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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Tempo Run, 10 K Race = same thing, right?

Weekend before a marathon is a tough one, you’re right in the middle of taper, yet you need to get in 1 last run, that’s not super short, but not super long, and you don’t want to go super slow, or super fast, you don’t want to kill your body, but you also don’t want your body to get lazy sitting around for 2 weeks.  You want to go into the race confident, but you also don’t want to hurt anything so close to the race.

It’s a bit confusing, right?  In the past, I’ve done between 10 & 18 kms at a relatively easy pace the week before my goal race.  It’s worked ok, I think.  This year, with becoming faster, and doing more speed work, I’m changing up my last workout as well.  There’s a $15 10KM MEC race, happening just a few blocks from my house, around Burnaby Lake.  Not a super speedy course due to the terrain (soft squishy trails, with lots of windy curves), but since it’s a race, it will still be a fast tempo run for me.

For me, it makes sense.  Races don’t stress me out, they excite me.  It’s close by, it’s cheap, and it’s a way of making sure I keep my mileage super low.  Chances on injury are low as well, especially since I’m running on a nice groomed path, instead of twisting an ankle on a root by going trail running the weekend before my goal race.  For me, it’s a smart choice.

No goals for timing tomorrow.  As long as we’re at marathon race pace or lower, I’m happy.  Just a nice solid strong run to finish off this cycle.

It’s not too late to register – day of registration is $20 – still cheap cheap!



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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Month of October – Training Recap

Just a quick post to add up October’s training/races, find out how my month was, and take a peak at what’s on tap for November

Total Road KMs :  62.5 kms

Total Trail KMs : 108 kms approx

Hours running :   20 hrs approx

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 4 hrs approx

# of Grinds : 3

How’s my month been? 

It’s very hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s NOVEMBER already, but October was a really amazing month, especially since it included a 10km PR, and my first ultra marathon!

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Surrey International World Music Marathon – Half Marathon – Race Recap

Last weekend I also ran in the inaugural Surrey International World Music Marathon, on Sunday.  Yes, I did a Half Goofy on the weekend.

The short version :

The SIWMM 2012 was a fantastic event on a beautiful day, and they exceeded my expectations for a first time race!  Everyone I know, really enjoyed the course, had a great run, and would definitely consider running the race again next year.  I personally ran my fastest, and funnest half marathon, so far in my “running career”.

Spoiler alert : I finished in 1:47:29, which is a 7 min PR for me!!

Now, for those of you who want to read the long version, here it is :

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Month of September – Training Recap

Just a quick post to add up September’s training/races, see where I got with my monthly goals, see what’s on tap for October

Total Road KMs :  97 kms

Total Trail KMs : 110 kms approx

Hours running :   21 hrs approx

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 4 hrs approx

# of Grinds : 3

How’s my month been? 

Wow, it has been an incredible, jam-packed month.  It’s hard to believe it’s October already, but even harder to believe just how much I did in September.

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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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Weekly Training Recap – Sept 24 – 30 – Taper & Race Week!

This week’s training:  (Monday September 24th – Sunday September 30th)

LAST week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Sept 17 – 23 – Week 12

This week’s training:  (Monday September 17th – Sunday September 23rd)

Twelfth week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Sept 10 – 16 – Week 11

This week’s training:  (Monday September 10th – Sunday September 16th)

Eleventh week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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