Boxing Day 10 Miler

This post has been sitting in draft mode for a while so I think it’s finally time to bite the bullet and publish it. I’ve been wanting to write up a reflection on 2015 and what I’m looking forward to in 2016 but I’ll save that for my next post and get this one out of the…

Detroit Turkey Trot 10K

Since I last posted, I have two more weeks of training in the bank and my first race to recap since July! Week of 2015-11-16 I had the swelling in my knee looked at and it appears to be bursitis which is some inflammation of a round sac that’s supposed to help reduce friction (a ‘bursa’)….

Running is happening

This title pretty well sums up how I’ve been feeling about my training over the last four weeks; Nothing too surprising or exciting… just getting in the miles and putting in good efforts for the workouts every now and then. I’ve got four weeks of 100-120 km in my legs and everything is feeling good…

I am no longer a cyclist

I finally returned the road bike I had borrowed and I’ve started logging miles on my running shoes again! It feels great to be getting back into the routine of just running regularly. I guess I missed all the awesome fall weather as we’ve had negative temperatures the last few days. Figures. I’ve been cautiously optimistic that…

Four weeks of cross-training

In the last two posts, I described how the tibialis posterior tendon near my ankle had started to bother me while running and after repeated attempts at resting (one week cross-training, then one week off, then two weeks off) and failing to come back to running without pain, I resigned myself to four weeks of…

Not quite there yet…

This was supposed to be the post where I describe how—after making the tough call to take an extended, two-week break from running—that the tendon in my ankle was no longer an issue, I had made the right decision in skipping the races I was looking forward to, and I was happy to be back…

Scrapping fall racing plans

I left off last time with a bit of a concern about a tendon near my ankle (tibialis posterior, I think) and I had decided to take an extra day off on top of the two rest days built into my training plan in order to let it heal. I thought this would be enough…

Weeks 5-9 of base for STWM

I started off writing a weekly post and now here I am writing one every 4-5 weeks. That’s almost too long for me to remember how things have been going on a weekly basis, so I’ll just give an overview of what I’ve been up to since my last post and what’s ahead. I’ve now…

Weeks 1-4 of base for STWM

Despite what the activity on this blog might suggest, I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing for the last five weeks! After Ottawa, I decided to sign on with Reid Coolsaet coaching me. My buddy Taylor Kraayenbrink has been working with Reid since November and it made a lot of sense for us to try syncing…

Ottawa Marathon Recap

The shorter version… I ran 2:31:45 for 23rd overall in the Ottawa Marathon on Sunday. This was not the result I wanted and nearly seven minutes shy of my goal. I set a target of 2:25 and I think I had the ability to run a lot closer to that time but blew it by running the…

Weeks 19+20 for Ottawa Marathon – Time to Taper

Finally, the hard work is done and I’m only two weeks from race day! From here on, it’s easy running and reduced mileage to absorb the training put in over the last six months, rest the legs, and get ready to run a marathon. I’m really not sure how it will go but I don’t…