Good Morning and Happy Monday! The week started off slow because we were returning from NYC on Monday and I didn’t run Wednesday, but I still ended up with 80.k kilometres for the week and surpassed 2,000 kilometres for the year! Also, my math has been off regarding how many weeks there are until Erie. Seems there are 5 and not 6! YIKES!
[ week 10 / 5 weeks until the Erie Marathon ]
Monday – I was scheduled to run today, but we were travelling back from NYC and after being in the car for 12 hours, there was no chance I was going to get a run in. I don’t know if it was a result of me going stir crazy in the car, but when the sun was setting, the clouds appeared to be forming the shape of a turtle; probably to resemble the speed at which we were traveling on the highway.
Tuesday – Intervals! 3km warm-up, 7×800 intervals with 2:00 rest, 4km cool-down. I finally think I’m over my respiratory infection! It was really hot and humid again today, but I managed to complete 7 intervals at 800 metres with 2 minutes rest between. I’m happy I’m able to keep up with my speed work in this unrelenting heat and humidity!
On the way to my workout spot, I passed a few odd vehicles parked on a residential street near my home. I also spotted a tank! Naturally, I had to know what was going on, and it turned out Nissan was filming a commercial. I was approached by a Toronto police officer who asked if I wanted to have my photos taken with the tank. He had to snap a few because I couldn’t figure out how to pose in front of it!
Wednesday – Recovery day. I would probably run today to make up for missing my run on Monday, but my son is taking swim lessons after day camp and he likes me to watch. Last week I ran after dinner, but I wasn’t very motivated to do that again.
Thursday – 11 kilometres/54:41/4:58 pace. Ever have a run you wish you could erase from your memory? That’s how I felt about tonight’s run. I ran after dinner and was sluggish the entire time. I struggled to get my pace under control and felt like I was struggling to breathe. I wanted to run 13 kilometres but quit after 11. Not quite sure what happened, but I’m glad it’s over!
Friday – 12 kilometres/57:25/4:47 pace. If you want to get over a bad run, you need to answer back with a good one. That’s exactly what I did on Friday! I was locked in the entire time and felt really great! I wore my 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Digital Champion shirt to get my head back in the game. I think that helped!
Saturday – 31 kilometres/2:44:12/5:18 pace. Today’s long run day and we had 31 kilometres on the agenda. We started at Spring Road in High Park and meandered through Bloor West, Humberside, and Old Mill before popping out on Lakeshore and heading West towards Mimico then East towards Exhibition Place. The first 12 kilometres of the run was hilly and a pretty good workout. When we started heading towards Mimico we started picking up the speed. I was feeling really good until we turned to go East. Around the 21 kilometre mark, I started to side stitch on my right side. The rest of the run was a mix of running and a bit of walking to keep the side stitching at bay. I’ve had side stitching during long runs in the past, but they never caused any issues during a race, so I’m not concerned.
Sunday – 12.5 kilomtres/1:00:43/4:51 pace. Today was supposed to be a recovery day, but I missed a run this week and needed to make it up. I threw in a few quick splits to finish the week with 80.5 kilometres. Today was also a huge milestone for me as it’s the first time I passed 2,000 kilometres for the year! By the end of tomorrow’s, I’ll surpass 2,016km in 2,016! I plan on writing a blog post about this achievement is a result of me not experiencing any major injuries this year. I’ve not been as lucky the past two years.
Total kilometres this week – 80.5
Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!