9 Oct 2013
Down to the wire
With the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon less than two weeks away and the bulk of my race prep behind me, it’s a good time to reflect on the past 12 weeks of marathon-specific training. I completed the highest mileage to date, including a couple of 210km+ weeks (one in each of August and September). On the track, I ran 34:28 as part of the BC 10,000m Championships, setting a new Canadian record (45-49 age category) at the tail end of a massive week.
I returned to Flagstaff, Arizona last month to train at 7000ft. My only setback was the chest cold I was fighting while there. Despite this, I managed to hit all of my sessions over three weeks. I knew I was pushing my luck in maintaining my schedule, and likely prolonged the cold as a result, but with some minor adjustments (say, pushing harder sessions back by a day), the virus left my system in time for my return to Victoria.
Workouts over the past three months have been extremely challenging; a handful stand out as some of the biggest and most successful ever, most on mileage-loaded legs. The last of these key sessions on October 2 was made tougher by a 200km+ load the previous week: 45 minutes ‘easy’ right into 27km of continuous tempo with a five-second average pace increase every 9km. The weather was wet and windy, ‘ideal’ practice for the less-than-ideal conditions I might face on race day. Coach Trent supported me on the bike and we practiced fuelling to mimic race conditions. I’ve learned a lot from Trent about training over the past couple of years, but also benefited from his sports nutrition expertise. Hilary joined in for the final 18km, her last big session ahead of her half-marathon debut in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria race. Hilary and I appreciate that Dave Scott-Thomas (Hilary’s coach) and Trent communicate regularly and do their best to coordinate our sessions so we can work together whenever possible.
So, I feel prepared. I’ve worked extremely hard and done all I can to support the training schedule Trent designed for me: I focused on proper nutrition and recovery and on doing my very best at every workout. Fingers crossed from here.
I know many of you are gearing up for your own goal races. Please know I’ll be rooting for you every step of the way.