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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…

A post about tapering with some good tips for those of you running the Army Run in the morning.

A profile of Ed Whitlock

This is a good idea. I always have a stash of protein bars at work for my runs home. I should probably store an extra pair of socks there too since I seem to forget running socks a few times a year.

Was Rocky an ultramarathoner?

The Week Ahead

Seeing the countdown clock on the Philadelphia Marathon website tonight made me realize just how close i am getting to race day. Race day is now less than a month away, 27 days to be exact according to the countdown. It seems like such a long time ago now that I decided to register in the days following the Ottawa Marathon in May. Now I am almost ready to start tapering.

With a little over three weeks left before race day it means that I still have some important miles to get in. This week might end up being the most important week in that if all goes according to plan it will be my busiest week of mileage over this training cycle.

I also have 10 Yasso 800’s scheduled for Wednesday. That should give me a better idea of where I stand in terms of pacing for the marathon.

Next up will be my final 20 mile, 32 km, training run before the marathon. I will get that one out of the way on Sunday. After that I get to start tapering over the final three weeks.

Tapering

Since there are only 13 days left before the Ottawa Marathon, I am in the taper phase of my training. For those who are not familiar with the term, it is when you reduce your mileage during the final weeks of your training in order to rest your legs and recover in order to be ready for race day.

This week that means dropping down to about 62 km after being up over 80 km for the past few weeks. After yesterday’s long run today has been a rest day. Tomorrow I will go for an easy 12 km run on a hilly route, Wednesday I will go for an easy 6.5 km run, Thursday I will go for a 12 km run with 8 km at my goal marathon pace, Friday will be another rest day followed by another easy 6.5 km run on Saturday.

Next week my mileage will decrease again with my plan calling for 45 km. Following a 20 km run on the Sunday I will take a rest day Monday, run 8 km on a hilly route Tuesday, go for an easy 6.5 km run Wednesday, run 8 km with 5 km at my goal marathon pace Thursday, rest Friday and go for my final training run on the Saturday which will be a 3 km easy run to stretch out my legs.

After hitting the peak mileage in my training plan my legs certainly feel like they could use a bit of a rest before race day. In that sense the taper phase will definitely be welcomed.

One thing I will have to be more aware of is my calorie intake as the reduction in mileage will mean that I will also be burning less calories each day. I will have to remind myself that I won’t be able to eat s much as I have been during the peak mileage points of my training.