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:
Monday: 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.
Tuesday: 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?!?
Wednesday: 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.
Thursday: Planned: 10k tempo run Actual: Rest.
Friday: 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!
Saturday: 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!
I’m Janice – a busy Canadian working mom of three competitive girls (12, 10 and 6) who play rep hockey and rep softball.
I have B.Sc in Kinesiology and I'm passionate about running and healthy living. When I'm not working or chauffeuring you can find me creating recipes, being a coach to my daughter's softball team and a trainer for my youngest daughter's hockey team.
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