21 Jul 2013

So it begins…

Posted by divamar

It’s been an exciting few months, with a good mix of work and racing. I started a contract with the Victoria-based National Triathlon Centre as the run coach for the development team, kicked off a new set of Mindful Strides clinics, and caught up with my private coaching clients to make up for the time away.

Advanced Mindful Strides

My own races included the Vancouver Sun Run, the Montreal Scotiabank Half-Marathon, and the Oak Bay Half-Marathon here in Victoria. Results at the Sun Run and the Montreal Half didn’t reflect my fitness, but my legs finally caught up to my lungs at the Oak Bay Half. I put in a solid effort of 1:17:33— a course record. It was great to focus on a local race and to get a boost from the hometown crowd.

Vancouver Sun Run (photo credit: Will Delfino)

Vancouver Sun Run (photo credit: Will Delfino)

Montreal Half-marathon with Malcolm and Portia Rose

Montreal Half-marathon with Malcolm and Portia Rose

Syncro-running! Oak Bay Half-marathon (photo credit: Darlene Scott)

Syncro-running! Oak Bay Half-marathon (photo credit: Darlene Scott)

In the wake of a scheduled week off to rest and reboot, the volume is creeping back up and I’ve hit a couple of consecutive 170+km weeks. Now the fun begins: onto 12 weeks of marathon-specific training. I’ve decided to take another shot at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20. It’s a good course and one that offers elite water tables and pacing help. Coach Trent and my training partner Hilary will be in Toronto that weekend, and knowing they will be out on the course will make a big difference. Ahead of that, I’ll return to Flagtaff, AZ for three weeks of altitude training. I have a wonderful set-up there. Host Alicia Shay has become a good friend over the past couple of years and is eager to do some marathon-type training with me. The endless miles of mountain trails and the homey environment make it easy to work hard and stay focused. I also get a kick out of the quirkiness of small-town Flagstaff and its awesome coffee shops and restaurants too!

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Hope everyone is getting some time to rest and enjoy the summer with friends and family.

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