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Crowdsourcing a Training Plan


Since I’m not planning to run any more races this fall and my formal training for Boston doesn’t start until December – I now find myself without a goal to focus on for two months. 

I plan to keep running regularly because A) I enjoy it and B) it keeps me active. But I’m not quite sure what to do with myself over the next two months. Do I just run based on how I feel each day or do I try and keep it interesting by adding other elements such as speed work hill repeats?

I really don’t know what the answer is here. I want to keep running but I do not have a goal to focus on and that is what usually keeps me going. What I need now is some assistance to guide me in my approach to these next two months – so I’m hoping to crowdsource a few options. 

Drop in and leave a comment to let me know what you would do with a 2 month break. 

Still Running


I have not been posting on here much lately. It has not been because I did not want to or because I was not running much. In fact I have been fortunate to be able to pick up my mileage and get back into a good routine. I’ve just been finding it harder to find time to post here. My goal now is to get back to regular posts on here.

In terms of running, as mentioned, I have settled back into a regular routine of running home from work 4-5 times per week. On the weekends I have returned to doing a longer run on Sundays, some with my 3 year old in the stroller. Over the last month or so I have been averaging 50-70 km per week. 

The best part to my current running routine is that I am back to running a couple of higher intensity workouts per week. I have done this with tempo runs and speed work on the way home from work and hill repeats during my lunch break at work. 

In terms of what comes next my next goal race is the Army Run in September. Once again this year I will be serving as a pace bunny for this race.  Like last year I will be a 1:35 pace bunny in the half-marathon. Getting ready for this race has been an incentive for me to ramp up my training again. 

That is it for my plans for the rest of the year for now. However, this year I do get an added bonus. The day after Army Run I get to submit my registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon. By no means is my acceptance guaranteed since my time in Philadelphia in November was only 2:31 under my qualifying time but it is exciting for me nonetheless since this is the first time I am able to apply for entry.

Saturday Stories


It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

Tips on how to channel your inner Olympian. 

How running can change your life. 

A reminder that it is ok to deviate from your training schedule

An interesting study on why you can race faster than you train. 

Saturday Stories

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It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about wearable technology for runners.

A great story about runners returning to Boston to support a survivor of the Boston bombing.

A post about the value of hard work and dedication during training.

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…

Tips about laying a foundation for the upcoming year.

A post about a run streak and lessons learned along the way.

10 tricks to outrun winter.

A post about dealing with injuries.

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 reminder about the importance of sleep with regards to training and performance.

A review about one of my current favourite shoes, the New Balance RC 1400.

A post about the beauty of training.

A post about the benefits of foam follers for recovery.

Planning for the New Year

Like many of you I am at a point where I am starting to take a look at options for 2014 in order to plan my next year of running. I took the first step toward that yesterday by meeting with my coach to have a final discussion about how this year went and first discussion on the plan for next year.

I am not sure if this is common for many of you but once again my plans, at least for the first half of the year, will be designed with one goal in mind. As previously mentioned, that goal will be getting ready for the Ottawa Marathon in May. For the past few years I have included a series of races at shorter distances in my preparation for the Ottawa Marathon.

I think this approach has served me well the last few years. These shorter races have given me an opportunity to test my fitness at various points in my training by giving me an excuse to push the pace a little harder than usual. I am not sure exactly what my final plans for the first half of 2014 will be yet but it will most likely involve at least a half-marathon and a 10 km.

It is possible that my focus will change once I reach my goal time in the marathon. Maybe I will start planning my schedule out based on distances I want to do and locations I want to visit. For now at least I will continue planning out my schedule based on one overall goal.

How do you plan out your year of running? Are you like me and design your training schedule to prepare for one overall goal or do you take another approach?

New Routine

Having met with my coach last week I am now into my first couple of days following the plan he set out for me. The running part of my plan won’t be too much of a shock or adjustment. It is the other aspects of my training plan that will take some getting used.

As mentioned last week, the decision to find a coach was motivated by the desire to work on areas I had not been focusing on in my training or areas that I need to improve on. Based on my first couple of days I think I am already working toward that goal.

The first four weeks of my training will focus on strength and stability as well as stretching and mobility. I have a routine for each that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. I will be doing one of the routines every day for the next four weeks, alternating my focus each day. The best part is that I can do all of the exercises and stretches at home so they are easy to get in while watching tv after the kids have gone to bed.

Later on in my training I will have more strength training to do that will necessitate lunch hour trips to the gym at work. That will also no doubt be of benefit because I hav not done any gym work since I started training for marathons.

There is still a long way to go before race day in Philadelphia but so far I am pleased with the decision I made. I think it will help me reach my goal.