Fitness/ Running

Final ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Recap – It’s Race Week!!! #STWM

Wow, I’m in the last 6 days of taper before the marathon! The past 17 weeks of marathon training has flown by. There were lots of days of self doubt over whether or not I could stick with this training but by taking it one day and one training run at a time I made it through… injury free! I took the less is more approach with my training, choosing to only run 3 or 4 times a week, plus two days of strength training. I think that was the right approach for ME. My body just wasn’t ready to handle 5 days a week of running when I first began this journey in June. If you remember I was just coming off of a bad ankle sprain:

Thankfully this healed well.

I can honestly say I’m now ready to tackle this distance. I’ve trained to endure it, but not to PB it. That’s ok wth me though, as the next few years go by I can add in more speedwork while maintaining the endurance so that I can RACE this distance. Maybe I’ll give qualifying for Boston a good try next fall when the kids are a bit older? I often forget with all of my goals that my youngest is still only three and that we have a busy family life, though admittedly getting up early to run now is MUCH easier than it was even a year ago. I’m hoping that next year will be even easier.

Here’s how this week’s “training” went:

Planned: Strength workout with my strength coach.
Actual: Worked on a bunch of glute and postural strengthening drils with my strength coach. When I run a long distance my pace really suffers when my form starts failing so we spent a lot of time working on the endurance of my postural muscles.

Planned: 8k before work
Actual: Slept in so I ran 5k on my lunch break. My legs felt FANTASTIC and even though this was supposed to be a taper week I let my legs RUN. ANd boy did they run – I set a new personal 5k best: 24:19! I wonder how much I can improve if I get done to “race weight” and do more speed work?!?

Planned: Strength workout with my strength coach.
Actual: My coach and I worked on my flexibility, particlarly my hips, quads, hamstrings, calves and soleous. After the weeks and weeks of training I’m pretty stiff.

Planned: 10k tempo run
Actual: Rest.

Planned: Rest.
Actual: Rest. This was the start of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend so everyone had the day off from school and work so we made the 6 hour drive up to my in-laws place up in Ottawa. They go away at Christmas so this is like our Christmas with them only better because there are no gifts, just a weekend of enjoying my mother-in-laws awesome cooking. (I may regret all of the eating I did this weekend come race day when I have to haul the extra few lbs I put on through the marathon).

Even my “mid distance” runs are much faster!

Planned: 15k
Actual: Ran 11k. My in-laws looked after the kids while I snuck out for a run, and hubby napped. After wards we drove to hubby’s grandmother’s place to bring her a special dinner and so we could visit quietly with her.


Planned: Rest
Actual: Rest. Thanksgiving!!!
We all got “kicked” out so my mother-in-law could cook so we headed to the barn where my nieces board their horses. My niece was nice enough to give each of us our own mini horseback riding lesson. I have honestly never been on a horse before besides the fair ponies. I was scared but put on a brave face for the kids.

And dinner was AMAZING of course!!!

Today I rested as well which is making me feel really unprepared for the marathon even though I know that’s what’s best for me.

This week my plan is:

Monday: Rest.
Tuesday: 8k run before work
Wednesday: Strength train with my coach
Thursday: 5k easy run
Friday: rest

Saturday: rest
Sunday: 42.2 km…. RACE DAY!!!

I’m really looking forward to getting the race over and done with now – the nervous energy is KILLING me!

Have a great week everyone!

Question: How was your weekend?


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  • Carmy
    October 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I’m glad you’re all healed up! I cannot wait for this Sunday. I’m getting taper crazy!

    • Janice
      October 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Me too – you can do it Carmy!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    October 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Enjoy your taper and rest assured that you’ve put in the miles. Trust your training. Good luck this weekend!

    • Janice
      October 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Deborah!

  • Rachel
    October 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    You are amazing and are going to rock your marathoN! When I fist read this, my heart dropped to my stomach thinking you reinjured your ankle! Thankfully I was wrong and you are healthy! 🙂

    • Janice
      October 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Hubby warned me not to get on the horse for that very reason – thankfully klutzy me didn’t hurt anything 🙂

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    October 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    WHOA that ankle made my ankle hurt but I am glad it has healed nicely. Congrats on your training – seems like you are taking the right approach.

  • Kerri Olkjer
    October 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. I definitely do better with the less is more training when it comes to distance.

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    October 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!! So excited for you that it’s race week!! Enjoy these last few days and you’re going to do great!

  • Elle
    October 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    happy thanksgiving. you are gonna rock your race! good luck to you.

  • jill conyers
    October 14, 2014 at 4:13 am

    You’ve got this! Imagine how that nervous energy is going to serve you well on race day!

  • Vitamin Berry
    October 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

    At first when i saw started reading i got shock that you have got hurt for ankle but later by reading it recovered easily. Nice post and thanks for sharing.

  • Toni
    October 14, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Good luck! I am running 20 miles today, my last long run prior to the NYC marathon

  • Launna
    October 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This is exciting Janice, I know you will do great… I adore how driven you are and how you kept going even when it was hard… that’s how I want to be… 🙂

    Good Luck with the race ?

  • Jennifer
    October 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

    You’re gonna do awesome, girl!!!

  • Kim
    October 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    WooHoo – almsot race day – you are going to crush it!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    October 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    So excited that your race day is almost here!


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