Maple’s Training Log – 7.3.16

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Maple in Gatineau Park

Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone had a terrific long weekend.

This was week two of my 20 week training plan for the Hamilton Marathon. I’m a fan of the fall marathons, as it gives me time to have a solid build month before getting into to the thick of it. I should clarify, the past month really has been about rest and recovery following my spring race, the Ottawa Marathon. Now that it’s July, I’m officially four months away from my fall Race Day. I have plans of PR’ing at this marathon, so time to get down to work.

I’ve also gone public about my goal to Boston Qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Yeah, I know. That’s a lot of pressure to put on oneself, but they say goals need to be time-limited and measurable, or they’re simply dreams. So, I put my goal out there. Let’s do this.

Monday – 11K @ 5:26 with strides. 

Tuesday – 14.5 with 3 x 1 hilly mile loops (7:10, 7:15, 7:20) + warm-up and cool-down. As I mentioned, I run on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the OAC Racing Team. Tuesdays in the summer we meet at a nearby park and run a timed hilly mile loops.

Wednesday – 17 @ 5:29. I missed meeting up with a few of my teammates and ended up running a solo run. It was meant to be. I knew my legs needed to run an easier pace than the group. I listened to podcasts and really enjoyed the me-time this morning. Wednesday was also the day of the “Three Amigos” Summit, so there were lots of police and Mexican-Canadian-American flags on display.

Thursday – 14.5K with (5 x 300m) x 3 + warm-up and cool-down. Track workout! The plan for the 300s was to use our 5K race pace. My 300m splits looked like this: (1:17, 1:16, 1:15, 1:15, 1:14) (1:13, 1:12, 1:12, 1:11, 1:11) (1:14, 1:11, 1:12, 1:11, 1:10). I’m always pleased to see a progression in pace. Yet, the first set is always the hardest!

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Elevation profile of Saturday’s trail run

Friday – REST.

Saturday – 25 @ 5:50 on hilly trails. I ran Saturday morning with one of my teammates through Gatineau Park. Some parts of the trail were more technical than others and the elevation profile was no joke. It was great to escape the city for the morning.

Sunday – REST. Legs and body were sore from yesterday’s climbs. Note to self: lots of room for improvement in trail running.

18 weeks until the Hamilton Road 2 Hope Marathon!

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I'm a Canadian runner with a knack for training in frigid temperatures and completing 20 milers on the treadmill. I'm currently training for a spring marathon, with the goal of Boston Qualifying. Outside of running, I work in public policy and can often be found cross-stitching or being talked out of adopting another cat.

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