10 Signs You’re Training for a Marathon

In just 3 months, I will be toeing the start line of the Boston Marathon. I feel like even if you didn’t know I was training for a marathon, after quick look through my room (and my Strava) it would become pretty obvious. Here are 7 signs you’re training for a marathon:

1. You’re super stocked up on run fuel.

Can’t train for a long-distance event without fuel, so I have a bunch on hand for all the long runs I’ll be doing leading up to race day.

2. This is the view from your bed.

These are the medals I have received since living in BC, and my acceptance card for Boston 2018. #motivation

3. Your hydration game is on point.

Hydration is obviously very important in life as well as in endurance training and I like to replenish electrolytes by using Nuun.

4. Your training journal lives next to your bed.

Though my training schedule is kept on an excel doc, I also like to have it written in a training journal. I write down what the run is, any notes about how it went, what shoes I wore as well as when I do strength training.

5. The answer to have you seen…on Netflix is almost always YES! Recovery is a major part of training and admittedly, I spend a lot of my recovery time watching Netflix. Always accepting recommendations! Just started Black Mirror.

6. You have a stock-pile of running shoes ready to wear.

Saucony is my preferred brand of running shoes, especially Kinvara’s and the Freedom ISO’s. I have run in Saucony’s for all 3 of the marathons I have done and plan to run in them in Boston as well.

7. You have pre-scheduled your sports massages for the entire training cycle. What can I say, runners tend to like structure, routine and planning oh and massages, duh.

8. Reading for pleasure is mostly made up of running content.

Other reading I have done recently includes a 46 page power point presentation on nutrition for marathon running. I plan to print out some of the key slides and post them on the fridge.

9. You use running as a means of transportation. I am a big fan of the run commute. Instead of spending the time and money to get home and then run, I run home instead. It allows me to run while there’s still daylight, and saves time. No brainer. I also “ran” an errand the other day during my run commute home.

10. When people ask what you’re doing this weekend, you send them this meme:

Or this one:

10.

Training Recap Jan 15-21

This week, I like thousands of others finished my Lululemon x Strava challenge. Congrats to everyone who completed it, it is great to see so many people getting out there and crushing winter miles. This week I decided to commit to doing strength training twice a week in addition to core, because I want to feel strong on the hills of Boston.

Here is what I did last week:

Monday: OFF. I did a strength training workout and some core.

Tuesday: 45′ easy,

Wednesday: I did a core workout before work (very unusual for me), and then our group workout was a series of 7 hills we typically do in the winter called the 7 sisters.

Thursday: 60′ easy, I ran home from work. I also did strength training.

Friday: 40′ easy, I ran to work. Really made the most of those run commutes this week.

Saturday: Group WO, 15′ easy, 3 sets of 11′ as 5’@4:30, 1’@4:20, 5’@4:30, 20′ easy. This was a bigger one, but it went well. I also did core.

Sunday: 120′ easy, headed out with 2 team-mates along Lochside, ended up passing through a race course (we stepped aside to let them go) and then continued on. We haven’t had a long run on Lochside in a while and made it all the way to the pigs, which is a landmark on long runs.

Total Weekly Mileage: 72.2 km

This week the mileage will increase and the second race of the year is next Sunday, not taper since it is not a goal race.

Training Recap January 1-7

So I haven’t done a training recap in 3 weeks, but rather than writing the most boring post ever with 3 weeks worth of runs, I’ll talk about last week and summarize the other 2.

I went to Toronto for Christmas from December 21-28. It was very cold, and very snowy. I ran anyway. It was definitely challenging trying to do a workout in the snow, it was hard to get good footing and I didn’t hit my paces, but the effort was there. My long run was challenging too, I feel like running in the snow takes more energy than usual. I did my final track workout while I was in  Toronto at the Monarch Park stadium, there is a 370m indoor track which I was happy to use. That workout went very well and it felt good to go fast instead of trudging through the snow.

I am back to running 6 days a week unless it is a race week, I haven’t done that since the fall when I was preparing for STWM, but since Boston is coming up in 3-months, it’s time to get serious again.

Here is what I did last week.

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 45′ easy, I did a little out and back on Lochside, day one of the Lululemon x Strava challenge. I am going for 80km. I also did a core workout.

Wednesday: Group Wo, a bit of a lighter one in preparation for race day. 20′ easy, 1km @4:08, 4×90” @5km, 1km@4:03, 20′ easy. I also did an upper-body workout.

Thursday: 50′ easy, headed out on Lochside with my running buddy Binder.

Friday: OFF.

Saturday: 30′ easy and strides, the shortest Saturday run ever. I also went for a nice long walk on the beach with my friend and her dog, it was sunny and warm, about 8C!

Sunday: Race Day! 20′ easy, Pioneer 8km race, 30′ easy. Check out my Race Recap: Pioneer 8km 

Total Weekly Mileage: 49.4 km

Race Recap: Pioneer 8km

Only 1-week into 2018, and I have already raced. This was my second year running the pioneer 8km, it is the first race of the Island Race series. This year had a brand new course, said to be flat and fast. It also had horrendous West Coast January weather, it was dark, pouring rain, and windy. It may not be a polar vortex, but in contrast to the day before, 8C and sunny, it was pretty brutal. Poor weather or not, we had committed and had a race to run.

The races in this series start pretty late, at 11am, to give people from out of town a chance to get there. We arrived just after 10am, we had to grab our bibs, one of us still needed to register, and of course we had to do our warm-up. After some moaning and groaning, we left the warm school and began our 20-minute warm-up. The start was about 1km from the school, so we did get to see a bit of the course, enough to see that it was not totally flat. After a few strides, we stood under some trees with our team-mates waiting to line up.

We threw off our jackets at the last second and huddled together just behind the mat, waiting to go. In spite of being close to the front, it was quite congested for the first km. We were running down a country road, but it wasn’t very wide. My plan was to start off between 4:20-30. The first km was just under 4:20, fine, but I decided to pull back a little. Unfortunately, the km markers weren’t matching my watches’ km’s, I would pass the markers and a few m later, my watch would show completing another km. Not my favourite, but what do you do?

The second km was about 4:30, this included some incline. The third km was about 4:40, not good, more incline and wind. Finally there was some downhill taking us to the turn-around point, km four was about 4:23, back on track. Except then, there was the largest incline of the whole race and it was tiring. So, the fifth km was just under 5:00. Not good, but I knew I could make it up. I did just that and the sixth km was under 4:15. The seventh was about 4:25. The final km was 4:02. I was very happy to cross that mat and be done! Be done with the race that is, there was still the cool-down to do.

My overall pace was 4:29, and time was 35:50. Not bad. This has reinforced the idea that I need to do hill-training in preparation for Boston!! A necessary evil.

Next-up: Cobble Hill 10km on January 21.