Did I mention I am running a marathon?

So I have done several races this year so far, 2 half marathons, a 30K, a 10K and a 5K, all very close together with the half being last.  After having not too great of a run at the race I thought I did too many too close for me.  I took some time off but got right back into it again. My new goal race?  The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  That is right, I am running a FULL marathon!!!  Who would have thought I would be here after starting that Couch to 5K program.  I still can’t believe it myself.

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My marathon plan – I have decided to follow the Running Room’s full marathon plan using the schedule for a 4:15 finish as a guide for my training paces.  I am not saying I am going to run a marathon in 4:15 but as for training, I feel all these paces are quite comfortable for me.  I have also decided to go with 10’s and 1’s for the marathon and thus will be doing all my long runs with 10’s and 1’s.  While I usually run steady, I feel, for me, the marathon will seem less daunting knowing that I only have to run 10 minutes at a time before I can walk again.  I have already started training for this race and am now on week 2.  On top of this race I have also registered for the Midsummer Night’s Run in August.  Another 30K.  Wow that gives me a lot of mileage in races this year 🙂

I have seen such change and improvement in how I run and my pace from day 1 until now. Naturally.  I am, though, looking for ways to step up my game and help me get quicker.  I have decided that cross training is key.  Even though I always say I need to cross train, I actually need to kick it into place!  My husband has gotten into cycling and friends of ours have gotten into it as well.  I always stood back and said, no, cycling is not for me.  I was starting to feel left out.  Until I bought a road bike of my own.  I picked it up on Friday.  A Trek Lexa S.  I had them put green tape on the handle bars to add a little oomph.

The stock photo

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My bike

My bike













The marathon plan had me running 5 days a week.  Right away I knocked one day off because with work, 2 toddlers, a husband and life…I don’t have time to run 5 days a week.  So now I am down to 4 days.  The bike is going to add some great cross training I feel and my goal there is to add 2 days of cycling.  I am thinking the first will be an active recovery day of cycling following my long run and the second can be on my easy 6K days with the run being a brick run after cycling.  On top of this I will be doing Pilates at work.  I feel pretty good with how this training looks as I think I will be able to manage this (also doing one of my runs at work as well).  Now if I can just get used to breathing in this humidity again.

5 Responses to “Did I mention I am running a marathon?”
  1. Dr. Mom says:

    Wow, good for you! I look forward to following your training. I still can’t manage 10km, haha! Watching you train for 40+ will be so much fun!

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