Mississauga Marathon Training: Week 9

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! I just hit the halfway point of my marathon training and am still on a runner’s high from yesterday’s incredible race! If there was ever a concern about my fitness leading up to the race, that’s all gone! Before we get to it, though, there is a week of running I need to recap first!

[ week 9 / 9 weeks until the Mississauga Marathon ]

Monday – Recovery Day

Tuesday – W09D02 – Steady Run – 8 kilometers/37:47/4:43 pace. It’s my birthday! I got today’s run in early because I was going out for dinner after work and I wouldn’t be able to squeeze it in. Tried not to take this run too quick. Can’t always be fast, fast, fast!

Strava Run

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Wednesday – W09D03 – Workout. Going to be a long day at work with little time to run after, so I got up early again to do my workout. I figured I could head over to the track at North Toronto Collegiate Institute because it would be too early for anyone to use the school track. When I got to the school, the gate to the track was closed and on it, there was a sign indicating the track was open from 6pm to 9pm or so on weekdays. I never noticed the sign before because the gate was always open when I hit the track. I ended up running on one of the side streets in the neighborhood! As someone pointed out on today’s IG post, it’s good to do workouts on the road sometimes since that’s where most of our races are!

Workout: 6 x 400m | 1:00 rest, 4 x 200m, 200m jog

Strava Run

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Thursday – W09D04 – Recovery Run – 8.0 kilometers/43:17/5:25 pace. My third-day running before dawn! Interestingly enough, I woke up before my alarm clock this morning. I think my body was getting used to running first thing in the morning! While I would much rather prefer running after work, I don’t think I’ll ever complain about running first thing in the morning again. Sometimes you have to be flexible about when you run!

Kind of interesting; today’s recovery run was a nearly identical pace time and pace from last week’s recovery run!

Strava Run

Friday – W09D05 – Easy Run – 6 kilometers/29:50/4:57 pace. With my first race of 2017 two days away, my coach had me run an easy run instead of a workout. Interestingly enough, in the past, I didn’t run Friday and Saturday before a race because I wanted to conserve energy. I only ran 6km, but it was nice to do something different. Let’s see how it plays out on Sunday!

Strava Run

Saturday – Rest day. Big race tomorrow, so no running today!

Sunday – Race Day! What a great way to close out week 9 and the halfway point of my 18-week marathon training plan! Last year I had a lot of success in my Spring races and I was hoping to have the same success a year later. I ran the Chilly Half Marathon last year and got a 5 minute PB finishing at 1:30:44. I remember that race like it was yesterday. I felt amazing the entire way and didn’t stop once! Everything was going right for me that day!

This year, my plan was simple. Try to maintain the same pace I did last year and if I felt good, try to PB! Deep down I really wanted to break 1:30 and the truth is my training plan this time around is 100x better than the plan I was following last year! Coach Colin is making us put in the work; so will the results pay off?

I won’t get into too many details because I’ll be posting a race report later in the week, but here’s a high-level recap of what went down:

  • I beat my previous PB with a time of 1:29:33! Holy crap am I happy!
  • It was the coldest race I ever ran, but I still wore shorts!
  • My shoelace somehow got untied at the 12km mark and I had to stop to tie it! This has never happened to me in a race!

So that explains the runners high I am still feeling today. I am on cloud 9 right now because I am in better shape than I was last year! My confidence is through the roof and I can not wait for my Spring marathon to come!

Strava Run

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Total kilometers this week – 49.7

This was the least amount of weekly kilometers run in my plan so far, but I know that won’t last with some really big weeks coming up!

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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