8 weeks to Toledo

Alright. My kids are in bed, my wife is playing soccer, and I’ve got a beer in hand. If I can’t get this posted now, it’s never going to happen! My training has continued to go well. I’ve lost only three days to injury prevention and maintenance this cycle. I’m still running so that’s what…

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…

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 3+4 for Ottawa Marathon

A few more weeks of training in the books. Winter is finally here and the temperature has plummeted to -15°C (-25°C with windchill) so no more running in shorts. The only thing that keeps me going out there are layers and as little exposed skin as possible. Thankfully, I haven’t had to break out the…

Hamilton Marathon Recap

I decided to throw in the towel and not race the Hamilton Marathon. My left leg has been a problem for eight weeks and even after several weeks of partial running and nearly two weeks of complete rest, I’m still finding it uncomfortable to walk after the short, half-hour jog I got in last Tuesday….

Week 17/18 for Hamilton Marathon

The majority of this week was spent not running (in fact, I did not run a single mile), doing stretching and strengthening exercises, using the elliptical, and generally just trying to let my body recover as best I could. I’m hopeful that things will come together and I’ll be able to run the Hamilton marathon…

Week 16/18 for Hamilton Marathon

Clearly, my body is ready for a break from running. That and my eagerness to get back to training seem to be at odds and once again I am dealing with injury. After a good return last week, it seems I pushed it too quickly and after a tough but successful workout on Tuesday, I…