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 why one runner runs.
A post about varying routes and workouts.
Ever wonder what it would be like to train like a Kenyan?
A post on the benefits of logging and analyzing your running data.
Another week of training for STWM is nearly complete. Once again this week was another full week of training, the second of the current four week block of training I am working on.
So far this week I’ve done something I do not generally do. I used the same route for my three runs so far this week and have identical mileage for them, 8.9 km. Normally I prefer to change my routes even slightly for a change.
That will change this weekend when I have to add more mileage to my runs, 10 km tomorrow and 27 km Sunday. Since I will be leaving from home instead of my office for those runs it will be easier to switch up my routes.
So far my week can be summed up by the two tempo paced runs I did this week…
Since I took a rest day Monday following my long run Sunday evening Wednesday’s run was the only run at an easy pace so far. That will also change this weekend because tomorrow’s run will be at an easy pace and most of Sunday’s run will be at an easy pace.
It felt good to push the pace during my two tempo runs but my legs will surely benefit from a rest day today and an easy paced run tomorrow.
How did your week go?
At the end of my recent to the Maine coast I lamented the fact that my vacation was coming to an end and that I would no longer be able to take advantage of running along the Atlantic coast. I was certainly fortunate to have great options for scenic running routes during my vacation.
The point of tonight’s post is to highlight some of my favourite running routes here at home and to show that I am fortunate to have great routes to run on a regular basis. For example, here is a picture from today’s run.
For those who are not familar with it that is a shot of Parliament Hill from behind while crossing the Ottawa River. For me this has to be one of the best views in the country and I tend to run this route on a weekly basis.
My most common running route during the week involves running along the Rideau River. Despite the fact that this route is not far from the center of a large city the route takes me away from traffic and the tree cover along much of the route makes it seem like I am no longer in the city. I do have to cross a very busy intersection along this route but the rest of the route makes up for it. Here is a picture taken close to my home as I ran home from work last week.
Finally, I also do much of my running along the Rideau Canal which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here is a picture from a recent run.
What are some of your favourite running routes?
Unfortunately my week of vacation is coming to an end. Tomorrow will be my last day in Maine. Although the weather has not been ideal since we have been here I’ve had a great week here with the family. It was my third time visiting the coast in Southern Maine and it is becoming one of my favourite spots to visit in the United States.
In terms of running I managed to keep up with my plan of getting in early morning runs while the family was asleep. So far I managed four runs this week and plan to get in one more tomorrow.
While I do think we are fortunate with the routes we have at home in Ottawa compared to other cities, it is very hard to beat being able to run along the coastline and to run along the beach at low tide which is what I was able to do this week.
As of Monday I will be back to my regular running routine and hopefully back to regular updates on here. For now here is a collection of some of the pictures I took while running this week…
Normally I try not to run the same route on consecutive days. I find this helps me stay motivated. Fortunately for me when I run home from work there are a few different routes I can take to to get home meaning I don’t have to run the same route on consecutive days.
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of winter running is that I cannot use the bike paths because they are not plowed. This limits my options to following main streets to get home from my office, forcing me to follow the same route for most of my runs.
I mentioned that I try not to run the same route on consecutive days. I find it helps keep me motivated and it also allows me to alter between flatter and hillier routes. This won’t stop me from running returning the winter but once the spring arrives I will look forward to being able to alter my running routes once again.
Does the winter weather alter your running routes?