7 Aug 2012
Another Stint in Flagstaff, AZ
Training these past few weeks has been rolling along and I am feeling great and really enjoying the process so far. I am managing my highest volume ever and am encouraged each week by consistent progress; the workouts are more demanding and I am adapting and getting stronger. I received an official invite last week from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 2012). All I have to do now is stay focused, train smart and keep working hard toward my goal.
I am currently in Flagstaff, Arizona for a training camp at altitude. After talking it over with Coach Trent, we decided it would be best to train here the first three weeks in August, rather than waiting until September. The past two bouts at altitude have revealed I need plenty of time for recovery and that it’s wise to return to base well in advance of racing. It also makes sense to be in Victoria by the time Trent returns from the Olympic Games in early September. I’ll rely on his support during the most demanding period of marathon-specific training ahead of Toronto.
Accomplished runner Erin Burrett has made the trip here with me to train. It’s her first time at altitude and so far she is adapting well and we are having a great time. We are staying at a friend’s home along with five other athletes—all professional runners from Portland, Oregon. They have made us feel welcome and are a nice group to hang out with.
The trail running here is exceptional. The trail system is vast and varied with a nice mix of wide gravel or dirt paths/roads as well as soft, single-track. The weather has been spectacular with perfect temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
London 2012 Olympics update: I want to stress how incredibly excited and proud I am of friend and fellow runner Hilary Stellingwerff and her performance at the Olympic Games. My hands were sweating like crazy watching the preliminary 1500m heats. I can’t imagine the nerves she faced standing at the start line in the packed stadium, waiting for her first race to start. Despite the pressure, she was just brilliant, running tactically, aggressively and with such grace. Run Hilary Run!!
Congratulations to all of our Canadian athletes on their efforts at the Games.