Training Recap September 18-24

This week was one of the final major training weeks leading up to the marathon. There is one big week left and then thing go down a notch into taper mode. Going into this week, I was mentally preparing for a key workout, a progression run, which I was nervous about. Here is how the week went:

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 45′ easy, I also did the NTC core strength workout.

Wednesday: Group workout, 20′ easy, 3 sets of an 1800m loop marked with different coloured pylons indicating a change in pace from tempo to 5km race pace, 10′ easy. This was a super fun workout and I loved it!

Thursday: 60′ easy, change of scenery, route, everything. This was a nice run on Dallas rd, a beautiful day and great company! I also did the NTC abs and arms workout.

Friday: 30′ easy, used this to run to work.

Had to get it done early due to the key workout the following day.

Saturday: Partial group workout, 30′ easy, 45’@5:13, 15’@5:09, 20’4:58, for a total of 21km. This was down at Dallas Rd again because many of my team-members are participating in Victoria Marathon events and this allowed them to train on the course. I also did the NTC ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Sunday: 135′ easy, did a big loop including Dallas Rd. 3 times in one week! Such a beautiful place to run and lovely fall day. I also did the NTC core strength workout.

Total Weekly Mileage: 82.5km

I am excited for my peak mileage week, but I also cannot believe how fast this training cycle went by!

Training Recap Sept 11-17

This week I prepared for my final race before the marathon, and did one of the longest runs of this training cycle. Here are the specifics:

Monday: OFF. I did the NTC Ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Tuesday: 50′ easy, left my stuff and work and took advantage of being a perfect distance from home. I also did the NTC Core Strength Workout.

Wednesday: Group workout, we met downtown for a change and since I was racing my workout was different than everyone else but we still used the same loop for the WO. 20′ easy, 2 sets of 5 x 2′ @10km, 20′ easy. For the second set of our respective workouts we were supposed to cover the pace screen on the watch and run by feel. I actually practice this myself sometimes, but it was funny timing since during my race on Saturday I had no GPS for the entire thing and was forced into running by feel, very irritating in a race situation though!

Thursday: 60′ easy, headed out after work on a regular route. I also did the NTC Abs and Arms workout.

Friday: 20′ easy, 5 x 10” strides, took this super easy around east van.

Saturday: 20′ easy, Eastside 10km, 60′ easy, typically I enjoy this race a lot, but after 5km this year I did not. The change in course and more hills was unexpected (to be fair I didn’t study the map), as soon as I hit the 1200m of hills my energy disappeared. So not the time I would normally look to do at a 10km, which was initially difficult to wrap my head around. It’s okay though, still a good workout during my marathon training cycle, and I have to remember it was not my goal race. I also did the NTC core strength workout.

Sunday: Long run day, 3hrs/31.6km there aren’t many of these in my training cycle and I am happy to say this one went super well. I had energy, I took all my fuel, never felt sick at all and my pace was consistent, now that is a WIN.

Total Weekly Mileage: 87.9

Tomorrow is my turn to register for the 2018 Boston Marathon (AHHHHH!)!

Training Recap September 4-10

This week I was in Victoria, after 3 or so weeks of being away. I must say, it’s a bit strange to be back. The week was relatively good, with a minor setback on Wednesday. That aside, the week was solid and my massive Saturday workout went well, hoping they continue to go well!

Monday: OFF.

Tuesday: 50′ easy, headed out after work with an island running buddy. I also did the NTC Core Strength workout.

Wednesday: Group WO, I went into this expecting great things, but as soon as the actual workout portion started, I found it hard (or impossible) to pick up the pace to where I needed to. Coach said no worry, probably just the iron. Some days it works out, some days it doesn’t. At least it wasn’t a key workout! I did the NTC Abs and Arms workout.

Thursday: OFF. I did the NTC Ab burner 2.0 workout.

Friday: 30′ easy, headed out after work for a super easy little run to shake the legs out before the big Saturday WO.

Saturday: 20′ easy, 2 x 15′ @4:45-50, 3 x 10′ @4:40-45, 3 x 5′ @ 4:35 or faster, 20′ easy. I was nervous about this because of what happened on Wednesday, but I did it and that was great.

Sunday: 90′ easy, what a short long run! It was a beautiful sunny day and I ran out to fisherman’s wharf and back. I also did the NTC Abs and Arms workout.

Total Weekly Mileage: 50.1km

I will be having a bit of an easier week in preparation for the Eastside 10km next weekend in Vancouver!

Also, it’s only 6 weeks until Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

And! Happy Boston registration week!

Training Recap August 28-Sept 3

This week went well, I am happy with how my runs went, especially given it was a higher mileage week. My week started in Vancouver and then I was in Victoria for 1 night and 1 run before heading up to Campbell River for the long-weekend. It’s been super hot this weekend making it even harder to believe that it’s September.

Monday: OFF. No strength training, no core. Those were the instructions so I followed them.

Tuesday: 80′ easy, now this was an interesting run. About 15-20′ in my watch buzzed with a text from a coworker asking if I was awake, I pulled over to figure out what was going on. Turned out the alarm company had called her at 2am saying there was a break-in at our production facility. We weren’t sure what had happened so I ended up turning around and running over to the production site to check it out. Luckily, all was fine! I also did the NTC Ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Wednesday: WO Wednesday, instead of doing this one alone, I recruited my running buddy, Taylor to join me. The WO was 20′ easy, 3 sets of: 3-2-1, 30′ easy. We went out on the Seawall and crushed it.

Thursday: 50′ easy AM, 30′ easy PM, the AM run was done in Vancouver and the PM run was done in Victoria. I also did the NTC Ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Friday: 70′ easy, this was done in the afternoon once I arrived in Campbell River. I had tried to research running routes, but didn’t turn up much. It was a bit of an adventure and dead end street tour, but I got to learn the area a bit. I also did the NTC core strength workout.

Saturday: Solo WO, 20′ easy, 2 sets of 10 x 3′ at 4:40-4:50, 20′ easy, this was hot, hot, hot. I also did the NTC Ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Sunday: 150′ (2.5 hrs) easy, after unsuccessfully trying to scope out alternative routes, I decide to just go for it and start my run down Island Highway. Initially I was hesitant as it is a “highway”, but the shoulder is wide and it’s not a super busy highway. The run was great, once I got closer to the “downtown” there was a waterfront path and sidewalk to run on. The waterfront is beautiful in Campbell River boasting clear mountain views and also Quadra Island.

Total Weekly Mileage: 101. 5

This week will be a bit lighter as I prepare for the Eastside 10km in just under 2 weeks. This is one of my favourite races and I am excited to try out the new course.