Mississauga Marathon Training: Week 12

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! I’m am on cloud nine right now after yesterday’s incredible race! It was a HUGE confidence booster and I can’t wait to get started on the race report. In the meantime, there’s still a week of training that happened, so let’s get to it! Last week I was in a leadership development program at work that ran all day so most of my runs were after dinner. Not ideal, but I got it done!

[ week 12 / 8 weeks until the Mississauga Marathon ]

Monday – Recovery Day.

Tuesday – W12D02 – Steady Run – 8 kilometers/37:23/4:40 pace. It’s been really windy the past few weeks and today was no better. It’s pretty difficult to maintain your pace when every now and then a gust of wind pushes you back! Better it happen during a training run than a race!

Strava Run

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Wednesday – W12D03 – Workout. I totally botched today’s workout. I struggle with pacing and while this training plan has helped because I have been doing most of my runs by feel, when I need to hold a certain pace, that’s when things get wonky for me. Perhaps it was the fact I was feeling rushed, partly the fact I just ate and would much rather be relaxing after a long day, or I just plain suck at pacing, but I ended up doing the marathon pace (MP) portion of the workout at HMP. I also ran 6.4km instead of the 8km the plan called for. I doubt this will have any long term effects.

Workout: 4 x 100m | 100m jog, 8km @ MP

Strava Run

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Thursday – W12D04 – Recovery Run – 6.0 kilometers/30:50/5:08 pace. Nice and easy today! In three days I’ll be racing and since I’m not tapering for the race (it’s a training run for me!), I need to make sure I take my recovery runs nice and slow!

Strava Run

Friday – W12D05 – Steady Run.Fridays are usually workout days, but Coach Colin has me doing a steady run today to conserve some fuel in the tank. I’ve been using the workout and steady runs the week to break in my Saucony Kinvara 8s. The Kinvara has been my go-to race shoe the past 3 years and I’m really excited to see how this newest version performs. They also match my red hat really well; to me, this may be more important than PRs. LOL!

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Strava Run

Saturday – W12D06 – Easy Run – 6.0 kilometres/31:04/5:11 pace. In the past, I NEVER ran the day before a race. I know many people who do shakeout runs the day before, but I never did it because I felt as if I was wasting energy. In fact, I usually take the two days off before a race to rest. When coach had me run me run the Friday before the Chilly Half Marathon earlier in the month, I was a bit nervous about it. This time, I was REALLY nervous about running the day before a race; even if my plan was to hold MP and not go too hard. As I’ve been saying all along, sometimes you just have to trust the process!

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Sunday – W12D07 – Around The Bay 30K Road Race – 30.0 kilometres/2:12:17/4:22 pace. In a few days, I hope to post my race report which will explain the euphoria I have been feeling from the moment I crossed the finish line. I planned on running the Around The Bay 30K road race at MP (4:25-4:30/KM). I wanted to run with my buddy Daniel to see how long he can hold that pace. It was also a good test of my fitness, but considering I smashed my half marathon three weeks prior and still feeling really strong, I wasn’t as concerned about holding the pace. I lost Daniel before the race even started and while I tried really hard to hold the pace, my legs really wanted to go. I ended up finishing with a 2 minute PB and had one of my best races EVER! Look for the race report later in the week!

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Strava Run

Total kilometers this week – 67.1

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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