Missing Training Runs

I was sick for a couple of days this week. I thought it was allergies, but during Sunday’s 13km run, it became clear that it was the flu, or a really bad cold. I had to abort what was going to be a 16km effort and take the streetcar back to the Running Room.

With a marathon to run on Sunday, I was sitting here today thinking I had missed a ton of training. Until I looked at the schedule and realized I had missed a total of…one run.

I’m going to get a few kilometres in tonight and maybe a couple of more on Saturday before Sunday’s little fun run.

Ultracrazy

It took all of seven days to go from “never again” to “maybe another one” and today it became “why not another ultra?” I signed up for the same 50km ultra I ran last year with Miguel.

We’ll run the Niagara Ultra 50km that is part of the Ontario Ultra Series. It’s a great little race day put on by the St. Catharines Roadrunners and Walkers.

The plan this year is to do some more ultra-training and try to keep the legs ready leading up to the big race. Last year was a last minute decision and it showed on race day. It hurt a lot.

I’ve got a few weeks now to maintain some longer distance training, then we’ll roll into a longer taper – probably three weeks instead of the two that the marathon calls for. I’m starting by running to work tomorrow – 16km!

There is even some talk of running a full marathon training run at some point before June 23, but i think 40km might make more sense.

Crazy? I think it’s time to admit that we’re all nuts – Miguel Dias, Chuck Lee, Ali Zimmerman and me. There’s a special category for Dave Emilio and Paul Nelson who are running the 100km.

I’ll be a two time ultra marathoner…what am I thinking?

Race Report: 2012 BMO Vancouver Marathon

You train for weeks and weeks and then it all comes down to one day. You set goals, you imagine that you’ll have a good run, or a great run. And in the end you cross the finish line, get a medal and you’re a marathoner.
A few things stood out on this run.

Running buddy Kirsty and I ran well together. We rocked the hills, kept the pace sane early on, and had fun.
As usual, the last 6km kicked my ass. It always does. But it kicks almost everyone’s ass.

Running in Vancouver is awesome.

We ran a good first half. I owned a couple of huge hills and with a 1:56:15 for 21.1km, it was a sane pace that put us in a good position to come in under 4 hours which was the goal of my running buddy.

472215_3964872599796_1219807466_3738855_1053933732_o-300x225-1I defeated the Burrard St. bridge this year. Granted it was earlier in the race, but I ran up one side, and down the other. The cheering around the corner towards English Bay was amazing.

The seawall…beautiful, but mentally tough. It was once I got onto the seawall that I started hitting the wall. My first extra walk break came after 37km. And then it all started slipping away. My running buddy was running away to her sub-four and I knew I was going to be a bit slower than that.

Mentally that’s difficult because all of a sudden there’s no time goal to keep you going. I walked too much through 39 and 40km. From Denman and Georgia it was pretty good again. Walked once along Georgia and ran it in up West Pender, saw Ginny along with Miguel and Maria and made the two left turns onto West Hastings and under the Run Finish sign. Done.

Running buddy Kirsty was there and I asked her if she did it – she said yes and I was happy. Then it all hit me and I spent 30 seconds sobbing in the finish chute.

Not the finish I was thinking it would be

It’s been a tough year since the accident and I always imagined that Vancouver would be the end of a recovery journey. The fact that I ran it, and still have to go back and finish the physio for more months is tough. This race was the thing that really kept me going for the last few months through painful physio and some pretty dark days.

458354_3965029123709_1219807466_3738946_425686150_o-225x300Four days in Vancouver with Ginny and my YYJ, YVR and YYZ run friends has been awesome. Everything I hoped for and more. I’ll be thinking about how great the run was and about how things don’t always go the way you think they will for a while. I’ll get through physio, get better and maybe we’ll come back and run the crap out of the half.

As much as I love the challenge and the reward of the full, I think I’m done with 42.2km. Maybe it won’t be forever, but I’m a five-time marathoner and I’ve accomplished all that I want to for now.

Running is a big part of my life and I’ll continue to run half marathons and work on my PB there. It’s been a great couple of years of taking on the challenge of the marathon (and beyond!).

On Being a Marathoner

It’s pretty easy to say, “never again” in the midst of a marathon, and even in the days following. But every time I run one, by the time three or four days go by, I’m thinking about doing it again.

So it’s no surprise that here I am a week after the BMO Vancouver Marathon and I’m starting to think about when I’ll take on the challenge of 42.2km again.

At this point I’m thinking maybe next spring again, but a small part of me is thinking about running a fall full here in Toronto. I’ve never run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, so that has a bit of a draw for me. The are rumours of a new course as well, adding fuel to the fire.

We’ll see. For the time being, I’m going to focus on keeping on running three or four times a week, and maybe run a half or two over the summer to see where I’m at over the shorter distances.