First race in 6 months

I’ve now been back to running for a few months and I’ve gotten a bunch of workouts into my legs. My mileage is hovering right around the peak from my Ottawa marathon build last year (about 130 km/week) but I think I’m nearly in the best shape I’ve ever been in. That’s always a good…

Back on track

I can hardly remember where I left this blog. Back in August, I had several weeks off due to a stress fracture in my foot and then life got really busy and running had to take the backseat for a while. Finally, I’m just now getting into a routine that’s working and have run my…

Downtime

For a while there, I had a draft post talking about how my training had been going smoothly and as such was kind of boring and not really worth writing about. Following the Waterfront 10K, I had four steady weeks at 120 km/week, with a tempo run each week and a longer run. Then all…

Racing back into fitness

In the 4 weeks since Ottawa, I’ve raced two 10Ks and knocked 30 seconds off my PB. Almost time to start building for Toronto Waterfront marathon this fall.

Ottawa Marathon 2016 Recap

The short version… I ran 2:28:12 at the Ottawa marathon yesterday. That’s three minutes faster than I’ve run a marathon in the past but several minutes slower than I thought I’d be capable of. In fact, 2:28 was my target in the fall of 2014 so I’m a little disillusioned with this result (and my…

3 weeks to #TORW2016

Only three weeks left to get ready for the Ottawa marathon. I knew this shorter than usual build was going to fly by but it still hasn’t quite sunk in that I’ll be racing soon. I’m ready to get out there and put all this work to the test. I’m still undecided on a goal…

6 weeks to #TORW2016

It’s now less than 6 weeks to the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend where I’ll be running my fifth marathon. Training has been going well and I’m hopeful that over the next 4 to 5 weeks fitness will continue to progress so that I’ll be ready to go on race day. I almost jumped into a…

9 weeks to #TORW2016

There are less than 9 weeks to the Ottawa Race Weekend which means it’s time to get serious. Last year, I was building mileage in December and started 18 weeks of workouts in January. This time will be different as I will have a shortened training cycle due to my ankle troubles in January/February. Because of the shorter…

Back on the road

These overuse injuries are the worst. There isn’t a clear line on one side of which you’re injured and the other side you’re healthy; it’s all gray area and varying degrees of hurt. That’s what makes it so frustrating to deal with. You could probably run through it for a while, but eventually it will…

Overdue for a break

It seems my ankle is finally failing on me and I had to decide to scrap the racing plans I had (Chilly Half and Toledo Marathon) and take a few weeks of complete rest. I considered cross-training through this but felt that I wasn’t going to get a better time for a break with winter…

A well-timed cross-training intervention

There’s a big weekend of road racing coming up February 13/14. The US Olympic Trials for the marathon happens on the 13th in Los Angeles at 1 PM and will likely be streamed. The big news is that Galen Rupp, after running a 1:01:20 qualifying time in December, will be making his debut at the distance running the…

Deciding on races for 2016

Houston Recap First, I want to quickly recap what went down at the Houston marathon last weekend. This seems to be a huge event with tons of Canadians running. I guess it makes sense to escape our cold winter and head somewhere warm like Texas. It’s always fun when a bunch of Canadians duke it…