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2013 In Review



Another year has come and gone. In terms of running, it has been a busy and productive year. Overall I think I ran more races than I did the previous year as I trained for two more marathons. Along the way I managed to set a couple of personal best times, in the 5 km and the 10 km.

The year started out with me beginning a new training cycle to get me ready to run the Ottawa Marathon in May. In order to get ready for my local marathon I raced a 10 km on St Patrick’s Day, travelled to Hamilton to run the Around the Bay 30 km for the first time and ran a half-marathon one month before the marathon. All three races went according to plan.

In May I had a good run in the Ottawa Marathon setting a new pb and coming within a couple minutes of my Boston qualifying time. Following that result my focus turned into finding a fall marathon that would provide an opportunity to beat that time.

I quickly settled on Philadelphia for a fall marathon, my second time going there in three years. In order to get ready for it I hired a coach for the first time, the biggest change to my training routine in a while. Overall, I think that was a positive experience that I will continue in the new year.

While training for Philly I managed to set two new pb times, in the 10 km and in the 5 km. Both of those results gave me a good boost going into Philly. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I was looking for in Philly but it was still a great experience and an option I recommend for those looking for a November marathon.

Finally, today I surpassed the 3000 km mark (1864 miles) for the year. Overall it isn’t an important number but still a nice way to end the year.

That is a quick summary of my year in running. I am pleased with another strong year with a few new pb times along the way.

How was your 2013? What were some of the highlights?

Race Report: Minto Run for Reach

As mentioned yesterday, this morning was my latest race. This morning I raced a half-marathon.

Since I had 32 km on my schedule for today I ended up getting an early start to my day. I headed out the door just before 7:00. With the race starting at 8:00 this gave me about 45-50 minutes for an early run. I ended up running 8.2 km, getting to the start line about 20 minutes before the start of the race.

The race itself went well. I ended finishing in 1:36:06 which is quicker than my previous half-marathon best of 1:39:15 and the 1:37 that it took me to complete the first half of the Prince Edward County Marathon in October.

The weather was perfect for a race today. It was warm enough for me to head out in shorts and a long sleeve shirt when I left the house and while I needed the long sleeves early on, I had them rolled up before the start of the half-marathon.

As I mentioned yesterday, the course was an out and back course of a total of 10 km, meaning half-marathoners had to complete two laps of the course. It was a relatively flat course along the Rideau Canal.

On my second lap I ended up receiving some unexpected advice from a coach. The coach was along the side of the course watching for runners from a group he had helped train. He thought I looked like one of the runners from the group. He ended up running with me for a bit and provided some advice about my posture. He noticed my shoulders were scrunched up and suggested I lower my arms in order to relax my shoulders which would allow my lungs to take in more air.

I tried to keep this bit of advice in mind for the rest of the race and would like to think it helped. I will certainly keep it in mind as I continue my marathon training.

In terms of my result, I am pleased I was able to beat my previous personal best in the half-marathon. Who knows, if I was really focused on my half-marathon time and had not run last night or prior to the race I might have been able to knock a few minutes off my finishing time. That is for another time. For now I think setting a personal best on legs that had not been rested could be a good thing in terms of my marathon training, especially for the later stages of the marathon.

As I mentioned earlier, I had 32 km on my schedule today. The half-marathon brought me up to 29.3 km. Following the race I stopped briefly to stretch then ran home at a very relaxed pace for another 1.8 km. In total today I ended up with 31.1 km in 2:33.

Training Mileage in April

With a 13.4 km run last night I ended the month of March with a total of 295 km. March ended up being a good month for my training. I would have passed 300 km had I not had to skip a couple of runs. In April I will be looking to pass that mileage total.

Today I started off April with a 9.5 km run including 8 km at marathon pace. With only two months left before the Ottawa Marathon, April is sure to be my busiest month in terms of mileage. If all goes according to plan this month I will be completing 360-400 km this month.

Included in the mileage for this month are my first runs over 30 km, three of them to be exact.

Also included in my mileage totals for April are my next two races. The Minto Run for Reach half-marathon on the 10th of April and the Ottawa Physio Race 10 km on the 17th. Of course I will be looking to beat my current personal bests at both of these distances but the primary goal, especially with the half-marathon, will be to get my legs used to holding a more intense pace consistently over a longer distance.

What are your training plans for April?