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. Continue reading “Calgary Marathon – Goals, thoughts, etc…”

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A Day in the Life of Lori and Terry’s Strength Training – The Outdoor Edition!

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!! Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Lori and Terry’s Strength Training – The Outdoor Edition!”

What I’ve learned so far the Recovery Nutrition edition…

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!!) Continue reading “What I’ve learned so far the Recovery Nutrition edition…”

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: Continue reading “Final 20 miler, and it’s taper time!”

Yasso 800’s and week in review…

The past week of marathon training was a cutback week, but still had what used to be quite a few km’s in it.  I ran 60 km’s this past week.  In the past, or when half marathon training, that would have been considered a peak week.  Now that I’m peaking at over 80 km’s in a week, 60 feels like a break for my legs.    It’s funny how your perspective changes!  Lori and I did do one super difficult workout this week, and that was 10 x Yasso 800’s.   Continue reading “Yasso 800’s and week in review…”