are aming for a quick time and the changes to the course over the past couple of years have helped improve crowd support along the way.

Starting a New Family Tradition

IMG_0589I meant to make mention of this in my race report Sunday but forgot about it until I finished. Then I realized it gave me another separate story to post on here about this past weekend.

For our family, Race Weekend this past weekend involved more than just me running the marathon Sunday morning. On Saturday evening my wife also ran the 2 km event with our three year-old daughter.

After dropping them off at the start line I made my way over to the finish line for my turn to be a finish line spectator. I was able to find a spot right along the course close to the finish line so I was in a good position to cheer for them as they approached the finish line.

When we registered our daughter for the race we weren’t sure how she would react once among the crowds on race day but had a great time and is quite proud of her race medal which she wore to pre-school yesterday. Now her medal occupies a spot of honour on the wall at home alongside my medal from Sunday morning. 

Based on how things went this weekend this could be the start of a family tradition and I think we will definitely look to register our daughter again next year and if it goes well again next year we might have to register her sister the following year.

2013 Resolutions

Inspired by a post on the following page I decided to come up with a list of my running related resolutions for 2013. Here they are:

  •  Do regular yoga stretches and core workout, 4-5 times per week.
  • Weekly speed intervals at the dome.
  • Weekly hill training.
  • Have at least one vegetarian day per week.
  • When the snow is gone, weekend runs with one of the girls in the Chariot.
  • Run goal marathon pace at Around the Bay in March, 4:30/km. Finish under 2:15 before cutoff for silver medals.
  • Run 4:15/km pace at Run for Reach half-marathon in April. Aim for a repeat of last year’s finishing time of 1:29.
  • Have 2-3 weeks of 100 km at peak training.
  • Lunch time runs at work to pick up extra mileage during peak training.
  • Run 400 km in April.
  • Match or surpass the $600 I raised for the Ottawa Hospital last year as part of Ottawa Race Weekend.
  • Get my Boston qualifying time (3:10) at the Ottawa Marathon in May.
  • Help my wife plan meals so we have healthy food in the house.
  • Avoid soccer injuries!

What running related resolutions do you have for 2013?

Saturday Stories

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…

More proof of the benefit to holding big running events in cities, Ottawa Race Weekend generated $27.8 million in economic activity.

Another record for Ed Whitlock. He is inspiring, seeing him finish just ahead of me to set the record was a highlight of the day for me.

Are you an annoying runner?

Here are a few nutrition tips for runners.

Here is a good post on the use gels for running.

 

Saturday Stories

Saturday Stories

Posted on May 5, 2012 by Patrick

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…

This will make the Ottawa Race Weekend 10 km more exciting.

Here is an article on the importance of sleep and ways to overcome common sleep issues. 

Here is a great new ad from Brooks. 

Struggling with motivation? Here are some tips. 

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Book Giveaway

This will be my fourth straight year running the Ottawa Marathon. For the past three years I have also raised money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of Ottawa Race Weekend. In conjunction with my efforts to raise money for the Ottawa Hospital I have decided to hold another book giveaway on here.

This year I decided to give away a local book that most of you located outside of Ottawa will not have heard of. The book I am giving away this year is Why I Run by Mark Sutcliffe. I quite enjoyed reading it. You can read my review of it here.

To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @patruns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation. Click here for more details. This year the money I raise will be directed to neurology at the Ottawa Hospital, an issue that has become more important to me over the past couple of months.

The winner will be chosen next Tuesday, March 13.

Good Luck!

Saturday Stories

It is time again for 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…

Stories about Ed Whitlock always amaze me, I can only hope I am still able to run at his age – Why this 80 year old marathoner can’t stand still.

If you are planning to run any of the Ottawa Race Weekend Races now would be a good time to register. The half-marathon is already sold out.

Here’s a good news story, Runner Catches Man Breaking into SUV.

Here are some tips for a healthy heart.

Finally, the latest #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.