7 weeks in to training for the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon with my new coach and there are a ton of firsts to celebrate.
I am really happy with how the training is going so far. Here’s a recap of few of my firsts:
This was a weekend I’ll sadly never forget…the weekend started off in a tremendous way. I arrived in Ottawa Friday night and was scheduled to teach at the Met Bible Church at 7:00 pm. I walked in the doors of the church just after 6:30 pm ready to lead 50 people through an Inductive Bible Study Training workshop…the workshop was great and many of those attending were excited about what they learned and are even more excited for us to return in November. Read more
Sunday March 30 marked the opening of the spring races for this year, it also marked an opportunity for me to gauge whether I would be on pace for my goal race which is the Ottawa Marathon coming up in May. Around the Bay is the longest distance race I have competed in since October. This winter was brutal for outdoor training, the ice, snow and extreme temperatures hindered any opportunity I had to really hit the pavement in prep for ATB. I looked back over my Garmin Connect account to notice only 7 outdoor runs between December and February…3 of which were in Florida and on very flat terrain.
My training schedule had me running 3 consecutive weekends of 30km. Around the Bay was not a goal race so the schedule did not adapt to much knowing I still have to work towards 12.2km more before the end of May.
It has been a while since I’ve posted and will update on a regular basis as I get closer to the race on October 16, 2013.
Since my last update I have partnered with a company called Run Coach to help with keeping me accountable to a running program to avoid injuries. The program mixes up Track runs, Fartlek runs as well as Threshold runs to increase the speed and time.
I’ve also signed up to work with Ron Mourra at Build Mourra Muscle and Fundamental Fitness Company to work on strength training as well as flexibility.
Three steps forward two steps back for this one. I was happy to be running in this marathon knowing that I had not trained near as hard as I did in October. I was nervous about finishing the race in a good time seeing that I lost almost 3 weeks of training while in Israel and not to mention the added 10 lbs compared to the last race in October. I went into the Toronto Waterfront Marathon at a weight of 179 and feeling really strong. Not so much on this one. Weight was 189 lbs. and I had only run one 30 km training run prior to Sunday. Read more
It’s Race Weekend as well as the taper week heading into the Marathon on May 5th. This weekend is the Brantford Rotary Classic. Looking forward to seeing how my body holds up for a 10 km under competition. My hip has been holding out for me so far but there are still some small issues I am dealing with. I’m carrying some extra baggage approx. 7 lbs more than last year and just struggled to get my diet under control after coming back from Israel. On Sunday I’ll aim for a 50 min 10 km. I’ll post Sunday the results as well as a short play by play.
Back from Israel now and back to training. 27 days to go and ran 25.2 km yesterday. The time was horrendous but I’m just trying to get km’s in the ensure I can finish the race. This week I put in 88 total km and will increase again this week and do a 30 km run on Sunday. Hip is holding up so far…