Tag Archives: Scotiabank toronto waterfront marathon

Week 13 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

IMG_0804.PNG

Another week of training STWM is nearly complete. Unfortunately this one has not been a highlight. So far the interval workout did Tuesday night is my only run of the week.

In my recap last week i mentioned dealing with some pain in my left calf when running. I made it through my 38 km run Sunday morning but Tuesday’s intervals seem to have re-aggravated the issue. As a result, I decided to shut down and rest my leg so that the issue does not linger and I don’t make it worse.

The worst part about this is that despite the discomfort in my left leg I actually had a good workout Tuesday consisting of 10 x (50 m @ 100%, 100m easy). On another week it would have definitely been the highlight of my week as I was still able to push hard for the 50m sprints.

On a positive note, the pain seems to have cleared up a bit after a few days of rest. The fact that I was able to do an interval workout and that there was not any swelling in my leg would seem to indicate that it is not too serious.

I am hoping to be able to get back to training at some point over the weekend but I won’t be taking any chances. I won’t run until my leg has recovered.

How did your week go?

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?

Week 1 of Training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

I am officially back to training for a marathon. This week marked my first week of training for October’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

It will be my second time in three years doing this marathon. From now until race day you will be able to read my weekly training updates here in Fridays.

There is not really much to add about my training for this week because it was not a very busy week in terms of running. I started the week off with a 16 km run then added two tempo runs and two easy runs, all in the 8 km range. Next week I will have a more interesting training update to post.

Getting back to training also means getting back to the strength training routine my coach had me on during my last training cycle. After discussing with my coach last week I received my program for my first four weeks of training and I will be starting that routine again this weekend.

Unlike the last time I ran STWM I am not playing soccer over the summer so I shouldn’t have to worry about my ankle looking like this four weeks before race day…

IMG-20120911-00058

Fortunately was able to run on race day that year although I was not able to finish as quickly as I was hoping when I started training so I have some unfinished business to take care of in Toronto.

IMG_0185

To add a little more excitement to this training cycle I will be acting as a digital champion for the marathon. If you are already registered for the marathon you can follow me and my fellow digital champions on Twitter, you can find the details here.

If you have not registered there is still time to register. This is a great option for a flat/fast marathon in the fall.

Marathon Profile: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Wednesday means it is time for another marathon profile. Since I was just interviewed by the Globe and Mail for an article profiling people who run marathons that will be published in the lead up to the event I decided to profile the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

This year the marathon will take place a little later than it has in recent years which is probably a good thing as anyone who is familiar with Toronto knows that it can still be hot and humid in late September, not exactly ideal weather for a marathon.

Obviously, as the name implies, this marathon is run along the waterfront in Toronto and if you are familiar with Toronto than you are well aware that it is a flat and potentially fast spot to run a marathon.

I have not run this marathon before but would certainly consider it if it stays in October and because I have not been to Toronto in several years. Unfortunately it seems like not everyone is a fan of marathons in Toronto and it seems like the detractors are more vocal than they are in other Canadian cities. Hopefully that attitude will change and people will realize the benefits events like this bring to the city.

As always, if you are interested in more information on this race you can read some race reviews here.

Finally, if you are looking for some inspiration to keep you running, this year there will be an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the oldest marathoner. How’s that for inspiration?

Have you run this marathon before or are you planning to run it?