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Fall Running

This time of year might be the best time of the year for running. I find the weather is often ideal for running. It is still warm enough to run in shorts and despite the fact that I have had to break out long sleeve shirts a few times over the past week there are still occasions where it is warm enough to wear short sleeves. 

As I mentioned on here recently I am currently running without a training plan or goal until I start training for Boston in December. This is new for me because I have run an October or November marathon for the past 6 years. Instead of tapering for a run I am just running when I can and basing my pace on how I feel. 

The other benefit to running at this time of year is that it provides great opportunities to take photos during my runs..

Week 12 of Training for the Scotiabank Otawa Marathon

With 6 weeks to go this week was my biggest week of training so far. It was my first week of over 100 km with a total of 102 km done this week.

Coming off last weekend’s half-marathon most of this week’s runs were done at an easy pace. Thursday’s speed work was my only workout that did not come at an easy pace.

My speed workout involved a 3.2 km warm up, 6 x 200m/200m easy, 3.2 km @ 4:30/km, 6 x 200m/200m easy followed by a cool down. It was actually my second run of the day following an easy run at lunch, a necessity in some days in order for me to be able to run 90-100 km weeks.

The bigger news this week was that spring seems to finally be here. Last week ago I was still running in snow..

Meanwhile this week looked like this..

and this..

This week’s weather was much more appealing to run in. If it continues this way it will certainly help keep me motivated through a few more weeks of heavy mileage and tough workouts.

How was your week?


End of Summer?

After the long and cold winter we had this year Inthink everyone was hoping for an equally long summer. Unfortunately that does not seem to be the case here, at least for now.

After a week of hot and nice days last week this week it has felt like fall was upon us. All my runs so far this week have been done in cool and rainy weather like this…


I have already pulled out long sleeve shorts for a couple of my evening runs this week, by far the earliest I can recall doing so. Judging by the forecast it looks like tomorrow will be more of the same.

I do enjoy running in the cooler fall weather as opposed to the extreme heat and humidity the summer can bring but I don’t quite feel ready for the fall like weather. At this point I actually wouldn’t mind one last heat wave to end the summer.