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Running Without a Plan Again

Now that the Ottawa Marathon has passed and my next planned events are not until September and October I find myself running without a plan once again. As mentioned on Tuesday, I registered for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon which takes place in October meaning the end of June would leave me with 16 weeks to start a dedicated training cycle for that event.

Until then I don’t have a set plan. I think the main thing for the next few weeks until I start another 16 week training cycle will be just to get myself out running regularly. If I can manage to maintain an average of 60-70 km over those weeks I will be happy. That should be an easy target to hit with a longer run on Sundays and runs home from work four times a week.

I managed to get in my first run today since Sunday’s marathon. Well actually it ended up be two runs at an easy pace since I ran at lunch with co-workers and I ended up running home. The two runs combined left me with a total of 15 km today. Although I felt good I had a slight reminder that I ran a marathon on Sunday from my quads anytime I started to pick-up my pace.

I’ll take it easy for my next few runs still but by next week I should be able to start working in some harder workouts like marathon pace runs and hill workouts although for now I will probably just fit those in occasionally when I feel like pushing the pace instead of having them regularly scheduled.

How soon do you like to get back to regular training after a big race? 

The Day After

Marathon number six has come and gone for me. I still find this video funny after running a marathon .

While I am a little stiff today I don’t feel nearly as bad as any of the people depicted in the video. For me today the biggest reminder that I ran a marathon yesterday was the feeling in my calf muscles when going down stairs. Other than that I would say I am recovering pretty well. I should be able to get in an easy run later in the week was the case after all but my first marathon.

Of course now that my goal race for the first half of the year is complete the question now becomes what next? I purposely did not look beyond the Ottawa Marathon in an effort to stay focused on being as ready for it as I could. The only other race on my schedule was a plan to pace the Army Run half-marathon again in September.

In the span of 24 hours I have now come up with a fall training plan for another marathon. The Toronto Waterfront Marathon In October. The reason I chose this one? It is relatively close to home, flat and the fact that I received a Facebook message yesterday advertising the fact that the cost of registration goes up after tonight.

Training for that will start soon. As was the case with my Ottawa Marathon training, I’ll use my Friday posts to post weekly updates of my 16 weeks of training.