Two Eighteen

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) was this past Sunday. I ran the best race of my life – so far! This was the third straight marathon build that I was able to survive and that was a big deal because I haven’t been healthy at the start line of even two marathons in a…

Summer Races

Alright, the silence is deafening around here. I better recap the races I ran in May and June or I might never. Watford-Alvinston Road Race (~16K) I ran the Watford-Alvinston Road Race at the end of May. It is a point-to-point rolling course which I’ve run once before. I hadn’t yet run many workouts so…

Robbie Burns 8K and Chilly Half 2018

I guess it’s been a while—two months—since my last post. This leisurely pace of releasing blog posts kind of mirrors the more relaxed approach to training I’ve been adopting over the last year. I’m trying not to sweat the small stuff too much (at least until a race is right around the corner) and to…

Plans for spring 2018

After STWM, I took three weeks off and then got back into the swing of things with five weeks of easy running, building mileage, and incorporating a new warm-up routine (lunge matrix and leg swings). This was the longest break I’ve had from running while healthy since since I started running regularly in 2013! The last…

STWM 2017

I improved my marathon personal best from 2:28:12 to 2:24:39 in Toronto last weekend after failing to survive training for a fall marathon the last three years. I’ve been wanting to run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon for a while because it attracts such a strong field of competitive runners, many of whom are vying for…

Still on the bike

Not much to report from me over the last two weeks. I’ve been cycling 5 or 6 days per week (averaging almost 10 hours per week) and my heel has been feeling normal for a couple weeks. I got out for two brief run/walk sessions just recently and after the second day’s run/walk I started…

Canadian 10K and Half championships

This weekend has two races to watch – the Ottawa 10K and Calgary Half Marathon, both of which are national championship races and can be streamed online (links below). Start lists are out and here’s who I’m watching for: Ottawa 10K — Start List | Stream | Results Eric Gillis (1:03:49 half in March) Thomas Toth…

Watching spring marathons from the sidelines

Since Around the Bay, I was able to get my hamstring under control but somehow hurt my heel/Achilles tendon and now I’ve gone from scratching the Toledo marathon off my list, to cancelling my backup plan to run the Ottawa marathon, and now I’m wondering if I’ll even be able to run the Ottawa 10K…

The hamstring injury that wouldn’t quit

Following the Chilly Half, I made it through one run before my hamstring seized up out of nowhere during an easy run. That injury, which I suspect was some kind of strain, took about two weeks to heal. I got back into a training groove for a week before running Around the Bay 30K (since…

Chilly Half 2017

I wrote a couple weeks ago that my goals for the Chilly Half were A) 1:07:xx, B) 1:08:xx, and C) a PB (better than 1:09:30). I was pretty confident that I was back carving out new levels of fitness which is why I wanted a PB. My long tempo and threshold interval workouts were faster…

8 weeks to Toledo

Alright. My kids are in bed, my wife is playing soccer, and I’ve got a beer in hand. If I can’t get this posted now, it’s never going to happen! My training has continued to go well. I’ve lost only three days to injury prevention and maintenance this cycle. I’m still running so that’s what…