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What Type of Runner are You?

I found this fun diagram yesterday and received some comments on it via Facebook and Twitter.

If you have not seen it or heard of it yet the diagram provides you with a series of options to choose as you follow the diagram toward the bottom where it identifies you as one of four types of runners.

I am not sure what others thought of the diagram so far but in my case the description I ended up with is quite accurate. After starting in the middle at Bugs Bunny and make my way down the diagram I ended up at the fourth type of runner which is labelled ”Almost Olympian.”

I say it is accurate in my case for the description of this type of runner it provides. it suggests that this type of runner has a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, even if they do not get there. If you have followed this blog for any amount of time you will know that accurately describes my adventures with running.

What does this mean for me? The diagram does provide a tip for each type of runner identified. In the case of the ”Almost Olympian” it suggests focusing on your limiter from previous marathons. In my case that could be avoiding calf cramps in the late stages of a marathon. This was the limiter for me the last two times I ran the Ottawa Marathon although I somehow avoided that problem when I ran my fastest marathon to date in October of last year at the Prince Edward County Marathon where the cooler temperatures surely made a difference. It something I will be working to avoid when I run the Philadelphia Marathon in November.

What do you think of this diagram? Does it accurately portray the type of runner you are?

Ottawa Marathon 2011

Today was my third consecutive Ottawa Marathon. First of all I must say that I enjoyed the new course. It really did bring out more crowd support, despite the risk of rain. Hats off the organizers for putting together an event Ottawa can really be proud of especially when you hear of the negative attitudes toward running events in Canada’s largest city.

The only negative thing I have to say about the crowds, and it really is minor because I did not notice many smokers, but if you are going to come out to watch a marathon leave the cigarettes at home or walk away from the course if you are really dying to have a smoke. I ran by 3-4 people smoking along the course and the last one was one of the first aid people!

In terms of my race, my plan was to take a shot at a BQ. For 2012 that would be a 3:15 for me and given the new registration rules I would have had to be even faster than that. As per my usual marathon routine now I was up at 3:30 for breakfast consisting of a bowl of oatmeal, a bagel with peanut butter, a banana and orange juice with protein powder. After that I went back to bed and tried to get a couple more hours of sleep.

Despite the concerns earlier in the week the weather was great for running although those who finished later than me will surely have different thoughts because it started raining harder just after I finished.

I got to the corrals a bit early and did a warmup. Following that I lined up with the 3:10 pace bunny. My plan went well for most of the race. We hit 10 km in 44:01 and the half in 1:34:44 and I felt fine.

I hit 30 km in 2:17:18 but as we got back downtown my right calf started cramping. I stopped to stretch it as we passed the Chateau Laurier before continuing on. Shortly thereafter, I passed my family for the first time which gave me an extra boost of energy. It was especially fun to see my 19 month old cheering for the runners passing by.

At this point I was still on pace for close to a 3:15 finish. However every time I tried to get back to my usual pace my right leg would send me a reminder that it was not going to happen today.

The 3:20 pace bunny passed me as we reached 37 km and after that point I was only focused on making sure I crossed the finish line comfortably and not in need of medical assistance.That idea was reinforced over the last 4-5 km as I passed a handful of runners receiving medical attention for leg cramps. Maybe it was more humid than I realized today.

Here is a shot of me as I passed my family again with about 1 km remaining.

In the end I crossed the line in 3:23:31, about 40 seconds slower than my current PB set at the Prince Edward County Marathon in October. It is,however, a new PB here at home in Ottawa.

An added bonus to the Ottawa Marathon is that they seem to give out some of the best medals around. Here is this year’s medal.

The funny thing about today’s result is that this last week leading up to the marathon I thought I would be really disappointed if I missed a BQ. I also imagined myself in a panic to find an early September marathon to take another shot at qualifying for 2012. Now that it happened I am not disappointed. I’m pleased with today’s result. I finished as quickly as I could today without injuring myself or requiring medical attention.

As for my fall marathon plans, I do want another shot at a BQ but I really don’t want to rush to get back at it in order to run an early September marathon. I would like to do the Army Run here in September, hopefully as a pace bunny again, and I would rather take more of a break from marathon training by running an October or November marathon even though it would be too late for a 2012 BQ by then.

I had been eyeing the Philadelphia Marathon as an option and that may still turn out to be what I decide.

Marathon Profile: Prince Edward County Marathon

Tonight I am profiling the only marathon other than the Ottawa Marathon I have completed so far. Tonight’s profile is the Prince Edward County Marathon.

This one is a great option if you are looking for a small town marathon. I was one of 222 runners to complete it last year.  I set my current personal best on this course with a 3:22:52.

The course is a point to point course, staring in Wellington and finishing in Picton. For those staying in Picton there are buses to take you to the start line in the morning. If you do run this one make sure to bring an extra layer of clothes to keep warm in before the start as you will be waiting outside when you get there.

The course is scenic, leading runners past farms, wineries and the sand dunes of Sandbanks Provincial Park along the way to Picton. It is also a mainly flat course with the only real uphill sections being two hills located between 35-40 km.

If you are looking for a small and low-key event you can’t go wrong with this one. For those of you located near Ottawa or Toronto it is not a long drive either.

An added bonus to this race is the aforementioned wineries. If you have a spouse travelling with you, the option of visiting the numerous wineries in PEC is a definite selling point.

If you want more info on this race you can check out some reviews here.

Time for New Shoes Again

With over 500 km on my current pair of shoes and given that I took advantage of a Groupon offer for a discount on footwear at one of the local running stores the other day, I am planning on buying a new pair of shoes this weekend. With a little over a month left before race day this pair will be the one to get me through the Ottawa Marathon.

I guess it has to do with me looking to find any possible advantage I can in order to help me in my goal to run a Boston qualifying time but I have been debating whether it would be worthwhile to get a lighter pair of shoes for my speedwork and race day.

My current pair of shoes are New Balance 760. It is also the model of shoes I wore during the Prince Edward County Marathon in October. Before that I ran two Ottawa marathons in New Balance 769 shoes.

Given that the New Balance 760 has been discontinued I will be getting a new model of shoe regardless of what I decide this weekend. The question is whether I just move up to the New Balance 860 and/or do I look into getting myself a lighter pair of shoes for my speedwork sessions and for race day.

I will likely play it safe and just buy a pair of New Balance 860 but I do intend to ask this question when I go shopping this weekend. What do you think? Do you use a lighter shoe for race day and for your speedwork sessions?