Marathon Training Review

Yikes!  Hard to believe it’s that time again, my spring marathon is just a week away, and it’s time to take a look back at my training.


The funny thing about marathon training, is that the more you know about it, the more aspects you want/need to add into your training cycle, and it never (at least not yet), gets any easier because you are constantly adding new challenges!!  Some things DO get easier – like planning long runs, deciding when you can go longer, or cut off a few kms, knowing what days of the week work best for what workouts, etc etc.

This is only my 3rd road marathon, but because I only run one every spring, I dedicate basically January 1st on to marathon training.  I’ve built up my base so that my base building weeks are basically non existent, and I can jump back into long runs and track workouts, and hill training with about 12-14 weeks till my goal race.

In no way am I claiming that I am an expert, but I have taken bits and pieces from different sources, and I’ve built together plans that have so far helped me become a better, stronger, faster runner with minimal injuries.  I’m constantly learning, adapting, and changing both my plans, and my goals.

At the beginning of this cycle, I shared with you, the meat and potatoes of my marathon training, and now it’s time to break it down, and see what I did well, and where I was lacking.  And of course, since I’ve been bitten with the marathon bug, what I want to incorporate next time.  Yep, already thinking about next marathon.  Crazy crazy people us runners are.

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38km, 3 bridges, 4 cities, & a jumper!

I tried really hard to come up with something cool to name this post, and nothing came out right.

On Saturday, Candice and I set out on an epic run, that lived up to and exceeded expectations!


It was quite the adventure if I do say so myself!

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The Meat (& potatoes?) of my Marathon Training

I knew that I was going to run a spring marathon.  I just wasn’t sure of which one.  Now that I’ve decided on, and registered for my race, Whidbey Island Marathon on April 14th, it’s time to get down to training.

Road Marathon #3, here we go.  87 days & counting.


I like a program with some structure, but I also like to play around with how I’m feeling, and do workouts that complement my body’s mood, because I feel like listening to your body is more important than doing a specific workout on a specific day.

I guess you could say that I don’t follow a day-to-day plan, but I do follow some general guidelines.  You may disagree, which is totally fine, but this is my blog, and what I feel like are the keys to a successful marathon program!

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My Review of Mom’s Training

I’ve been documenting Mom’s progress during training for her first ever half marathon, happening this Sunday at the Surrey International Music Marathon.

This post is dedicated to reviewing what the training program was, how closely she stuck to the plan, and what I think she has learned, and will take with into her next program.  Yes, she is already talking about her next half marathon hehe

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My 12 Week “not so traditional” Half Marathon Training Program

Mother Daughter half marathon will be happening on Sept 30/12 at the Surrey International Music Marathon.

Recently, I posted Mom’s 12 week training program for completing her very first half marathon, you can view it here.

It’s now time to show you MY program.

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My recap of the entire training cycle for BMO Van 2012

I wanted to share a recap of my thoughts on the entire training cycle for my 2nd Marathon, the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 6/12, before I run the race, so that my thoughts aren’t biased on the results.

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Easter Hop Around Burrard Inlet

First off, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!  Hopefully everyone is out enjoying the beautiful weather (at least here in Vancouver), and not eating toooooo many Easter treats!

It’s been a great weekend for me, Friday’s super long last over 30 kms training run went GREAT!

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