Mississauga Marathon Training: Week 14

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! With just four weeks of training to go, it’s really starting to sink in that I am going to put all of this training to the test! Next Monday is the Boston Marathon and I can’t wait to track everyone I know who will be participating. It will also be perfect timing as I’ll be coming off my final long run of this training plan and will need a good shot of inspiration for the final weeks of training.

[ week 14 / 4 weeks until the Mississauga Marathon ]

Monday – Recovery Day. Feeling really good lately!

Tuesday – W14D02 – Steady Run – 12 kilometers/56:43/4:43 pace. Another early morning run for me. I’m going to the Leafs game tonight, so I won’t have time to run after work. I know, poor me! While it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever be converted to an early morning runner, I do enjoy these quieter runs with less traffic.

Strava Run

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Wednesday – W14D03 – Workout. Today’s workout called for long hills (500 meters), but because I had to run first thing in the morning and I didn’t want to run 3 kilometers to the closest hill, I cheated and ran up the hill down the street from me. The hills is not as long as it should be for this workout (only about 300 meters), but it will have to do. I get enough hill work running through Bloor West every Sunday! Sorry Coach!

Workout: 8 x Long (short) Hills, 4 x 400 meters | 1:00 rest, 4 x 200 meters | 200 meter jog

Strava Run

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Thursday – W14D04 – Recovery Run – 8.0 kilometers/43:23/5:20 pace. My glutes are really sore from yesterday’s workout! Thankfully today was a recovery run which I took nice and slow. Going to my second Leafs game of the week. For those who know me well, I will never convert from being a die-hard Rangers fan, but I do enjoy Leafs games; especially when they are trying to clinch a playoff spot!

Strava Run

Friday – W14D05 – Workout. The winds today were absolutely brutal. Coach had us doing a 12km Progression Run with a cool-down at the end (I usually add 2 kilometers as my cool-down). I battled the winds most of the run and I was flat out exhausted by the time my pace started to drop to 4:10/km. Instead of 12 kilometers, I barely hung on for 11 and then added another kilometer for my cool-down. Not the way I wanted this to play out, but it felt as if I was running with a parachute on my back the entire time!

Strava Run

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Saturday – W14D06 – Easy Run – 10 kilometers/47:01/4:42 pace. I was only supposed to run 8 kilometers today, but I added another two because I missed a couple of kilometers yesterday. My legs felt really heavy from both workouts, but I still kept the run a bit quicker than an easy run.

Earlier in the day, my wife, son and I headed over to the Green Living Show at the Metro Toronto convention Centre. I went to meet the Buddha Brands Company team and hang out for a bit to give them a hand. I’m a Buddha Brands Company Brand Ambassador and have been a huge fan of their coconut water and coconut chips. It was a lot of fun talking to people about these awesome products. While I was hanging out with the team, my wife and son were picking up products to do our part for a greener, healthier lifestyle!

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Strava Run

Sunday – W14D07 – Long Run – 27.0 kilometres/2:17:04/5:05 pace. My legs were fried from five days of running and two hard workouts. I started off feeling sluggish, but over time found my legs and dropped a few decent splits. The route was pretty hilly and a few times I actually felt myself speeding up which felt great!

It was also really great running with the High Park Rogue Runners. They’re one of the greatest bunch of people I ever met and I learned a lot running with them! I picked up a singlet in the morning which I will be proudly wearing at the Mississauga Marathon!

Strava Run

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Total kilometers this week – 78.3

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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