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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Recap Week #2

Two weeks of #STWM training down, 16 weeks left to go!

Six weeks ago I was bummed out about how slowly the recovery was going from my ankle sprain and that weird shin splints/compartment syndrome/peroneal strain thing that I just couldn’t shake. I was angry, frustrated and worried that I’d never get back to running. I was ready to call it quits and to start body building or joining crossfit to take my mind off of the fact that I keep on injuring myself while running. I had completely lost faith in my body.


I’m not sure I really held it together, but I did keep on working to heal. Slowly, my body has fully recovered… Thank you rest, proper nutrition and progressively increasing the load! I’ve gotten back to being able to run, and even back to training – my running confidence is back!


 In last week’s recap I remarked that I was super excited that I was finally able to handle longer runs (anything over 5k), and this week I even handled TWO double-digit runs! I am totally amazed at how capable my body is and how quickly it can recover from injury, even though I’m inching closer to 40 everyday (I’ll be 39 next week). At the time healing felt incredibly long, but in reality returning completely to training 6 weeks after a bad ankle sprain is peanuts. It’s funny how your perspective changes about how long it took to recover once you’ve fully recovered – it seems longer when you’re going through it, but eventually you do get through it.

Here’s my Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon training recap:

I’ve changed up my training plan, so I no longer run on Mondays and Wednesdays, instead I now workout with my strength coach on Mondays and Wednesdays. We worked out again with The Surge which was super tough and I was a hot sweaty mess afterwards. I love how any exercise with the Surge uses full body strength. Even a simple squat requires upper body and core stability/strength to prevent the water from sloshing around in the Surge therefore throwing you off-balance. My workout with my coach consists of: squats, single leg deadlifts, single leg lunges, side lunges, skaters lunge jumps, get ups and presses all done with the Surge. It’s crazy hard, but amazing all at the same time. I feel so energized and powerful afterwards!

Woke up early to get my run in before work. I started with a 2k warm up, then ran 4k at tempo (5:30/km), then finished with a 2k cool down. It was incredibly muggy considering it was only 6am, but I got it done!


Another tough strength workout with my coach using the Surge. To close the workout I rowed 2k as fast as I could on the indoor rower, trying to beat my time from last week. I managed to beat it by a full 26 seconds! I rowed 2k in 9 min and 25 seconds was so dizzy at the end that I had to stay seated on the rower for a good few minutes afterwards so that I wouldn’t faint.

My body was incredibly sore from Wednesdays strength and rowing day, so I slept in to get some more rest, and ended up taking a full recovery day. It was awesome and very much-needed!

My legs felt incredibly rejuvenated and refreshed from the rest day, but I had unfortunately stayed up a bit too late Thursday night, so waking up was tough. As my alarm was going off I reminded myself of all the benefits of running before work. I reluctantly got up, ate a quick breakfast (Multi-Grain Cheerios +Ancient Grains Cereal – you can check out my review and enter to win a Fitness Giveaway including 3 boxes of the new Cheerios, a Lululemon Yoga Mat and a Nutribullet here), then headed out for my run. I ran 8k with an average pace of 6:10/km. I came home after to find my 6-year-old wearing her running clothes and crying because I had gone on a run without her. It broke my heart.

With 16k on my training plan, I woke up at 5:30 am to sneak out for 10k, then to pick up my 6-year-old so that she could ride her bike with me as I covered the last 6k. Unfortunately my other two woke up early and caught me trying to sneak out, so I cuddled and watched cartoons with them until 7 am. I then woke up my 6-year-old and asked her if she was still interested in coming on my run with me, or if she wanted to sleep some more. Her eyes popped open and she enthusiastically got dressed and ate her breakfast so that she could join me. Man, I wish I had that kind of energy in the morning! She wanted to ride her bike the 5k to my parents place so that she could surprise them. We arrived there at 7:45 and boy were they ever surprised! My mom was still sleeping, and my early rising dad had drifted back to sleep on the couch watching golf highlights (that would put me to sleep too). They loved the surprise visit, and Brooke was super proud of her accomplishment. Brooke had a birthday party to get to that morning, so we didn’t stay long. We then biked/ran the 5k back to our house so that she could get ready for the party.


