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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’)….

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…

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 9+10 for Ottawa Marathon (race: Chilly Half)

Another two weeks of training in the bank and a great tune up race at the Chilly Half. Week 9/22 Monday: 70′ with 4x1T-ish (10.7 miles @ 6:30/mile). I tried to get in a workout, but the roads were covered in packed, slippery snow. On top of that, it was -20°C… so cold. Tuesday: 60′…

Weeks 5+6 for Ottawa Marathon (race: Hot Cocoa 10K)

As far as running is concerned, this has been a pretty good winter in south western Ontario! Last year I had to slog through a bunch of terribly cold and snowy runs and while I like to think they made me stronger and more determined, I’m much happier to run on clear roads with good…