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Week 7 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon


Week 7 of my training for the Philadelphia Marathon is nearly complete. All that remains is a run tomorrow. Tomorrow’s run will be my usual Saturday plan of a 10-12 km easy run.

This week’s schedule called for a bit of a drop in mileage with 51 km, or 32 miles, on the schedule.

With a run left still to go tomorrow I have already hit that goal. After two runs today my weekly mileage sits at 51 km.

As you can already tell, my week did not exactly go according to schedule. Sunday called for a 5 km race but I ended up going out and doing some speed intervals for a total of 7 km.

Tuesday I had planned to do my usual 8-10 km run but had to abandon that plan just after 3 km  because of thunder and lightning. As a result I stopped at the nearest bus stop and caught a bus home. The run home from where I got off the bus left me with a total of 4.8 km for the day.

On a positive note I did end up getting in my scheduled tempo run on Thursday.

Today, thinking I had mileage to make up, I decided to get up early and do two runs. My first run this morning was an easy 8 km run while my second one ended up being an easy 11 km run home from work.

I guess technically I don’t need a run tomorrow since I have already hit my targeted mileage for the week but I will still go out for an easy run with my daughter in her Chariot.

As I go into week 8 of my training for the Philadelphia Marathon I know have approximately 749 km, or 466 miles, left before I hit the streets of Philadelphia – my math was off in my previous few calculations of my remaining mileage totals.

Week 8 begins on Sunday with pace bunny duty for me. I will be pacing a 1:50 group in the Canadian Army Run. Since my schedule calls for 28 km that day I will probably take my daughter for a little warm-up run around the neighbourhood before I head to the start line.

How was your training this week?

Race plans for the Rest of the Year

Now that the Perth Kilt Run is out of the way I still have a few races scheduled between now and the end of the year.

So far, my next race is the 5 Peaks Camp Fortune trail race next month. I did the 12 km race last year and am planning to do the same distance again. I did this one last year and quite enjoyed it. I figure doing it again this year will give me a nice diversion from my usual training. You can read about last year’s experience here.

Following that I am scheduled to be a pace bunny in the Army Run half-marathon. I have participated in the run for the past two year and last year as a pace bunny for the first time. You can read about that experience here.

Finally, in November I am running the Philadelphia Marathon which is my goal race for the second half of the year. The goal for that one will be to improve on my 3:23 from the Ottawa Marathon in May.

So far that is my schedule of races for the rest of the year. However, I am toying with the idea of finding a 5 km in order to see how fast I could run it. During the kilt I was on pace for a sub 20 minute 5 km so if I can find a 5 km race around here either this month or next month I will probably add that to my list.

What are your race plans for the rest of the year?

Army Run Pace Bunny

Last year I had the opportunity to be a pace bunny for the first time during the Army Run 5 km race. You can read about last year’s experience here.

Once again this year I offered to be a pace bunny and the other night it was confirmed that I will be pacing a group during the Army Run half-marathon in September. Last year I ended up pacing a 27:30 continuous 5 km. This year’s task will be  a 1;45 run/walk half-marathon.

Pacing a half-marathon will no doubt be a little more challenging that pacing a 5 km but I am confident in my goal time. I completed the first half of this year’s Ottawa Marathon in 1:34 and I also ran a 1:36 half-marathon in April.

Since my training focus for the fall is the Philadelphia Marathon in November this will serve as a good training run for me. I actually have 28 km scheduled for that day so I will likely end up heading out for a warm-up run around the neighbourhood and run down to the start line like I did last year in order to get in a few extra miles.

I am also looking forward to being able to help runners reach their goal in the half-marathon. I can certainly see this becoming a regular part of my running schedule.

Have you ever been apace-bunny before or do you plan to?

Back on Track

I went for my first post-marathon run tonight. I opted for an easy run home from work and ended up doing 8.75 km in 45 minutes. It felt good to get back to running after a few days. My legs felt good, any stiffness or aches from the marathon are now gone.

I think I will now plan to head for a run after work tomorrow and probably a couple over the weekend as well. For now I’ll probably end up keeping those at an easy pace. Next week when I am feeling up to it I might try something at a tempo pace.

In terms of upcoming adventures, I do have a few races planned over the upcoming months. The first will be the Perth Kilt Run. This one is an 8 km race and as the name implies, runners must wear a kilt. Not sure how this one will go since I have never run in a kilt before, I haven’t actually ever worn one before either, but it should be fun.

In August I am planning on doing the 5 Peaks Camp Fortune trail race again. Last year I completed the 12 km course and quite enjoyed it as a change of pace from my usual routes around the city.

In September I will participate in the Army Run. Last year I participated in the 5 km event as a pace bunny for the first time and will be looking to do so again this year as it was a fun experience.

Finally, as I alluded to in my race report Sunday, I was looking for a fall marathon. Tuesday I ended up registering for the Philadelphia Marathon. Why Philly? I asked Bart Yasso on Twitter if it was a good choice and his response was that it is fast course with cool temperatures. That was enough to sell me on this one. An added bonus is that unlike some of the other large late season marathons this one is not currently soldout. I have not yet been to Philadelphia so if you have any insight on the marathon course or on what there is to see and do in the city please feel free to comment below.