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Week 16 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon


This is it. The final week of training is nearly over. There really isn’t much to say about my training this week as I only went out for a few runs. The goal of those runs was simply to stay loose and focused on Sunday.

My final week consisted of three runs. An easy 16 km run Sunday morning and easy 8-9 km runs Wednesday and Thursday. I contemplated making one of my shorter runs a marathon pace effort but in the end  decided to stick with easy runs because I did not want to take any unnecessary risks.

Had we not had so much rain this week I may have gone for an additional easy run Tuesday but again there wasn’t a need to push any harder at this point. I don’t think there was anything extra I could have done this week to improve my chances on Sunday.

Overall I am very pleased with how the past 16 weeks of training went. I did not miss many planned runs and I managed more overall mileage this time around, largely in part due to multiple run days that helped me get in the necessary mileage during the peak of my training.

In addition, my three pre-marathon tune-up races went according to plan. Like last year I used these early races not only as training runs but also as a judge of where I stood with regards to my goal for the marathon.

As a result of my overall mileage and my results in earlier races, I feel like I am better prepared than I was for my previous marathons. Now I just need to put it all together on Sunday and have a good race.

On a lighter note, I have also been watching running related movies this week. So far I have watched Spirit of the Marathon, Running the Sahara and Without Limits. Tomorrow I plan on watching Run Fatboy Run before I head to bed. I’m not sure if any of this will help inspire me when I hit a tough patch Sunday but it can’t hurt and it added a bit of fun to the week.


How was your week of training?

This Week

Presently I am in the midst of the final week of my three week taper before race day on Sunday. For the first time the overall goal for this week is not a mileage goal. The goal for me is simply to get in a few runs to keep my legs loose and avoid injury.

I started off the week by fitting in just over 16 km for my long run Sunday morning. My goal for the morning was to fit in anywhere from 16-20 km so I was pleased with the 16 km I managed to fit in. I also had the opportunity to run with a friend who will be running his first marathon Sunday morning. Since I live close to the start/finish line I took him out for a loop that included a good portion of the race course.

The plan for the rest of the week was just to get in a few more runs before Sunday. Yesterday I took a planned rest day and this evening a thunderstorm forced me to take an extra rest day. That means my plan is now to run tomorrow Thursday and Friday. Other than a 10 km marathon pace effort tomorrow or Thursday the rest of those runs will be short and easy efforts.

More important than that this week will be my diet. I have started paying closer attention to my daily carbohydrate intake as I look to build that up leading up to Sunday morning.

One other thing I have started doing which hopefully will help me get into the right frame of mind for Sunday is watch running related movies. I started that over the weekend by watching Spirit of the Marathon and  Running the Sahara. Next up, Run Fatboy Run and Without Limits. If you have any others to suggest please leave a comment below.

What do you like to do in the last week leading up to a marathon?