Posted by: ttoffelmire | November 20, 2014

A #MAFFail in the extreme cold

As I’ve mentioned a few times now, during this off season from seriously training for any race, I’m working on building my base and endurance through MAF.  I give more detail on what this entails in the post I linked up, but basically, I’ve been wearing a Heart Rate Monitor on all my runs and trying to keep my HR below 145 or so.  This was actually going quite well for the most part, until we were struck by some extremely cold weather over the last week or 10 days.    Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | November 12, 2014

My Obligatory Winter Running Post…

Well it seems that winter has hit us, like a ton of bricks, really really cold bricks. I’m often asked if I run outside through the winter.  I think to non-runners, or people who live in warmer climates it seems truly insane to run outside through our winters.  I admit, that even to me, some days it seems a bit crazy to run outside in our winter weather. Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | November 6, 2014

Is Sitting Really the new Smoking?

I listened to a podcast last week by Ben Greenfield  talking about the headline that most of us read a month or two ago stating that “Sitting is the new Smoking”. Even Runnersworld had an article titled “Sitting is the New Smoking – Even for Runners”.  Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | October 26, 2014

MAF Training, and the best Husband out there!

I’ve been back out running for one week now post marathon, and I’m feeling pretty good.  Both Lori and I have decided to do some MAF training post marathon.  What is MAF training?  And why?  I’ll explain both in this post. Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | October 19, 2014

1 week off Running, why I don’t Streak…

Today is 1 week post marathon, and it’s also been a full week off running.  I know that a lot of people have no problem sitting back and relaxing for a week, but there are also some of us who get caught up in it all.  I know myself and I definitely get caught up in things, I get stuck on the numbers and logging the miles.  I think it’s important to take a step back every once in a while and take both a physical and a mental break from it all.  After the Calgary marathon last spring, I really didn’t take any time off.  The day after the marathon I was on my bike, and within a couple days I was back out running.   Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | October 14, 2014

Stubborness is my Superpower (my Okanagan Marathon Race Report)

We all have some sort of superpower don’t we?  Something that we are really good at.  My daughter Maiya has an amazing imagination, not just a typical 4 year old imagination, but a super fantastic, amazing imagination.  One of my friend’s sons’ superpower is empathy, he feels really deeply for others.  Well mine is stubbornness.  Is this a good quality?  Well, it worked out in my favor this past weekend… Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | October 6, 2014

Taper Madness Indeed!

I am sitting here right in the middle of taper.  My marathon is on October 12th, (less than a week away – EEEEK!!!).  The last week has been a bit crazy to say the least.  Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | September 24, 2014

Queue the Marathon Pace Obsession Post…

Soooo the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) released the final group of people who are accepted into the 2015 Boston Marathon today.  They also set the cutoff time for those accepted at BQ-1:02.  This has prompted a bit of obsession from me… If the time remains similar for 2016 (there is obviously no way to know this, but I’ll assume that it is so that I can continue my over analysis and obsession, mkay?).  So assuming next year is similar, I’ll have to run a 3:44 or faster marathon to have a chance of getting into Boston. Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | September 22, 2014

Okanagan Marathon Update: it’s Taper Time!!

First off, I actually registered for the race, HA … True story, I wasn’t registered until last week sometime.  We’ve had our accommodations booked, and everything else organized but I just hadn’t gotten around to registering, but now I am, so I guess there’s no turning back now.  Read More…

Posted by: ttoffelmire | September 8, 2014

Marathon Training Update!

Two days in a row, I must be on some sort of a blogging roll!! :-) Well, I figured it had practically been forever since I had last updated you on my marathon training progress… so here goes!  The last time I posted an update on my training I was just finishing week 4.  I’m now finished week 7 of the Pfitz 12-55 schedule, and feel like I’ve hit the home stretch! Read More…

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