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Marathon Training – Week 9

Stanley Park Seawall
My training is back on track. I ran 21.8 km on Sunday (half marathon distance) and felt good. My calf isn’t bothering me at all. Of course, new aches and pains have taken its place. Next week I think I’ll add a fourth run into my workout schedule.

Day Distance (km) Workout Time Pace /km
Sunday 21.8 Long 2:04:05 5:41 map
Monday Yoga
Tuesday 11.5 Hills 1:04:09 5:33 map
Wednesday 10.7 Tempo 0:56:55 5:19 map
Thursday Strength
Friday Off
Saturday Off
Running Total 44.0 4:05:09 5:34

9 week done, only 8 more until race day. I’m on the home stretch now. Last weeks results are here.

Marathon Training – Week 8

Sunny Sunday Seawall
More running. No injuries. All is good.

On Sunday, Erica and I (both recovering from injuries) only did 15km instead of the 26 the rest of the group did. I felt ok (other than the nipple chafe from the rain), but didn’t want to push it.

I was disappointed when the Vega rep cancelled his guest lecture for our running group on Tuesday. I showed up early all set to get some sweet samples and impress him with my knowledge of the Thrive Diet. But the rep got the flu. Obviously he’s not a real vegan, as real vegans are immune to disease.

Instead we went out and did a hard hill workout at Queen Elizabeth Park. I killed it. Not only did I run them quickly, but more importantly, consistently – my 6 reps up the hill were between 2:02 and 2:05.

I’m really enjoying the runner’s yoga course. Lots of stretching of the hamstrings, strengthening of the core, and the dreaded plank position.

Day Distance (km) Workout Time Pace /km
Sunday 14.8 Long 1:29:20 6:02 map
Monday Yoga
Tuesday 12.7 Hills 1:14:14 5:49 map
Wednesday Off
Thursday Physio
Friday 8.3 Tempo 0:38:20 4:38 map
Saturday Off
Running Total 35.8 3:21:54 5:38

8 week done, 9 more until race day. Almost half way there. Last weeks results are here.

Marathon Training – Week 7

Running along the Seawall
I’m slowly ramping up my marathon training to the level it was when I hurt my calf. This week I added some speed work and was able to run 10 km without any pain. In addition to running, I went to my first runner’s yoga class on Monday. There was a substitute teacher, so I’m not sure what it will be like when Mike Dennison is there, but I’m going to continue going to the course. I need the increased flexibility and core strength.

Day Distance (km) Workout Time Pace /km
Sunday 7.9 X-Country Skiing 1:27:26 11:01 map
Monday 6.0 Tempo 0:29:59 5:59 map
Tuesday Off
Wednesday 10.4 Steady 0:54:39 5:16 map
Thursday Off
Friday Off
Saturday 5.2 Fartlek 0:24:47 4:48 map
Running Total 21.6 1:49:25 5:04

7 week past, 10 more until race day. Last weeks results are here.

Marathon Training – Week 6

Walking and Cycling on the Seawall
I’m on the road to recovery. The soleus muscle in my left calf is still a bit sore, but I can run without pain. I’ve been doing a lot of strengthening and stretching exercises for my calves and hamstrings, and slowly building up the kilometres. I’m still far behind what the rest of the Running Room group is doing (they’re going on a 23 km tomorrow), but I’m catching up. My longest run was 10 km this week, without any issues.

Day Distance (km) Workout Time Pace /km
Sunday 4.4 Snowshoe 1:15:58 17:12 map
Monday 5.3 Steady 0:30:33 5:43 map
Tuesday 7.4 Steady 0:43:10 5:49 map
Wednesday Off
Thursday Physio
Friday Off
Saturday 9.9 Steady 0:51:55 5:13 map
Running Total 22.6 2:05:38 5:34

6 week gone, 11 more until race day. Last weeks results are here.

Marathon Training – Week 3

Coopers Park and the Seawall
All this running is tiring me out. I think I overdid it this week with 6 workouts, including 5 km in my Vibrams on Friday – my calves have been really sore and tight since. This week I’ve been focusing on posture and form, so I thought a barefoot run would help my technique, but I should have kept it shorter.

