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Race Recap: Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Today’s marathon was number seven for me. I signed up for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon after running a 3:17 in Ottawa, hoping to at least get myself closer to my BQ of 3:10.

My training went well over the summer and into September. That was until I sprained my ankle playing soccer just over four weeks ago. The injury forced me to miss a pacing gig in the Army Run half-marathon.  My ability to run yesterday’s marathon was not guaranteed at that point either. Fortunately, with the help of physio, I was able to slowly start running again a couple of weeks ago.

I decided to line-up with the 3:15 pacer at the start in order to see if I could come close to or beat my time from Ottawa in May. The conditions to start the race were not ideal with steady rain falling as everyone made their way into the start corrals.

The rain continued after the start but stopped around the time I hit the 7 km mark. I was feeling good through the half and still with the 3:15 group at that point. However, by the time I hit the 30 km mark my hamstrings and quads had had enough and I could feel a blister developing on one of my big toes.

At this point the only thing that mattered was getting myself to the finish line. I slowed my pace and took some walk breaks from there to the finish.

Ed Whitlock, a holder of several world records for masters runners, passed me with about 4-5 km to go. He ended up finishing just ahead of me. Apparently he was also recovering from an injury that cut into his training time. Seeing him on the course yesterday was inspiring. I hope I can still run when I am his age.

I crossed the finish line in 3:30, my slowest time in 4 or 5 marathons. However, I can’t say that I am disappointed with the result.

In the short span of four weeks I went from this…

To this…

While things did not go the way I planned when I originally signed up for the race I am happy that I was able to run a good time in a marathon just four weeks after spraining my ankle and, the most important thing about yesterday, my ankle felt fine after running a marathon.

Week 15 of Training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

As of today the Toronto Waterfront Marathon is just over one week away. This week was a good week of training. After taking some time off to heal from my sprained ankle this was my first full week of training since I got back to running.

More than anything it felt great to be able to get back into a regular running routine this week as I started running home from work once again. With one run one to go tomorrow my mileage for the week currently sits at 50 km. Another run tomorrow will give me 60 km for the week which is about what I would normally do in my second last week of training before a marathon.

Another reason for optimism this week was the fact that I was able to pick-up the pace and get in two marathon paced runs, a 10 km effort Wednesday and a 14 km effort this afternoon.  At this point I am not sure what to expect on race day but it certainly feels good to know that I will be able to run when that scenario was still in doubt a couple of weeks go.

Since I have not covered the distance in three weeks my plan is to kick off week 16 with a 20 km run Sunday morning which will give me another good test of my ankle and hopefully provide me with another mental boost ahead of the marathon.

How did your training go this week?

Week 14 of Training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

This week I took my first steps toward getting back on track for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon which is just over two weeks away from now. After having to be content with just being able to ride a bike last week this week I was able to get back to running.

Following a five minute run on a treadmill at my physio appointment Wednesday morning I received the green light to go for an easy run outside. My first run since the injury was a 10 minute effort yesterday. Today I was able to follow that up with a 20 minute effort. The key to both runs is that my stride felt fine and I did not feel any pain afterward.

The plan for tomorrow is to go for a 30 minute run. If that goes well I will go for a 35-40 minute run Sunday. For now I will just focus on time. I figure I can start worrying about increasing the pace next week. I’m just pleased to be able to get back to running  and be able to get myself back on track to run the marathon.

How did your training go this week?

Week 12 of Training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Week 12 was supposed to be one of my last weeks of heavy mileage. It started off as planned with my final 32 km run on Monday. Unfortunately the week quickly went downhill from there as a result of a sprained ankle which has definitely ended my participation in next weekend’s Army Run.
My status for the Toronto Marathon is currently up in the air. I started physio on my ankle this morning and the best case scenario is that I will recover in time to run, albeit with a revised goal in mind. However, recovery for the type of ankle sprain I have generally takes 4-6 weeks.  With the marathon exactly one month from today it is possible that I might not be ready to run in Toronto.
 At this point I don’t know I will be given the green light to run again although it sounds like I will be able to start cycling next week which will be a welcome change because I am already starting to get restless after four days of complete inactivity and rest.
Up until now I have been lucky to avoid injury since I started running six years ago. My only previous injury was an it band issue that was quickly resolved after a few physio sessions four years ago. I have trained for six other marathons and managed to avoid injury.
For now I am trying to stay positive. I am disappointed to be missing the Army Run next weekend but for now at least there is still hope that I will recover in time for Toronto and that is enough to keep me in a positive frame of mind.
How did your training go this week?