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Saturday Stories

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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…

Some useful tips for those of you goingto Boston in a few weeks.

A post about the connection between Canadian and Kenyan runners.

Some tips for running while on vacation.

Finally, Some tips on how to improve after a bad marathon.

Week 3 of Training for the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon

Week three of training is nearly complete. Due to a family vacation to Toronto I actually ended up doing most of my runs away from home after starting off the week with my usual Sunday morning long run. I will get back to my usual routine with a run from home but for now I am typing this on the train ride home from Toronto.

The week started off with my usual long and easy paced run. This week’s mileage was 15 km and once again my youngest daughter joined me as I pushed her in the Chariot.

Following that I took Monday off as usual and this week scheduled Tuesday off because I was initially supposed to have a wisdom tooth removed Monday afternoon and we were travelling to Toronto Tuesday.

When you travel on vacation it is hard to know if you will actually be able to fit in the mileage you have scheduled. Fortunately for me things went exactly as planned this week.

It ended up being a busy trip with plenty of sightseeing with family trips to the CN Tower, Toronto Zoo, aquarium and to top it all off my four year-old and I went to a Major League Baseball games last night, her first ever and my first since my Montreal Expos moved to Washington a decade ago.

In terms of running I had three runs scheduled for the time I would be in Toronto and that is what I ended up fitting in to my schedule. The fact that I am a digital champion for this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon helped me find others to run with in Toronto which a nice change.

On Wednesday I went for my first run in Toronto. It was actually the only run I had planned ahead of time. Jenna from Canada Running Series, the organizers if STWM, invited me to join the Tribe Fitness weekly fun run. Conveniently enough the meeting place for the run was close to our hotel. Despite the fact we had to run in heavy rain it was a great opportunity to meet Jenna as well as Heather and Ravi, two of my fellow digital champions…

Yesterday I had speed intervals on the schedule. Since we planned to spend the day at the zoo and my daughter and I were planning to attend the baseball games last night my only option was to run early while the rest of the family slept. I was out the door before 5:30 and headed toward the waterfront to get in the workout my coach scheduled for me, a 10 minute warm up followed by 10 x (100m @ 100% followed by an easy 100m) and 2 km @ 4:20/km. Unlike the night before the weather yesterday morning was perfect for a run and I found a boardwalk along the waterfront that I used for my 100m intervals…

My final run in Toronto this morning was another early one. Fortunately for me Kenny from A whole lot of soles agreed to join me so once again I had company for a run. Kenny’s blog was one of the first ones I came across when I started blogging about running and he is one of the first runners I started interacting with both via blogs and Twitter. In addition, he is a fellow STWM digital champion it was nice to finally get a chance to meet him. We were both planning an easy recovery run this morning and decided to head out along another waterfront route. Once again the weather was ideal for an early morning run along the Toronto waterfront…

That’s been my week so far. As you can tell I had a great few days in Toronto both in terms of spending time with my family and training for STWM. Tomorrow I plan to finish off the week with a 15 km run at tempo pace back in Ottawa.

How has your week gone so far?

Running While on Vacation Again

I wrote a post about running while in vacation last summer while I was on vacation with the family in Maine. Since I am on vacation this week in Toronto I though I would write another post about running on vacation to discuss how I am fitting it in this time around.

Since I am training for a fall marathon, yet again, I planed to fit in a few runs when we planned this trip. We made the trip down here yesterday afternoon so I took yesterday as a day off from running and planned to run today, tomorrow and Friday while in Toronto.

Since my wife had a work related function to attend today I planned to get in today’s run in the evening. The fact that I am digital champion for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon this year gave me contacts in the Toronto running community and I was able to join a group run this evening for a run.

Tomorrow I have speed intervals on the schedule. I plan to get them in at the crack of dawn while the rest of the family us asleep because my four year-old and I will be heading to see the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox in action tomorrow night after we get back from a day at the zoo.

Friday will be an early morning as well since we are headed back home late in the afternoon meaning and evening run is out of the question.

In addition to having a great vacation in Toronto this week I am also having a good training week by fitting in my scheduled runs. Once again the key has been being able to be flexible with my schedule in terms of the timing of my runs.

Saturday Stories

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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 great story about the strength of mind and motivation.

Tips to keep up with your training over the summer.

A post about the importance of glute muscles for runners.

End of my Week of Running in Maine

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…

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On Vacation

It’s been a busy few days since I last posted. I been on vacation in the United States with the family for the past few days, starting out in Vermont then moving on to the Maine coast where we will spend the rest of this week.

Since we were so busy I wasn’t able to fit in a run for four straight days, the longest I went without a run in a long time. Needless to say I was itching to get back out there. Fortunately things have settled down now and I was able to get out this morning.

As mentioned, we are spending the rest of this week along the coast in Southern Maine. Our hotel is quite close to the ocean and I am looking forward to get in some early morning runs along the ocean. I say early morning because we don’t have the Chariot with us and I don’t have the luxury of taking one of the kids with me when I go so the plan is to get up early and run while the family was still sleeping.

This morning I managed to do just that. Unfortunately it rained all day here so my first run along the ocean was not quite what I envisioned but not having run for four days and now being so close to this ocean the rain was not going to deter me this morning.

If I needed further incentive to get out there this week, while we were in Portland today I stopped by the Mane Running Company and picked up another pair of shoes so I now have a new pair to break in.

While the conditions were not ideal this morning I managed to get in a quick 8 km run and it wasn’t all bad. I took this shot along the way.

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Saturday Stories

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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 post about the importance of nutrition for runners.

Tips for running while on vacation.

A story about a runner who got caught out in the record downpour that hit Toronto Monday.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

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…

With summer in full swing here are more tips for running in the heat.

This is a great story, marathon goddess runs 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

The goal for many of us is to get faster. Here are some tips for running faster.   

Planning to run while on the road this summer? Here are some tips for fueling on the road. 

Here is an interesting take on the impact of weather on marathons. What do you think are marathons getting soft?