Good Morning and Happy Monday! This week was a recovery week for me meaning I would be running 5 days instead of 6 and reducing my running to ~60 kilometers for the week. About halfway through the week, I pulled a muscle in my back forcing me to skip my Friday workout. Feeling a bit better now, but not 100% yet. Hopefully, this upcoming week will not be impacted!
[ week 6 / 12 weeks until the Mississauga Marathon ]
Monday – Recovery Day! My legs were pretty tired from yesterday’s 30km long run, so I was happy to have a day to recover!
Tuesday – W06D02 – Steady Run – 8 kilometers/38:49/4:51 pace. I have an event to attend later in the evening, so to avoid missing a run, I got up a bit earlier and did my steady run before heading into work. It’s certainly nicer to run before people are cars crowd the streets of Toronto, but I still prefer the extra sleep! They were calling for freezing rain later in the afternoon and they were not kidding! It started raining in the early afternon and by the evening, the sidewalks of Toronto were treacherous!
Wednesday – W06D03 – Workout. I was a little concerned about the condition of the track considering how much it rained the night before. Christina joined me for this workout and we headed over to our usual spot. Sure enough, half the track was frozen! We had to run half of our workout on the track and the rest on the artificial turf. Not ideal, but we got it done!
Workout: 3 x 400m, 400m jog | 3 x 800m, 800m jog | 4 x 200m, 200m jog
Thursday – W06D04 – Recovery Run – 8 kilometers/46:17/5:47 pace. Another busy day at work means for the second time this week I’ll be running before dawn! I didn’t sleep very well because my back ws really bothering me. Not sure if I pulled a muscle or not, but it was not comfortable moving around. I didn’t feel so bad during my run, but it is definitely noticable.
Friday – For the first time in this training cycle, I missed a run. My back is worse than it was yesterday and now I’m getting a little nervous. Taking it easy today and hopefully, it will be better by Sunday. Because it’s a recovery week, I’m not running tomorrow.
Saturday – Rest Day! My back is still sore but is gradually getting better. Thank goodness!
Sunday –– W06D07 – Long Run – 14.7 kilometers/1:12:23/4:54 pace + 6 kilometers/34:25/5:42. I didn’t mean for today’s long run to be split into two, but my watch must not have liked that I had it paused for so long between the start of my run and the second phase when I met up with Blacktoe Running and RunToBeer for an Achille’s St. Patricks Day 5K Tune-up Run.
My back felt pretty good during the run; still noticeable, but not enough to keep me from cranking out 20km today! The first part of my run was a solo run from my house to the Blacktoe Running store on King and Bathurst. This was the meeting point for the Achilles 18th Annual St. Patricks Day 5K Run/Walk. The race is in support of the Achilles Canada foundation. I mentioned Achilles Canada and the great work they do a few times on my blog and Instagram. The Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing and Goodlife, benefits Achilles Canada—a non-profit organization that provides people with various disabilities an opportunity to receive the physical, psychological, and communal benefits of running. The club offers training and support by able-bodied members to its Achilles athletes of all ability levels. Two of my favorite things, RunToBeer and Saucony Canada were also on hand to support the event!
Yesterday’s event was meant to bring awareness to the race and encourage people to register. It’s an awesome race and I’m encouraging everyone who runs in Toronto to register! Visit the race site to register and enter code SHOPRUN17 for a discount on the entry fee! Hope to see you there!
Total kilometers this week – 49.9
Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!