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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Week #6 Training Recap

I know this is a little late but I’m on vacation this week with the hubby for our 10 yr anniversary. I started writing this on Sunday and am just now getting around to finishing and publishing, sorry!

Wow!  Has it been 6 weeks of training already?!?  Man – I better bust out some longer runs over the next few weeks otherwise this marathon will be brutal.  While I love running 8 to 10k, anything over that scares me and I tend to procrastinate doing those longer runs.  The funny thing is that I KNOW very well that whether I get those long runs in or not that will make or break my marathon, yet I still procrastinate….


Training this week was pretty good.  I was suffering from a random weird fever, sore throat and a lacy rash all over my torso so I wasn’t able to put in a BIG effort into my training sessions, though I did get most of them in.  In an effort to get better for my upcoming 10 yr wedding anniversary vacation with my hubby I skipped one run and cut my Saturday long run a bit short.  

Monday: Swim workout with my coach.  Once again he kicked my butt in the pool and I was so ready for a nap after I was done.  by my calculations I swam the equivalent of 1200m and did some upper body strength in the pool.

Tuesday: Went for an easy 5k run around the park at lunch.  It was super hot out and I felt like a bag of crapola.  I was very happy that I at least managed to get some k’s in given how crappy I felt.

Wednesday: Another swim workout with my coach.  Despite still feeling awful I beat my 400m time from Monday.  Later that night I looked up swimming tips on YouTube and discovered that my arms are entirely wrong – I still try to “windmill” my arms instead of doing what apparently is known as a high-elbow catch:

I really can’t wait for my next pool workout next week so that I can try the high-elbow catch and find out if it’s better for me or not.

Thursday: Rested in an attempt to get better from whatever was causing me to drag my arse.

Friday: Rested again and packed for our trip.

Saturday: Managed to wake up before the family and snuck in a 12 k  run before our trip.  I discovered that I run a lot slower when listening to podcasts because I was listening to the Another Mother Runner podcast (it’s been awhile since I last listened while running), then when it was over I listened to music and ran a bit faster.  Podcasts may be a good way for me to keep a slower pace for my long runs, which brings me to my question of the week:

What podcasts do you listen to?

Sunday: Ran a slow and easy 5k.  I wasn’t really planning on running, but my middle daughter wanted to run with me before I left her and her sisters with grandma for the week.  I took her out for a 1 mile loop, running intervals: 3 min running, 1 min walking.  When we got back my youngest had her “running clothes” on and wanted to come on a run too.  I took her on a 1/2 mile loop running intervals: 2 min running, 1 min walk.  I expected the 1/2 mile to be enough for her, but she insisted on doing the loop again.  Afterwards I dropped her off and ran a mile by myself.  


Running with my mini-me.

All in all it was an ok week – 2 hard swim workouts, 2 easy runs, and a longish run.  This week is a vacation week and I hope to be able to explore the towns we’re staying on by running them.  

Have a great week everyone!


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  • Steph
    July 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Great training Mama! My arms in swimming are pretty bad. I can’t wait to get back to the pool. I miss my Saturday swims.

    I listen to AMR too on long runs. I like that it keeps my pace slower, otherwise I end up running everything at race pace and am dying by the end. I’ve also listened to Marathon Training Academy (I think that’s what it’s called) and No Meat Athlete radio. It definitely helps pass the time. I imagine when I plunge into 26.2 training, I’ll be needing a lot of distraction for those long runs :/

    Happy Anniversary!!

  • Kim
    July 30, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Enjoy your vacation!!
    Love that your daughters wanted to run with you – so cool!

  • Launna
    July 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I love that your daughters are so active too… I really wish I had been more active with Valentina when she was little, it is a tougher thing to instill when they are preteens… I am working on it though… 🙂

    Happy Anniversary 🙂

  • Kirsty
    August 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    AMR podcasts are my favourites 🙂 I also listen to Marathon Training Academy podcasts and I’ve recently discovered Ginger Runner, which I also like. For non-running podcasts, I listen to ones from a few CBC shows – Under the Influence, White Coat Black Art, Q, etc. I hardly ever listen to music on long runs anymore…I’m all about the podcasts, and really only use my music for speed workouts, hills, or actual races.

  • Megan
    August 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! X


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