My training for this year’s Ottawa Marathon is officially underway. As I did during my previous training cycles for marathons I plan to use one post every week to post an update on my training for the marathon. This is my first update for the Ottawa Marathon.
Up until this week I was running without following any plan or training schedule. I have been pleased with how my recovery has been going so far since I started running again in December. While I have lost a step from where I was at before I got sick I feel fortunate to be able to get to training.
Starting with this week I started to think more about my mileage and fitting in faster paced runs. My total this week was 58 km. Included in that were a tempo run, intervals and my first 20 km run since I got sick.
Due to the cold weather and snow covered sidewalks I moved my tempo run and my intervals indoor this week. For a few years now I have taken advantage of having access to an indoor track during the winter. I still prefer prefer to do my longer runs outside but the indoor track is a great option for faster paced runs when the conditions outside are less than ideal.
This week I went to the indoor track for two runs. I did a tempo run on Tuesday night doing just over 6 km, alternating between an easy lap and a fast lap. Thursday night I returned for my weekly interval session, opting for 800m repeats that I was able to complete in 3:07, 3:07, 3:05 and 3:08.
I ended off the week today with a long run. The plan for today was to run for 2 hours and I did that. In terms of mileage it was good for nearly 21.5 km. That represents my longest run since October. It felt good to know that I can still run that far as I start another training cycle.
Overall I feel like this week was a good start to my training for the Ottawa Marathon. I’ll continue to add mileage to my long runs and make my weekly trips to the indoor track for faster runs.
How did your week go?
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…
Tips for winter running from No Paine No Gain and iRunnerBlog.
A post about reviewing the current year and planning for next year.
In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I would be part of Team Awesome for Ottawa Race Weekend. Today I thought I would share posts from my teammates about it – here, here, and here.
Pour les francophones vous trouverez des articles en français au sujet de l’Équipe formidable – ici, ici et ici.
Even though I won’t be back to running for another 4-5 weeks I am pleased to say that I will be running the Ottawa Marathon for the seventh consecutive year. As I have done in previous years I will also be raising money for the Ottawa Hospital in memory of my father who passed away as a result of a stroke in 2012.
With it being at home this race is my favourite one of the year and I did not want to miss out on it even if I do have to run it at a slower pace than I am used to depending on how my return to running goes.
For something new this year I am pleased to say that this year I was chosen to be a part of Team Awesome. What this means is that in addition to running the marathon I will also be part of an enthusiastic and socially engaged group of runners who share ourr journey and support other runners as we train for Race Weekend.
The opportunity to join Team Awesome presented itself to me not long after I returned home from the hospital. Needless to say it provided me with a bit of a morale booster and got me back to thinking about running. I am excited to be a part of this group and engaging with other runners who are training for this great race.
If you are running one of the races during Ottawa Race Weekend be sure to follow my teammates and I online for regular updates and don’t forget to use #TORW2015 when tweeting about your training!