Boston Marathon Training: Week 13

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! Week 13 will go down as one of the toughest weeks of training so far (not just Boston; all races!) and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! OK, maybe next time I decide to tack on a few additional kilometers each run I’ll try to avoid getting sick at the same time! I started to feel a cold coming on Monday afternoon and by my Saturday long run, it was still lingering.

[ Training week 13 / 3 weeks until the Boston Marathon ]

Monday – W13D01 – Steady Run (15 kilometers/1:08:30/4:34 pace) | (Strava Results). Today’s run called for 13 steady kilometers, but I decided before the week even start that I wanted to run 100 kilometers for the week. When my coach and I originally started mapping out this training plan, there was a thought I would double up some days to increase my mileage. The only problem is, it’s difficult enough to schedule my runs, so I never had a chance to try it!

Instead of 13 steady kilometers, I ran 15 today. The greater the distance I run on a weekday, the more difficult it is to schedule my run. Thankfully I was able to get this one in just in time to pick-up my son from aftercare and take him to swim class.

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Tuesday – W13D02 – Workout (Warm-up | 4×1,600m, 2:00 rest | Cool-down) | (Strava Results). 1-Mile repeats were on the agenda today! I got the first one done in just over 6 minutes and the second one done in exactly 6 minutes! I broke the 6-minute mile a few times in the past and was really hoping to do it again today. The only problem is it’s hard to breathe when you’re not feeling 100%. The next two intervals were not as fast, but the legs were turning over just fine. Sometimes you need to be happy with the effort even if the time on your watch doesn’t reflect what you target as a specific pace.

I didn’t tack on any additional kilometers today.

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Wednesday – W12D03– Recovery Run (14 kilometers/1:09:15/4:57 pace) | (Strava Results).  Today’s recovery run was another opportunity to tack on a couple of extra kilometers. The plan was to run 12, but I ran 14 instead. I wasn’t feeling too tired from yesterday’s run, so I didn’t feel as if I needed to stick with the original plan.

Thursday – W13D04 – 14.21 Kilometer Progression Run (Strava Results). Today’s run was supposed to be a 12-kilometer progression run with a 2-kilometer cool-down. As I started my progression run, the easy part felt easy, but as I started to pick up the pace, I was a little concerned about my breathing, so I started to lock in a pace that would result in more of a tempo run. As I kept on running, I felt myself picking up speed and before you knew it, I was well into a progression run anyway! Pretty happy with the results even though I thought I would need to dial it back a bit because of my cold!

I didn’t take on any additional kilometers today.

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Friday –W13D05 – Easy Run (11 kilometres/57:38/5:14 pace | Strava Results). Another easy run and another opportunity to tack on some more kilometers to get to 100 for the week. Instead of tacking on 2 kilometers like I did Monday and Wednesday, I only tacked on one today to keep my legs fresh for tomorrows’ long run and workout.

Saturday –W13D06 – Long Run (35 kilometers/2:36:41/4:29 pace | Strava Results).

With just over 65 kilometers for the week so far, today’s 35-kilometer run would mean I meet my goal of running 100 kilometers in a single week for the very first time! Of course, nothing comes easy, so here’s how my morning went!

Before we discuss today’s run, last night I took my son to see a WWE event at the Ricoh Coliseum. It was the first time either of us saw a wrestling event and it was so much fun! It was also a pretty late night for both of us. I usually like to get plenty of rest the night before a long run and that wasn’t happening, so hopefully, that wouldn’t have an impact. On the way home from the event, my car started making a strange sound. It’s the same strange sound I heard a year ago when the water pump needed to be replaced. Not good.

I woke up on time (yes!) and wasn’t too tired, so perhaps it would be a good day to have a great run! I was still feeling the cold in my head, so I’d have to see how I felt as the run unfolded. The plan was to meet my buddies Dom and Daniel by Lakeshore Blvd and I would run part of my long run with them. As soon as I started my car, I realized that plan was not going to happen. I couldn’t drive it so I would have to start the run from my house. Ugh!

I ran down Yonge Street dodging pedestrians (even at 7:45 am, there were a number of people on the streets!) and stopping at intersections to let cars pass. The good news is the first 5 kilometers of my run was supposed to be an easy pace. Just before hitting Lakeshore, I picked up the pace and started the 8-kilometer segment at marathon pace. It felt OK to run at this pace, but every so often, I had to stop to cough up phlegm (sorry, TMI!).

I ended up getting the run done and while my legs felt really good, I did have to stop a few times to clear my lungs. Not the ideal way I wanted to complete the run considering I should be attempting these long runs without stopping, but such is life! I ended up finding my friends and Daniel drove me home!

While the run wasn’t perfect, I did complete all 35 kilometers and finished the week with 100.3 kilometers in total! What a wild week and I’m so happy with the way everything came together. Even though I wasn’t feeling great al week, I got it done!

Afer the run, my wife, son, and I went to see Gobsmacked! at the Panasonic Theatre on Yonge Street. It was an amazing show and a perfect ending to a wild, but productive morning!

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Sunday –– W13D07 – Rest Day. I really needed this rest day!

Total kilometers this week – 100.3

Three weeks to Boston!

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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