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ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Week 16 Training Recap #STWM – The Taper Begins

I'm totally in love with these Shwings that I was sent to test out.

So remember last week when I started my post off by saying:

my main jobs are to maintain my endurance, and not get injured or sick….

So yeah, I totally jinxed myself and I got sick. It started off with a weird tickle in my throat last week Friday, then Saturday night my voice got hoarse. By Monday morning I was definitely sick – watery eyes, runny nose, achy body, and a sexy radio voice from laryngitis. Perfect timing.

If there`s ever a time in a marathon training cycle to get sick, three weeks before race day is the time for it to happen. There's enough time to get better and it won't affect your training too badly because the hard work is already done. I kept having to tell myself this in order to stay calm and not freak out about this small set back.

Here's how this week's training went:

Planned: Strength workout with my strength coach.
Actual: Coach took 1 look at sick old me and told me that I needed to rest and not workout, so I went for an easy 5k on the dreadmill.

Planned: 8k before work
Actual: Rest.

Planned: Strength workout with my strength coach.
Actual: I was feeling MUCH better, yay! I did a tough TRX workout with my coach. After work I went to a country line dancing class with my friends Tracy & Julie.

Planned: 10k tempo run
Actual: Rest. My core was so sore from Wednesday's workout & line dancing class.

Planned: Bodypump
Actual: Rest.

Planned: 20k
Actual: Ran 10k. My parents looked after the kids while I snuck out for a run, and hubby napped. Afterwards hubby and I got to go out on a date!

Planned: Rest
Actual: 18k! I felt absolutely fine & my legs felt great so after a busy morning of hockey and cleaning the house I decided to head out for a run. I ended up running 18k in 1:45 – my pace would have netted me a decent half marathon time. I wanted to run the extra 3.1k but had to get home to get the family ready to go to my friend Laura's for dinner.

This week begins the official taper! I made it through training without getting injured or crazy sick! This week's cold was very minor and I thankfully got over it quickly.

The Training Plan:

Monday: Strength train with my coach
Tuesday: 8k run before work
Wednesday: Strength train with my coach
Thursday: 10k run before work – 2k warm up, 6k tempo, 2k cool down
Friday: rest

Saturday: 15k
Sunday: Canadian Thanksgiving

I have no idea what I'll do with all of my free time this week. I have Friday off of work so perhaps I'll clean the house?

Truthfully I'm absolutely amazed that I made it this far with the marathon training. 12 years ago when I ran the last one I swore I would never do this again because of how much time training takes. Yet somehow I managed to find the time and was able to juggle the training with family life and work. I'm now super fun excited for race day!


What stretch goal have you reached that you never thought you'd be able to do?


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  • Launna
    October 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Yay… it sounds like you had that minor cold I had… mine lasted 2 days tops… Take it easy and rest up as much as you can. I’m so excited for your race too ?

  • Launna
    October 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Yay… it sounds like you had that minor cold I had… mine lasted 2 days tops… Take it easy and rest up as much as you can. I’m so excited for your race too ?

    • Launna
      October 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Sorry for the double comment… can you delete the extra one…

      • Janice
        October 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

        Consider it done 🙂

  • jill conyers
    October 6, 2014 at 5:53 am

    So happy feeling sick didn’t last long. You’re going to be so ready for race day!

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Jill! I almost feel more proud
      of making it through the training – the race will just be the icing on the cake 🙂

  • Emma
    October 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    So excited for you! Enjoy the taper, try not to go insane, and can’t wait to virtually ‘follow’ you through the race!

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Emma! How was Run for the Toad?

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    October 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Being sick is always better than being injured! looks like you are ready for your race. Enjoy your taper-I would clean out my closet. I am doing the Army 10 miler this weekend which will be my longest race since coming back from my stress fracture a few months ago. Excited/nervous.

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Oh good luck Deborah! I suffered from a stress fracture almost 20 years ago so I understand your nervousness. Thankfully stress fractures heal stronger so hopefully you’ll never have to deal with it again.

  • Nika
    October 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Glad you’re feeling better, 3 weeks to race day, you can do it!!!

  • Elle
    October 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I agree. It takes TOO much time. But you are doing so well and I bet that tickle in your throat is almost gone! Cheers to you!

  • Heather @ FITaspire
    October 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    You’re so close!! Glad to hear you were able to kick the cold – now enjoy your rest before the big day!!

  • steph
    October 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I am in awe at how well you’ve balanced training with juggling your home life with you very busy girls. It gives me hope that maybe I can do the same!

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Steph! It’s entirely possible once the kids are old enough to get up and turn on the TV/make themselves Nutella sandwiches. Most early Saturday’s I was 1/2 way through my 20 miler and the family was just getting up!

  • Heather @ Divas Run for Bling
    October 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    haha. I love that graphic. It looks like you had a nice taper week though. Good luck on your race

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Heather!

  • MCM Mama
    October 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Yay for taper! It’s my favorite part of the training LOL.

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Mine too 🙂

  • Lea
    October 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    ha ha. I like the ebib! so true!

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Suddenly I’m no longer tripping over piles of laundry and lego!

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    October 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    When you are sick you have to let the body rest. Don’t overdue it so you are sicker longer than you should be. Easy 5K run sick? WOW!

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks Diatta – I’m fine now, thankfully!

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    October 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hooray for taper!! I’m glad that it was just a minor cold and that you’re feeling better. And date night too! I never thought that I would run a marathon. It’s amazing what our bodies are capable of doing!

    • Janice
      October 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Our bodies are truly amazing!

  • Sandra Laflamme
    October 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Running a trail marathon that was more than a marathon was definitely a stretch goal but totally worth it. So sorry that you are sick but hopefully it passes quickly so you feel tip top on race day. So hard to avoid being sick with little ones in the house. Feel better soon.

    p.s. love the schwings!

  • Christine {dreamBIGrunner}
    October 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

    LOVE those wings! They look FAST 🙂

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    October 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Love that the wings match your shoes.


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