Winter Training Update #7 – Seriously. Stop.

*tap tap* is this thing on?

Apparently I have not updated in about two weeks. No real excuse other than being busy. When I’m not working, I’m running and when I’m not doing either of those things I’m probably doing some sort of chore or cooking. According to my calendar, I’m supposed to be starting the high school track and field season next week, so things are about to get busy.

We are about 10 weeks away from Ottawa Race Weekend. I believe I mentioned in the last post that now is the time for more heavy duty half marathon training. Now with 10 weeks to go, the mileage is going to start increasing every week. This is my last week with the easy 3KM runs, and in two weeks all of my runs will be above 5K. I’ve been running at least 4x a week, most being with 5 runs a week. This is a big change for me and probably why I do not have the time to blog as much.

I’ve been finding that I’ve been running a bit faster. I am going to run a 5K race this Saturday to test out my 5K race pace but who knows if I will be able to run a PB or not. For the most part, my paces for every run has been under 6:00 pace. I’ve even run a few progressive/speedy runs with KMs in the 4:40 range. But after this week, I’m going to slow things down a bit. My happy place for long runs are at about 6:00/KM, tempo at 5:30/KM and steady runs at 5:50/KM. I don’t really need to push it any more than that, especially if my plan is to just run a sub 2:00 in the half. As much as I would like to run another 5KM race in April, I think this weekend’s race will be the last before either the Mississauga Half or Race Weekend. There is zero need for me to be running in the 4:xx range for half marathon training. In my training plan, I do not start running speed workouts again until the month of May.

The first week of March, my training was done almost entirely on the treadmill, including a dreadful 9KM long run. I was battling a cold that week, and had Max-supervision issues. I don’t advertise when I’m alone with Max, but I was that week. We were in Vermont the weekend before and I rescheduled my Sunday long run to Monday. That week I somehow managed to run 6x, including two 9KM long runs. The following week, I had some more scheduling issues, including a Tuesday PM staff meeting. I had planned on going running at lunch (it was a no-bus day and I had time) and packed my gym bag. This genius forgot her running shoes! By the time I got home at 6pm, there was no time for a run, even an evening treadmill run. I had to readjust my training to run 3x5KM and my 10KM long run to maintain mileage amounts.

Winter running has been in full force for the past few weeks. It has been fairly cold for the last week or so. I had to return to my winter running gear despite running in shorts the weeks before. On Wednesday, I went to school early to try and run and had to abort my run 200m in because I was slipping all over the place. Last weekend I ran in Mississauga and was able to miss the deep freeze in Ottawa. It was still cold and very windy, but I got my tempo and long run in. I ran my 10K long run on the Mississauga Half Marathon/Full Marathon route. I had to pick up my brother at the GO station and figured a run down by the lake was a good idea. I had the trail almost entirely to myself and honestly, the temperature was perfect. I had to break up my long run into 8K and 2K chunks as my brother’s train arrived just as I was finishing up 8KM. That and I had to use the washroom…. 😉

Overall I am thrilled with my winter running this year. This has been the most I’ve EVER run in the winter. Last February I believe I ran next to no miles and seemed to pick up half marathon training in late March. I’ve been reading other people’s blogs and the number one advice I’ve encountered for getting to the sub 2:00 mark in the half is consistency. With 10 weeks to go, I’m hoping to keep up with my routine. Hopefully the weather starts improving soon too. I’m happy that it is light out past 6pm now but I would really like to be done with feeling cold while running. I’m also done with snow and ice! It is time winter to see yourself out and bring on spring running!

Have a great one!


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  1. Jane @ 50statecanuck

    I’m sorry, you ran in shorts a few weeks ago?? Please tell me it was late in the day after the sun had had a chance to warm things up because any morning run I’ve done has still been in winter gear!! lol

    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      I did! And a number of times in capris. I ran in shorts during Family Day weekend and again the next weekend on that day that was above 10C – anything above 5 and I’m in shorts!


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