“Training” Update for April

Spoiler alert:  April did not go as planned.  For a while, I was definitely in a “I don’t want to talk about it” place.  Now that things are improving and I seem to be on the other side, I will talk about it, and try to learn and move forward.  If it weren’t for the challenges in life, we wouldn’t learn and grow our wisdom, right?  Continue reading ““Training” Update for April”

Rest IS Training

Sometimes I think we get too focused on GO GO GO, PUSH PUSH PUSH, and forget that we need to step back and let our bodies absorb and recover.  In the endurance world there are a lot of different personalities, but many of us are highly motivated, ‘Type A’, type personalities that feel better when we are going, who enjoy pushing ourselves, and don’t just sit and be still very often.  I definitely fall into this camp.

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Training Update, March 2016

I looked at my training calendar last week to try to pencil in peak and cutback weeks leading up to the Calgary Marathon in May, and was surprised to realize that May is coming fast!  In my calculation we have 8 weeks left, which leaves only 5 real training weeks before taper!  I decided that this would be a good time to do a quick training update/summary of the last month. Continue reading “Training Update, March 2016”

Why are you running so dang much?

Over the last couple of months (well except for the 10 days I was on vacation), I’ve been attempting to get my base mileage up.  My weeks leading up to vacation were: 72 km, 58 km, 90 km, and 100 km. Running two weeks over 80 kpw (50 mpw) when I don’t have a long race on the horizon for 3 months might seem like overkill to some, or like I’m asking for burnout or injury.  I don’t think they are, and here is why I’m training like this. Continue reading “Why are you running so dang much?”

What fuels me…

When running these long endurance races (marathon’s and longer), you really need to consume calories as you run, it’s a necessary evil.  Maybe some people don’t see it as an evil, but in general, I really don’t enjoy most of the fuels that are out there.  I’m not a sugar person, and in general they are sickly sweet and I usually tire of them long before the race is done.  I wanted to summarize what I’ve tried over the years, and what I’ve settled on, and why. Continue reading “What fuels me…”