Ottawa Marathon Training: Week 7

Happy Monday!

Another training week is completed and we are getting closer to Ottawa Race Weekend. We had our first Water Station meeting at school, and I’m already at 40 volunteers – I can fit 45 on the bus. Shocked!  Most are returners from last year’s crew, so I am confident that they will do just fine. We are even getting down to the last few *big* long runs. This week was the last of the easy (ha) long runs. Once I go above 20KM, it takes a bit more effort and lots more time. I’m starting to book off my “available to supply teach” time, to ensure that I have an opportunity to get my long run done during the week. This week I plan on completing my long run after work on Thursday since it is track night. I have more time after school, don’t have to pick up Max and don’t have to be at the track until 6pm. Easy. But after this week – I start 6 weeks of track meets that land on Thursdays. The good news is that besides this week, I only have two more big long runs scheduled for weekdays. My 29KM (or so) run will be done at the Mississauga Half Marathon and the 32KM/20 Miler is done on Mother’s Day.

Training this week

Monday – complete rest day

Tuesday – 5K in 34:00 on the treadmill.

I ran before school at GoodLife. I felt a few niggles with my leg but it wasn’t that bad. I also had Physio after school. We worked on my calf issue but also worked on that one quad that seems to get bunched up. My Physio therapist also gave me another stretch to work on that post tib.


Wednesday – GoodLife Workout

I was a bit tight for time before school (Max wasn’t cooperating), so I only spent 5 minutes on the bike, then went to the weights. I did squats, press/twists, rows, hamstring lifts and some ab twists with a med ball. I felt a bit sore after. Then I went to school for a bit. After my class we had our first meet of the year. I’m glad I did my workout before school as I left the track team around 4:45pm.


Thursday – 5K in 33:00

I ran outside! We had a bit of a storm overnight, but luckily the rain made it that the sidewalks were clear again. I ran 5K along two of my usual routes. I wasn’t having the best GI system day, so I wanted to stay close to home. Nothing happened and I finished the run without any problems.

Friday – 6K in 41:00 on the treadmill

Another GoodLife treadmill run. It was a bit windy, and I was feeling a bit lazy, so I opted for the treadmill. I had zero leg pain this time, excellent! It was a good run, but I’m definitely wanting to get off the treadmill and run outside. I took it easy as I knew that I was running a long run on the treadmill the next day.

Saturday – 10 miles on the treadmill in 1:53

P had a school event – which meant that we only had Sunday to work on the floor, so I took Max to GoodLife to run on the treadmill for almost two hours. GoodLife’s Jump program has a two hour limit, so I knew it would be tight. I opted to be changed into my gym clothes and didn’t shower after (which was a bit gross). I broke up my run into two 5 mile stretches so I could use the bathroom in between. It also helps with the mental aspect of running in the same spot for 2 hours. I loaded up my iPad with the only video I have on iTunes, a few episodes of Mad Men. Like most of my treadmill runs, the first mile is the worst, then I get into a bit of a groove. The first 5 miles flew by. I quickly ran to the washroom and hoped back on the treadmill within two minutes. The last 5K was a bit more of a struggle fest. I have now moved from 5 minutes running/1 minute walking back to 10 and 1’s. I ran at just over 11:00 miles, but with walking breaks, it was closer to 12:00, which is right where I should be for a long run. I had a bottle with Nuun in it and I’m happy to report that I had no problems with it. So glad that I figured out a few years ago that it was sorbitol that I couldn’t take. I’m glad that I made it 10 miles on the treadmill. That is just over 16K, I would have liked to have gotten to 17K, but the clock was ticking to pick up Max from child care. I don’t think 1KM really matters, especially since I tend to run a bit slower on the treadmill. Next week I’m going for 19, 20 if I feel good.

I was a little sweaty after that run……


Sunday – just strength/physio 

We had to focus on getting some renos done.


Another solid week of training, but I’m definitely feeling all those previous marathon training feelings come back. You know, the always wanting to eat, falling asleep in 2 seconds and the feeling that you never have another time for anything. When I was training for NYC, I was also coaching Cross Country, which took up lots of time but no where as near as much time as track takes up. I’m aware I don’t run as many miles as many other runners do who are completing a marathon, but really this is all I have time for. One day, when I have a treadmill at home, it will make things a bit easier.

When I finished the NYC marathon, I thought that running the actual race wasn’t bad and kind of fun. Much of that had to do with running a bucket list race. The other thought was that the training was more difficult for me. I ran two of the 24+km runs in the middle of the day with lots of sun and many times would be running in between classes. This year, I’m trying to coach track 6x a week and also renovate my house. Not much time for free time. 

The weather is finally looking like it will be improving this week. I cannot wait for those sunny, mild spring days. Makes running so much easier. Bring on the sunshine and shorts!

Have a great Monday!

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  1. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I completely know what you mean about the training. After you finish the race you think that wasn’t so bad but it’s easy to forget all the hard work that went into getting you to that point. I’m at the point in my training right now where I just want race day to be here so I can get it over with!

    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      your race day is almost here!!

  2. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian

    It sounds like you put in a lot of hard work and dedication this week. Keep up the good work!
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    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Thanks 🙂


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