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ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Week 12 Training Recap #STWM

Happy Monday everyone!

How was your training last week? Getting into my training after last week’s vacation was hard and I didn’t jump back into it the way I had planned. This week was quite honestly a mental struggle. I’m really struggling with motivating myself to follow my training plan for this marathon. I think this stems from two things:

  1. I’m not sure how badly I really want to run a full marathon. Because I was under trained for the last two marathons that I ran my brain keeps remembering how excruciatingly painful the last 10k of those were. I’m not looking forward to going through that ever again.
  2. I hate super long runs. I completely lose my interest in running after I’ve been running for two hours. Actually sometimes I lose my interest in running after running a mere 500 meters.

So now you’re probably asking yourself why I’m running this marathon, right? Don’t worry, I ask myself the very same thing every time I run. I’m sure many runners ask themselves the same question at about this point in training but after the marathon is done they feel an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment for sticking with it. I think that’s the whole point of endurance races – goal setting, motivating yourself to stick with the plan, and the joy of accomplishing something really physically hard. It takes a lot of mental toughness to wake up early and push through long training runs – finishing the race just proves to yourself that you set a goal and had the mental toughness to complete it.

There will be days when you don’t think you can run a marathon.  There will be a lifetime of knowing that you have.

It was that thought process that helped me to bring my training slowly up to speed this week:

Monday: This was the Labour Day holiday so we spent a nice quiet family day at home getting ready for the inevitable back-to-school madness.

Tuesday: First day of school for the kiddos, and first day back to work for me after my vacation the week before. We all slept-in (of course) so I didn’t manage to get my run in before work. Dropping my two oldest off at school went well, but then some confusion ensued over whether Amber was supposed to be in the Before/After school YMCA program and school that day, or not. After much discussion with the YMCA and the school it turned out that only SENIOR Kindergarten kids had school that week, and only the Senior Kindergarten kids were going to the Before/After school program. It was then a mad dash to my parents place to drop Amber off so they could babysit for us (thanks mom!), and then a mad dash to work. As a result I only had time for a short 3k run at lunch time.

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L-R: Sierra (Grade 4), Amber (Junior Kindergarten), Brooke (Grade 2)
Wednesday: Amber’s official 30 min introduction to kindergarten day. I took the day off as a vacation day to take her to her appointment with her teacher at noon. This first meeting requires parents to fill-out paper work, sign up for snacks and play dough making etc so I needed to go. While I didn’t get an official workout in, I did walk back and forth to the school three times that day. I also mowed the lawn in our backyard so that we could have friends over for an end of the pool season swim. Lawn mowing counts as marathon training right?

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First day of kindergarten.

Thursday: Was incredibly disappointed when I discovered at lunch that I had only brought one sock for my lunch run. I ran anyways, but only ran 5k. Given how prone I am to nasty blisters I switched the foot that got to wear the sock halfway through my run.

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Friday: Rested in anticipation of Saturday’s long 30k run.

Saturday: Woke up at 5:30 am, ate breakfast, had a coffee, got dressed and was all ready to run when it started pouring outside. My blister-prone feet don’t do well with the rain so I sat and waited until the rain stopped. By the time it stopped there wasn’t enough time left in the day for me to get my long run in due to Sierra’s softball Champs Day and a BBQ we were going to that night.

Sunday: Got up early and ran a slow 15k. Hubby was planning on taking the girls to Shinny but we discovered right after my 15k that the arena schedule changed. I then refilled my Fuel belt bottles and headed back out to run another slow 15k. It was brutally boring, but I did it! I ran 30k all by myself!!

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I’m now 6 weeks out from the marathon and have gotten in a few decent long runs so I’m going to stick this marathon thing out! It scares me and I hate the training but I know I will feel so accomplished after the race so I’m just gonna keep on trucking with the training. This week’s training plan is:

Monday: Back to strength training with my strength and conditioning coach
Tuesday: 8k easy morning run.
Wednesday: Strength training with my strength and conditioning coach
Thursday: 8k easy morning run.
Friday: BodyPump
Saturday: 30k long run
Sunday: Rest

Perhaps those past two weeks “off” of training was needed so I could be mentally rested for the next 6 weeks?

Have a great week everyone!

How do you motivate yourself to do a hard workout?


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  • Launna
    September 9, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Janice your girls are adorable, I love that they are just as active as you, I am encouraging Valentina daily… 🙂 Have a great week ahead 😉

  • Kim
    September 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I’m not sure why but I rarely get bored while running – I do a lot of my runs on the treadmill and catch up on my DVRed shows so that helps.
    That picture of your girls is super cute!!!

  • Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!
    September 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I love that you still went running with only one sock and switched it! I ran without socks one day at work when I had forgotten them and was really nervous about blisters!

  • Rachel
    September 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Great question. I guess I motivate myself to start a hard workout is knowing how I will feel AFTERWARDS. Sometimes the hardest part is STARTING… once I am 10 minutes into the workout I am good (a sweaty, stinky, salty mess… but good). 🙂

  • Heather @ Divas Run for Bling
    September 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    It looks like you had a pretty good week. It is so hard to get some of those super long runs in so just stick to it and you’ll survive your marathon for sure

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Oh my heavens so they make that first day of Kindergarten outfit in adult sizes because I really want it.

  • Christine {dreamBIGrunner}
    September 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Good job on not quitting! With the right training and positive attitude, you will have a great race!


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