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…

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…

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…

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…