I’m really glad that I abandoned my training plan, and spent the quality time exercising with Brooke. Now my oldest wants to surprise my parents one morning with me too…

While at BBQ with my friends Saturday night, I agreed to go out for a run with them on Sunday morning for Run Club at the Running Room. Jason and I were planning a 15 – 16k run, and Juliette was planning a 10k run. The plan was to run the 10k route with Juliette, then when we returned to the store, Jason and I would head out for 5k while Juliette stretched etc. Unfortunately we made a wrong turn and got incredibly lost looking for Lake Aquitane to circle. Our 10k turned into 15k and we found a completely other lake to circle.


 Lake Wabukayne.

We eventually also found the lake we were looking for, but decided not to circle it and to instead save our energy for trying to find our way back to the Running Room store.


Finally found Lake Aquitane.

Juliette and Jason learned the hard way why I just run tight loops around my neighbourhood or around the park near work when I run. I have absolutely no sense of direction, hence why the North Face Endurance Challenge half marathon in two weeks from now is frightening – I bet that I’ll somehow turn that half marathon into a 30k.

 In my defense, that’s a picture of the map – notice that there isn’t a “you are here” marker and that the trail around Lake Wabukane is actually marked as Lake Aquitane Trail and vice versa.

My total over 4 runs this week was 40k + I completed 2 strength workouts.

This coming week is a weird week because of the Canada Day holiday on Tuesday. Monday I’ll be working and doing a strength workout with my coach full of bounding, hopping and squat jumps etc. Then I’ll be running a fun 5k race with my friends Tuesday morning, then hanging around the pool for the afternoon, then headed to another friend’s house for a pool party/bbq. I’m thinking about making this yummy Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad recipe that I found. Wednesday will be a recovery day and I’ll do a light strength workout at home. I’ll be running 8k on Thursday, and 16k on Saturday, followed by a recovery swim on Sunday (as I’m contemplating adding two sprint triathlons to my race schedule next month).

Have a great week everyone!

Question: Have you ever gotten lost on a run?


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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    June 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Looks like you had a great training week overall. I love that your girls want to join you, that’s so awesome! Your strength workouts with your coach sound great. I’m trying to figure out how to get the most out of my weekly strength workouts. I used to do lifting 3 days per week and now I’m only doing one while marathon training.

    • Janice
      July 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Finding the balance between running and strength requires a lot of trial and error. I do two full body functional strength workouts a week, and run 3 times. If I do any more than that I get injured. Good luck on finding the right balance for you!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    June 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Before our first marathon I got my training buddy and I lost on our last long run and our 20 turned into 22.

    • Janice
      July 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Yikes! Those last two miles must’ve felt like they would never end!

  • Emma
    July 1, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Getting lost on the run is a time honoured tradition – done it more than a few times myself! What triathlons are you thinking about? I’m still missing the whole swim piece but I’m thinking I might do the duathlon at Guelph Lake.

    • Janice
      July 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Uh oh – looks like you’ll be joining us multisport athletes soon! I’ll be doing Iron Girl Canada and Ontario Women’s Triathlon because I like that these are women only races so that I won’t be passed as much on the bike by the speedy men. I did Guelph Lake I before kids and hated the sound of the men whizzing past me on the bike.

  • Ellie
    July 2, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I love your memes! Really inspiring : )

  • Randy
    July 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I’m going through injury problems too, so I can appreciate your excitement at being able to go again. I’m having knee problems that may make running too taxing (I’m over 50). Haven’t given up but the injuries are getting hard to overcome. Congrats to you on working your way through them.


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