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…

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…