Thursday, 12 September 2013

Marathon Training Thursday - 8 weeks

Last year Running became my outlet. When times got tough - and they did - I ran. When I needed something to look forward to, it was a race. When need something to drive my recovery, it was running. When I needed to prove to myself that I was stronger and badder than anything life could throw at me - I ran. Running has become an essential part of me and my go-to coping mechanism.

So running my Marathon, was never really about running a Marathon. It is that one little beacon of hope that I have been holding on to. It has been that one thing I keep clinging to, looking forward to, and striving for.

So I am not going to give up.

I have 8 weeks until the Hamilton Road4Hope Marathon and I am going to train hard. I will continue to focus on my diet. And I am going to make time to nurture my body, mind, and spirit. I will give the next 8 weeks my all! And who knows what will happen...Its worth a shot!

Here's how this week's training is going...

Sunday Long Slow Run
I ran 20km with my hubby. I was grumpy when I woke up in the morning, and not that keen to get out and log those miles. But after a few kilometers I immediately felt better. And I ended up having one of the best runs I had had in a long time. Although Coach has informed me that I need to really need to SLOW DOWN my long slow runs. So I promised to focus on my pace a lot more during my training runs.
Monday Survivor Clinic
I coach a clinic at the local Running Room for Breast Cancer Survivors and Previvors. We are training for the Toronto CIBC Run for the Cure. A lot of the women are just getting into running, so we are working on building up their mileage. We ran/walked 3 km.

Tuesday Run
Just an easy-peasy 6km run during a study break.

Wednesday MaraPace Fartlek
My goal time for the Marathon is 4:30 - which means my goal pace 6:20. Today's run was about focusing on this pace. All my pick-ups were done at Marathon Pace and the rest of the run was long slow pace. My 10km felt good - even though it was stinkin' hot.

Thursday Yoga
I met Robyn this morning - bright and early - for 75 min of Hot Yoga. It was a great way to refocus and start the day. Plus it was nice to have some early morning girlie time.

Tomorrow I have a track workout planned, and then a rest day on tap for Saturday.
It has been a good week, a balanced week, and a focused week. I am ready to show this Marathon who's boss! Let's do this!

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