Back with my Bestie Bart

So, Nikki has been asking me to come to the track with her for a while now, and unfortunately, we don’t live that close together (about a 30 min drive) and she has 2 little rug rats, so finding the time that works for both of us is tough.  Since I’m doing all the Yeti & 5 Peaks stuff now, I’m trying to take advantage of my flexible office hours and do some daytime runs when I have the opportunity.

Before I knew it, I was agreeing to a morning track workout with Nikki today.

Track?  Ugh. I haven’t been on a track since the November beaststreak, and like I talked about Monday, I’ve been in a rut and not exactly running this month…

But, we all know how much I love my bestie Bart’s Yasso workouts, and seeing Nikki is always a plus in my world, so off I headed to the track…EEP!

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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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Best Track Workout, maybe EVER?

Tuesday night, I headed to the track to meet my friend Rishel to run some Yasso 800′s.

  • The plan was :
  • 1 km warm-up
  • 800m push (2 laps)
  • 400m recovery (1 lap)
  • 6 repeats at 3:45 average
  • 1 km cool down

That’s not what happened.

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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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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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Mom’s Review of her 12 week Half Marathon Training

Before running in her first ever half marathon on Sunday September 30th, I asked Mom to do a re-cap/review of her 12 week training program :

Take it away Momma,

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Mom’s Weekly Training Recap – Sept 17-23 – Week 12

Mom’s 12th week of half marathon training :

(Monday September 17th – Sunday September 23rd)

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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Track Party Tuesday – de-stressing edition

Yesterday was a super frustrating day, with lots of things going wrong – stupid things like the Purolator website not working for booking shipments, a customer with a wrong address, just a bunch of little things that add up & drive you NUTS.

So, after work, Mom & I did a quick change, grabbed a small protein shake & headed to the track to meet Cathy.

Mom’s workout :

1 km warm-up

10 X 200 (200 hard push w/200 recovery)

1 km warm-down

= 6 km total in 36 mins

Cathy & I’s workout :

1 km warm-up

12 X 200 (200 hard push w/200 recovery)

1 km warm-down

= 7 km total in 37 mins

And let me tell you, this workout not only kicked our butts, but it replaced the stressful frustrating day, with BIG smiles!


So, take this lesson to heart.  If you are having a bad day, do something about it.  Get moving.  You don’t need to go to the track, but you do need to get off your butt – you will feel better, I promise!