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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Week #1 Training Recap

Now that my ankle has fully healed (hooray!), I am officially in marathon training mode!

This is my first marathon training cycle since 2003, and boy have things changed since back then. I remember DRIVING routes and using a photocopy of my neighbourhood from an old Perly’s map book to mark out my planned running routes so that I could cover off the right amount of distance on my long runs. Hardly anyone owned GPS watches back then.

I also remember running with a portable CD player strapped around my waist in a fanny pack like belt. If I ran too fast the CD’s would skip which was really, really annoying. Please tell me you guys remember these:

I had to listen to the same CD over and over on a long run because they only held 59 minutes of music. If I wanted to listen to a mix of music I had to either rip CD’s and save the songs in MP3 format to burn to a disc, or hunt for the MP3’s on Napster (later LimeWire).  Technology in the fitness sphere has really come a LONG way!

Oh wait, this wasn’t supposed to be a walk down memory lane, this was supposed to be my training recap… Ooops!  

Training this week was fantastic!  It feels amazing to be able to run again, and it feels great to mentally get out of my mourning for the sub 1:50 half marathon attempt that I didn’t even get to the start line for.  It’s nice to have a race to be excited about and working towards again.  This week I was able to RUN this week FOUR times!!! I also had two great strength sessions with my trainer. 

Monday: Ran three loops of the park.  It was a bit of a struggle to get any speed/power so I just ran at a comfortable 6:25/km pace.  There will be lots of time to get my pace back up over the next 18 weeks.

Tuesday: Strength day with my trainer.  He introduced me to this awesome new tool called “The Surge“.  This thing is awesome!  It’s a water filled hollow tube, and because the water flows freely within it, you need to hold it stable to keep your balance, otherwise the water will flow to the other end.  It’s essentially an unstable form of resistance.  We’ve used it for lunges, walking lunges, side lunges, squats, deadlifts, rows, overhead presses and get-ups. 

Wednesday: Ran three times around the park again. 8km at a faster pace than Monday’s run: 5:50/km.

Thursday: Ladder workout with my trainer, followed by a 2000m row on the indoor rower.  2 km’s seems like a short distance, but man is that ever tough when you’re rowing!  My trainer challenged me to do it in under 10 min, which I did.  I finished in 9:51.  I’d love to try to better that every week.

Friday: Got up EARLY and got my run in BEFORE work!  8km at a 6:17/km pace.  It felt amazing and I’ll have to try that more often.  I told myself that I could go for a pedicure at lunch if I got up to run, and miraculously I did it!  I even saw this cute bunny while I was out running: 


Saturday: Rest day!

Sunday: Procrastinated/lazed around the pool watching the kids swim.  Finally at 10:30 I worked up the motivation/chased my headache away enough to run.  Ran 8k with a 6:09/km pace.  My run was HOT HOT HOT! 


Total km ran this week…


This was my best week since April! I am so excited to be back!  Watch out STWM, here I come!!!

Have a fantastic week everyone!

Questions/sharing: What new fitness toys have you tried lately?



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  • Launna
    June 24, 2014 at 4:58 am

    This is awesome Janice… 🙂

    Yes I remember fanny packs, CD players (I had a tape recorder, lol) technology has come a really long way… I love the little apps that help me on my journey to get healthy. I am back on MyFitnessPal… Yay… Have a great day 🙂

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    June 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Great week of training! That surge thing looks cool. And I never did run with a discman but I certainly remember them. Running definitely does seem easier now days with all the technology.

  • Kim
    June 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Glad you are back in training mode again!!
    Yes, I totally remember the frustrations of trying to run with those little portable CD players.

  • {Running} Rachel
    June 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    You are rocking your training! I am so proud of you! I agree. When I ran my first half marathon back in 2004… there were no fancy GPS or training watches (or atleast non that I was able to get my hands on). I used a simple stop watch to mark my time on a premapped/route that I did online via mapquest. LOL


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