Day Distance (km) Workout Time Pace /km
Sunday 14.9 Long 1:17:45 5:14 map
Monday Off
Tuesday 5.3
(1.5)
Speed
(warmup)
0:22:58
(0:08:03)
4:20
(5:52)
map
(map)
Wednesday 10.4 Steady 0:56:28 4:57 map
Thursday 5.3 Tempo 0:24:26 4:35 map
Friday 5.4 Barefoot 0:23:42 4:20 map
Saturday 9.3 Steady 0:46:03 4:55 map
Running Total 56.1 4:37:52 4:57

Strava RunI’ve been uploading my runs to Strava, a cool running/cycling app for tracking workouts. I like the basic analysis it does – pace calculation, splits, elevation and speed charts. There’s also gamification to keep you motivated, like achievements for personal bests and leaderboards for common running routes.

3 week downs, 14 more to go. Last weeks results are here.

Marathon Training – Week 2

Running in the Mist
I ran 41 km this week, a few less than last week but that’s because I went snowshoeing on Sunday. The focus of this week’s Running Room clinic was pacing and apparel.

Day Distance (km) Workout Time Pace (per km)
Sunday 8.5 snowshoe 2:30:00 map
Monday Off
Tuesday 5.0 Time Trial 0:19:59 3:59
Wednesday 11.5 Steady Run 0:59:58 5:14 map
Thursday 9.3 Steady Run 0:42:53 4:35 map
Friday Off
Saturday 15.0 Steady Run 1:09:59 4:40 map
Running Total 40.8 3:12:49 4:43

We did a 5km time trial on Tuesday to help figure out our marathon pace. I ran it in 19:59, which means my long run pace should be between 4:41 and 5:29, my tempo pace is 4:15, and my 1600 meter time should be 6:30. If I want to run a 3 1/2 hour marathon, I need to run an average pace of 4:59 for 42.2 km.

My First Triathlon
So far I’m having no problem maintaining a good pace over my long runs. On Saturday I was only planning on running 10 km, but I felt good so I ran a for 15 km and then added 30 minutes of biking to the farmer’s market. I bathed afterwards, so that’s probably the closest I’ll get to a triathlon.

Ghetto Running AttireOn Tuesday, our clinic instructor spent a few minutes talking about good running attire. He didn’t have to say much because everyone was decked out in fancy Running Room gear. Everyone except for me. I’ve been running in ghetto gear – old sneakers from my first half marathon in 2007, IRS pub crawl shorts from 2006, baggy hoodies, and my cellphone clutched in my hand to measure my speed. When it’s cold out, I’ve been running in red sweat pants or just wearing long underwear under my shorts. I don’t want to buy a lot of fancy running clothing, but I might have to break down and buy a pair of tights so I have something warmer to wear when it rains.

Shiny new shoesI did buy a new pair of sneakers after my run on Saturday. I knew the old runners were garbage. I know have a pair of Mizuno Wave Precision 13’s. They’re shiny and fast and make my knees feel a lot better.

Two week downs, 15 more to go.

Marathon Training – Week 1

Seawall along Burrard Inlet
I ran 45 km this week. Not bad for my first week of marathon training. Although, that number is a bit inflated because I did my normal Sunday long run today (Saturday) so I can go snowshoeing tomorrow.

Sunday: 10 km long run
Monday: Off
Tuesday: 6 km steady run
Wednesday: 10 km steady run
Thursday: 5 km fartlek
Friday: Off
Saturday: 14 km long run

In addition to running, I logged a few hours on my bike commuting and I curled Tuesday night (weird sport for cross-training, but it will do).

Running the Seawall in Stanley ParkAt the start of the week, I was having serious doubts about training for a marathon and my fitness level. My first run was brutal. After about 7 km, my knees and hip flexors started seizing up. I finished the 10 km route, but I was hurting and my feet were blistered. The workouts since have felt a lot better. My feet are toughening up and my muscles are getting stronger. I’m still worried about my knees, but I’m sure the ligaments will strengthen up with time. I need to buy new running shoes, so that might help.

Beet and Sunflower PizzaAt the start of the week I went grocery shopping and prepped a bunch of recipes from Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet. I’ve been using vegan, raw food to give my body a boost during training, which means eating a lot of nuts, hemp seeds, dates, and vegan protein powder. My body has been recovering quickly from workouts, so I think it’s working.

Running Through the Olympic Village Other than a torrential downpour on Tuesday, the weather has been pretty good for running – cold, but clear. I haven’t been brave enough to bust out the vibrams. I might for some of the shorter training runs. So far, it’s been enough of a challenge running in conventional shoes and I don’t want to push my body too hard.

One week down, 16 more to go.