Posted by: ttoffelmire | July 6, 2014

2 Races, and 2 new PB’s!

Well, it’s been a good running week to say the least!! I’ve run 2 races in the last week, one on Canada Day (a 5k) and then today I ran a half marathon. Both were great, and I managed a PB (PR) in both races! Read on for all the gory details :)
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Posted by: ttoffelmire | June 27, 2014

Listening on the Run!

FACT: When running 80 + km’s per week training for a marathon you spend a lot of time running. About half of that time I generally am running with my awesome running partner, Lori, and she is responsible for entertaining me. Luckily she’s pretty chatty and entertaining! What do I do for the other 4 ish hours a week of running? Usually I’m listening to either podcasts or audiobooks. I used to listen to music, but found that it got repetitive, and I really suck at changing up my playlists. Ever since I’ve started listening to podcasts and audiobooks, I have grown to prefer them over music. Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | June 21, 2014

Mental Toughness

I was listening to a podcast on my run this morning from Trail Runner Nation on Mental toughness.  It got me thinking a bit…. this is one of the aspects of running that I’m actually pretty good at, and it spurred me to think about why.  I also had a huge compliment this week when a friend said that she often thinks of me when she’s pushing through a hard workout. Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | June 12, 2014

Lori’s Calgary Marathon Race Report!

I was chatting with Lori (and by chatting I mean texting… :) ) last week, and she was saying that she hadn’t decided whether to write a race report or not.  I told her she totally should!  First of all I love race reports, love reading them, and I like writing them.  It feels good after a race to reflect on your training, the race, the experience, all of it.  So she did, and when she sent it to me, it made me cry!!  If you know me, I’m a bit like a robot and rarely cry, but her report is awesome, and she agreed that I could post it here!  Soooo, get some Kleenex, and read on! Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | June 8, 2014

The Underwear Affair Winners, and Race Report!!

First of all I want to thank EVERYONE who donated!!  I raised over $600 (and our team over $3000!!!), and really appreciate every donation!  Next I will announce the winners of the prizes.  I’m going to let the winners pick their prizes in the order they were drawn, so here are the winners, if you’re on the list, I’ll email you once the people above you have picked and let you know what’s left… Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | June 5, 2014

Calgary Marathon Race Report!

Here it is!  My official recap, and race report from the Calgary Marathon.  Spoiler Alert – it was awesome!! :)  I enjoyed every part of this race, the training, being a ForeRunner, all the weekend events, and of course the race itself went really well.  It’s also long, so get a snack and a drink before you sit down to read it :) Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | May 29, 2014

Calgary Marathon – Goals, thoughts, etc…

So here it is, the last week before The Calgary Marathon!! It’s a little surreal that it’s suddenly upon us, but it also feels like we’ve put a lot of work into this training cycle and are ready to see the fruit that it will bear. If you wonder why I am talking as “we” and “us”, that’s because my training partner Lori and I have been training for this one together, with an identical schedule, running together twice a week most weeks. I feel like this has been a team effort in many ways. Read More…

Lori and I have a standing date every week for a medium long run, and strength training session.  We’ve been running up to 16 km’s and then going to the gym afterwards.  Since we’re now tapering for our marathon, our distances are going down, we decided to change up the strength training this week also.  We met on Tuesday night this week, and it was a lovely sunny day (something we haven’t had a lot of this spring)!  Lori suggested that we run in Griffith Woods, which is a beautiful park, but doesn’t have a ton of distance for longish runs, and then she suggested we workout in the park afterwards.  Awesome idea I thought!! Read More…

I’ve just finished running what have been my biggest mileage weeks ever. I’ve averaged over 73 km’s (45 miles) a week over the last 5 weeks. I know there are lots of people who marathon train who run a lot more than that, but there are also who run less. I’m especially happy because this is the first time I’ve come through a marathon training cycle without a single niggle, injury, concern, etc (KNOCK ON WOOD!!) Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | May 11, 2014

Final 20 miler, and it’s taper time!

Today marks the end of the major training for the Calgary Marathon!!  My running partner and I met up with another friend Sara, and ran our final 20 miler of this training cycle today.  The Calgary marathon is a fairly challenging course, it isn’t advertised as being a fast race, and has a decent amount of elevation gain in the first half of the race.  See the course profile below: Read More…

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