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Week 14 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon


Another week of training is almost complete and race day is now less than 40 days away. After a week of recovery and nursing an injury this week I was back to a full week of training. So far I am on track for a solid week in terms of mileage.

Most important for me this week was that I felt comfortable enough to fit in a tempo run this week. This time the scheduled workout featured 6 km @ 4:15/km with a 100m sprint included in each km.

Other than that the rest of my workouts this week have involved running at an easy pace. Since I am not still fully over the issue I was having with my left leg I did not want to push too hard and risk re-aggravating the issue.

Speaking of my leg issue, I think a combination of tight calf muscles and shin splints, I picked up one of these massage rolling sticks yesterday and am already wishing I had made the investment a while ago. Despite some discomfort to start it already seems to be having a positive effect.

As for the rest of the week, I have a couple more runs to go this weekend. Tomorrow will be an easy 10 km run. Sunday will be a good test for me with 30 km on the schedule, once again with the first and last 6 km at marathon pace.

With just over a month left to go until race day I am almost over the heaviest point of my training. So far other than the recent issue with my left leg my training has gone according to plan. I am started to get excited about race day and the chance to put my training to the test once again.

How did your week go?

Saturday Stories


It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about runner safety.

Tips for making quick and healthy meals.

An article about the 13 most common running injuries.


Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here is a good article on running injuries and how to prevent them.

Some nutrition tips, cooking with quinoa.

For those of you with a marathon coming up here are some tips for your final week of training. 

Here is a story about a marathon maniac who is about to run his 100th marathon.

Injury Update

The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is now less than three weeks away. Unfortunately I have yet been able to run since spraining my ankle two weeks ago. As a result, my status for the marathon is still unclear.

However, there is still reason for optimism. My recovery is progressing and I have been biking for the past week now including two efforts at the hotel gym while I was away for business and a one hour effort tonight.

If all goes well I should get the green light to resume running. That will really be the key in determining whether I run in Toronto on the 14th. At this point my goal is really just to get myself to the start line. If I can do that it will be a victory in itself regardless of my finishing time.

For now I will continue to keep up with the exercises for my ankle and with the biking to maintain my cardio. The best scenario would be that I receive the green light to resume light running later this week.

On the Road to Recovery

A week has now passed since I sprained my ankle playing soccer. After a week of rest and a couple of physio appointments I am starting to make progress in my recovery. Hopefully this week will show more signs of improvement.

So far the swelling has gone down in my foot although some swelling remains in my ankle. I have also managed to stay disciplined by going through my list of physio exercises at least a couple of times per day.

Tomorrow I plan to bring an ice pack with me to work. Being able to ice my ankle a couple more times than I have been each day should help deal with the swelling I my ankle. Fortunately I have a job where I am at a desk for most of the day and can do this without affecting my work.

Tonight I also managed to get in my first cardio workout since the injury after getting the green light at physio this morning. Although it was just a short and easy bike ride it felt good to be moving again after a week of inactivity left me feeling restless. Since did no feel any pain I now planning to try and fit in bike rides tomorrow and Wednesday.

I still have a long way to go before I can get back to running but at now that I am back to doing some cardio it should not be too much of an adjustment once I get back to running.

Have you experienced long layoffs from running?


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?