Mississauga Marathon Training: Week 8

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! So happy to get my training back on track after a scary week where I thought I really injured my calf and after two weeks of running 4 days, I hit 6 days this week again!

[ week 8 / 10 weeks until the Mississauga Marathon ]

Monday – Recovery Day and a well deserved one after running 33 kilometers yesterday!

Tuesday – W08D02 – Steady Run – 10 kilometers/46:19/4:38 pace. Zoom Zoom! Of course, after a recovery day, my legs felt ready to go! I picked up the pace a bit while maintaining a really good tempo heart rate zone! I’m really enjoying these quick runs when I think I’m working hard, but my heart rate is still in the moderate or tempo zone!

Strava Run

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Wednesday – W08D03 – Workout. After missing three workouts in a row, I was really excited about getting back in gear! I headed over to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetary (one of my favorite spots to run fast!) today. The first 1-2 sets felt pretty easy, but by the 5th and 6th time, I was gassed!

Workout: 6 x 1,000m | 3:00 rest

Strava Run

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Thursday – W08D04 – Recovery Run – 8.0 kilometers/43:19/5:25 pace. Nice and easy today. During my Spring marathon training plan last year, I too my recovery runs way too quick. I never ran as slow as I do now. It’s amazing what you think you know until you work with a coach!

I am also noticing how strong my legs feel and I came across a photo from our trip to Punta Cana that I accidentally snapped while I was setting up a photo for Instagram. It’s safe to say I’m Finding My Strong!

Strava Run

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Friday – W08D05 – Progression Run – 10 kilometers/45:49/4:34 pace. I’ve never done a progression run before, so it was interesting to see how I would do. I know I should have run by feel, but I really wanted to try to lock-in specific paces. My goal was to run 2km at 5:15, 2km at 4:45, 2km at 4:20, 1km at 4:10, and 1km at 4:00. Considering I kept peeking at my watch and was constantly trying to adjust my pace, I did really well! Next time I will try this based on feel alone to see the results.

Strava Run

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Saturday – W08D06 – Easy Run – 6.4 kilometers/33:05/5:09 pace. It has been really mild all week and today was really nice! It was really foggy in the morning and I was hoping to get out to snap some cool photos, but I was more interested in devouring a pile of banana and chocolate chip pancakes with my son! Kept the pace easy today and have felt great all week.

Strava Run

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Sunday –– W08D07 – Long Run – 19 kilometers/1:35:03/5:00 pace. Even though I missed a few runs last week, it is still a recovery week this week. Today’s long run was only supposed to be 19km which doesn’t feel like much when you’re in the heart of marathon training! I’m sure my legs appreciate it even if my head was wondering why I was not running more! After the run, Dom, Daniel and I had breakfast at Sunnyside Grill; one of our favorite spots to refuel after a nice long run!

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Strava Run

Total kilometers this week – 64.8

By this time next week, I will have finished my first race of 2017! I can’t wait to see how my training is paying off!

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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