Training & life update: October 5

The 84 kilometres from the past seven days represent my peak week in training for the Hamilton Marathon. We are visiting my parents this weekend in Niagara-On-The-Lake, so I was able to switch up the scenery for my 35km run on Saturday. It was a nice change. As much as I LOVE running in Ottawa, training 19 weeks on the same routes can be a bit repetitive.

Week 19

Monday: Planned – Rest

Actual – Rest. These past few weeks I’ve been doing back to back runs on the weekend, so Monday has been my rest day (normally Sunday). Enjoyed a beautiful walk home after work.

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Tuesday: Planned – 10km easy

Actual – 10@5:39. Easy effort. Legs feeling pretty good.

Wednesday: Planned – 17km with 12km @ 5:05

Actual – 17@5:23 with 9.5km at goal pace. (1) 6:03 (2) 5:29 (3) 5:24 (4) 5:05* (5) 4:57* (6) 4:57* (7) 5:04* (8) 5:05* (9) 5:05* (10) 5:01* (11) 5:01* (12) 5:09* (13) 5:13* (14) 5:45 (15) 6:08 (16) 6:16 (17) 5:46.

A bit of a struggle fest. Ran into stomach issues around 12km and fall apart. I look back on this run and I can point to the moment I consciously said “back off.” It’s frustrating when you give yourself permission to do that. I try to keep those moments to a minimum.

Thursday: Planned – 12km easy

Actual – 12@6:07. After Wednesday’s run, I went out with the goal of taking it easy. I listened to Rich Roll’s podcast and z o n e d out. I also took a 200m detour to run past my favourite waterfall.

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Friday: Planned – Rest

Actual – Rest. 6 hours in the car from Ottawa to Niagara for Thanksgiving. We took a different route which cut out much of the Toronto traffic (thank goodness). I was conscious of the 35km I had planned for the morning, so I snacked and drank Nuun along the way.

Saturday: Planned – 35km easy

Actual – 35@5:51. (1) 7:43 (2) 6:01 (3) 5:47 (4) 5:45 (5) 5:42 (6) 5:47 (7) 5:49 (8) 5:53 (9) 5:48 (10) 5:52 (11) 5:54 (12) 5:45 (13) 5:45 (14) 5:46 (15) 5:43 (16) 5:43 (17) 5:49 (18) 5:48 (19) 5:56 (20) 5:41 (21) 5:37 (22) 5:48 (23) 5:54 (24) 5:42 (25) 5:44 (26) 5:41 (27) 5:59 (28) 5:49 (29) 5:47 (30) 5:35 (31) 5:35 (32) 5:40 (33) 5:33 (34) 5:51 (35) 5:35

What a brilliantly perfect day for a long run. My Mom and I started together at Queenston Heights. My plan was to keep paces easy, practice my race-day fuelling strategy and finish feeling good. I’m pleased to say I accomplished ALL of the above.

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I listened to Rich Roll’s interview with Adam Scully-Power for the first half of the run before putting on my iPod. My two current favourites are: Imagine Dragons: Shots (Broiler Remix) & Galantis: Peanut Butter Jelly.

Fuelling was the name of the game for this run. To date, I’ve only used two gels for my long runs. Realistically, I know I will need 4 for the marathon, so I wanted to use at least 3 in a training run.

Around 24km my stomach felt OFF. I even considered doing the remaining 11km without the 3rd gel. The thought of digesting another gel was making me nauseous. By 25km, I felt blood sugar issues coming on and I came to my senses and quickly took out the gel. I nursed that for a kilometre and by 26.5km, I was feeling good.

We often dwell on how quickly things can fall apart, but for me this is a lesson that YOU CAN ALWAYS TURN THINGS AROUND.

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Sunday: Planned – 10km easy

Actual – 10@6:05

Total: 84km

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