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Last Long Run Before the Ottawa Marathon

Since my coach has me going with a two week taper this time today was my last long run due to the fact that race day is now in two weeks. It was also one last opportunity to test my race day routine.

As per my routine I was up at 3:30 to have a breakfast consisting of a bagel with peanut butter, a bowl of oatmeal and a banana. After getting that down as quickly as I could I went back to bed for a couple of hours.

The plan for this morning was to push my youngest daughter. It was a perfect morning as we headed out to start the run…

With the Ottawa Marathon being in May some years it ends up falling in the first warm weekend of the year. The temperature got up over 20 C here today so I did get in a long run in warm weather before race day.

Since race day is only two weeks away I stuck to a slow and easy pace today. You may recall that for my other runs of 30 km and over I finished with the last 4-6 km at my goal marathon pace. Today the goal was just to complete the mileage without getting injured.

Since I was planning to be out for more than two hours I was not sure how long my daughter would last. I am pleased to say she lasted the entire 32 km that took us 2:52 to complete. Not bad for a 1.5 year-old!

She did start to get restless and I did have to make more frequent stops over the last 10 km, including stopping to see a pair of ducks wandering around downtown, but overall she was a great running partner this morning.


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Week 2 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon


Week two of training is nearly complete. So far my week has gone pretty much according to plan. So far after five runs this week I have managed to fit in 54 km (33 miles). With a planned 10-12 km tomorrow I will finish the week with approximately 65-66 km.

This week I unexpectedly got in my long run last night with a 14 km run, surpassing the 12 km I did on Sunday when I usually fit in my longest run of the week. To start my marathon training that is not a bad total for my long run but in the coming weeks I plan to get my long runs back up around 20 km.

Other than that this week saw my usual assortment of easy and tempo runs on the way home from work. Once again I am fortunate to live 8-10 km from work, a convenient distance for my runs during the week.

Although Philadelphia still seems a long way off I am glad to be back to focused training with a goal in mind. The next 14 weeks will go by quickly so it it important to get off to a good start to my training.

Week three will kick of on Sunday with what will be this time my longest run of the week.

How did your week go?