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Week 15 of Training for the Boston Marathon

Last week I mentioned I mentioned that my goal was to make this week my heaviest week of training so far in this training cycle. I wanted to get in a bigger week of training before I start to taper.

Fortunately I was able to manage just that with a 97.4 km week. I have to admit, and maybe this is not surprising to those who know me, but I was tempted to head back out for a short run tonight to make it an even 100 km for the week. I eventually talked myself out of it because it would not have added anything to my training.

The week week started off in a different manner than any other week of training I have done before. Since I did not have time for my long run last week I did a 32 km run Monday night. If you read Friday night’s post about my recent long runs you will also know I completed the run by doing 3 laps of a a 10 kmout and back route from my house.

Tuesday night I had a tough run home because it was snowing and it was windy out..

Wednesday night I opted for a treadmill run while watching hockey on tv because the conditions outside were similar to the previous night.

Saturday I ran my first run of the year, the St Patrick’s Day 10 km. Doing this race has become a bit of a tradition for me in part due to the fact that it starts and finishes down the street from my house and my family comes to meet to go for coffee and hot chocolate afterward.

I will write more about the race tomorrow but for now I will say it went well…

That brings me to today. I headed out looking to get in around 25 km and came home with just under 23 km on my Garmin. It was cold when I started my run but had warmed up to the point that I had removed my hat and gloves by the time I was finishing my run. Hopefully that is a sign spring is about to start.

How did your week go?

Week 14 of Training for the Boston Marathon

Week 14 did not go quite as planned but that ended up being by design in the end. Coming off two consecutive 90 km weeks my initial plan was to do the same in terms of mileage and workouts this week. In the end I opted for a recovery week so I could aim for my biggest week of training in week 15.

The weather had an impact on my overall mileage this week. The first half of the week was impacted by freezing rain, a very easy run home from work on Monday and a treadmill run Tuesday night. The second half of the week was impacted by cold and windy weather..

With my nephew visiting from out of town this weekend and the cold temperatures yesterday morning and this morning I opted to push my long run to tomorrow since I have the day off work. This decision meant much less mileage than planned for this week, 52 km, but an opportunity to have my biggest week in terms of mileage next week since I will be adding 20 km to my usual Monday routine.

Looking at the weather now it looks like I may have lost the gamble on waiting an extra day for better weather for my long run. However, getting in my biggest week of training with only 5 weeks to go until race day should provide a needed mental boost. 

How was your week?

Week 11 of Training for the Boston Marathon

I am late writing this post because I had the intention of writing it after my long run Sunday night but I ended up finishing that later than expected. Overall week 11 ended up being a bit of a recovery week with a total of 60 km. It is not what I originally set out to achieve last week but it is not the end of the world and in the end might actually end up being a good thing for me. 

The weather did not exactly cooperate with my planned schedule this week. It has not been an especially cold winter here but we seem to have experienced more frequent thawing and freezing cycles. That was certainly the story of this week. Early in the week we received more snow, making it hard to run at a consistent pace…


Following the snowfall early in the week it got warmer in time for the weekend caused the snow to melt during the day and puddles in the roads and sidewalks to freeze at night. The state of the sidewalks ended up having an impact on my long run last night.

I left the house with the intention of doing 30-32 km (18-20 miles). My run was going fine until I started to approach 20 km. At that point I found myself slipping more, especially when going around corners, because it was hard to see the thin sheets of ice on the sidewalks left by the snow that melted earlier in the day. In addition to that my hamstrings were starting to feel tight.

I hate cutting a workout short as much as any other runner but this was a case where I truly felt that there was nothing to be gained by staying out and forcing myself to hit my mileage target. By the time it reached 20 km I was not far from home and decided to head home earlier than expected. I finished with a 25 km run. While it was short of my initial target it was still a good run and I think I made the right decision to end it when I did.

With 8 weeks to go until Boston my goal is to aim for 4-5 weeks of heavy mileage before but start to taper. The fact that I have to get in some 30-32 km runs over that period should help me increase my mileage over the next few weeks.

How did your week go?

Week 4 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

I’m late writing my weekly update post again. I was planning on writing this post after my long run on Sunday as usual but had to cut that run short and did not have time to write a post for reasons I will explain later.

My training plan called for 65 km of running last week which is consistent with the mileage I have been doing lately. I ended up with a total of 63 km done for the week. That is comparable to where I was at similar points in previous training cycles. Going ahead I will be looking to consistently add mileage to my weeks so I can hit my mileage targets for the busiest points of my training cycle in April and May.

in terms of last week, I stuck to one run at a higher intensity. With the snow we’ve had recently and the icy sidewalks we have now it is tough to maintain a good pace in some areas so my tempo and speed workouts have been confined to the indoor track. Last week I opted for an 8 km tempo run following a short warm up.

With regards to the long run I mentioned at the start, my plan was for a 24 km run after the kids went to bed. Unfortunately when I got to 17 km I got a message from home saying my youngest needed to go to the hospital to be checked by a doctor. Fortunately by that point I was close to home again and the shortest route home was 2 km done at a very quick pace. The best news was that it turned out to be nothing serious and following a short exam by the doctor we were back n our way home.

Week 5 should end up being a similar week in terms of mileage and workouts. I will look to add more mileage to my schedule next week. That should not be too difficult since my upcoming long runs will be close to 30km alone.

How was your week of training?

Snow Day

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There isn’t much that stops me from going for a scheduled run but a record snowfall did today. The fact that we received a big dump of snow today wasn’t a surprise, meteorologists had been warning about it and I woke up expecting to hear that my daughter’s school bus was cancelled.

Despite that I packed my running gear as usual, hoping the sidewalks would be ploughed by the time I left work. Unfortunately there was too much snow, 49cm (19 inches) a record one day snowfall here. Since the sidewalks were a mess I opted to take the bus home and save my run for another day.

Unfortunately what would normally be a 40-45 minute commute turned into a 3.5 hour commute that at times left me wishing I had decided to attempt my run. Not running was probably the right choice but waiting an hour for my first bus and then having my second bus which would normally take 5-10 minutes to get me home turn into a ride of over an hour made for a frustrating end to the day.

On a positive note, the shovelling I did tonight has to count for some cross training!

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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.

Here are this week’s stories…

A story about a runner losing weight without losing beer.

Tips on how to survive winter marathon training.

Does exercise help you handle stress?

A Canadian runner set the half-marathon record with a stroller.

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.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about sharing the gift of running.

Advice for new running dads.

Good winter running tips here.

I picked up Matt Fitzgerald’s book How Bad Do You Want It? after reading this post.