The Quest For A Boston Marathon Qualifying Time – May Training 2016

IMG_7943I haven’t written in a while – once again. I want to write, I do try but work has been very busy this year. With all the excuses I have for not writing more, I really want to get the all the feelings floating around inside my head out.

Anxiety, worry, frustration, excitement, sadness and happiness- yes, I’ve been experiencing them all. The anxiety and worry have their own way of boiling beneath my skin every couple of weeks to the point that they force themselves out in words of promises. Promises to myself said out loud that are safely released into the world because once they’re out they only make me stronger.

Excitement, sadness and happiness- yes, my life has been chock full of smiles, laughter and love in the past couple of months. I want to shout from the rooftops all of the amazing twists and turns that have taken shape in my life. but not yet, right now I want to invite you into my world or running only.

Lately it’s been incredibly challenging to write. It’s been far too long since I have set my feelings free on the page in spontaneous cathartic episode. Even though I miss pouring my soul into the blog I desperately don’t want my words to be misconstrued. The confusion. The backlash. The nasty comments that come my way. At the end of the day I can and will wait to tell my story. That’s all it is you know- it’s just a story. In fact it’s only one side of a story. But it’s my story. It’s the story about the ups and downs in one man’s life- one man who simply loves to help others.

Today we talk about running and more to the point, my training for the Hamilton Marathon

In May I have started to get my pre-training back in gear.  Below is a bit about how things are going and my feelings towards my training.

As you can see, the month of May was spent getting my milage back up while taking 2 days off.  The things you don’t see are the types of runs, elevation gain and pace but I’ll cover that in a minute. Training went well and I found that I have been making in roads in my adaptation to elevation and heart rate.  One of my weakness has been not getting in the elevation (hills work) I needed.   I love the hills but my heart rate climbs very fast and forces me to slow down.  Once my heart rate is elevated it never comes back down.  Second is speed work (track work running 100’s, 200’s, 400’s), I have not done any of these since I was a kid in grade 9.  So I have some work to do in this regard.  Putting in the milage is ok with me.  The more km’s the more I enjoy the workout.

100m sprints – 19 seconds average & fastest 16 seconds
200m sprints -39 seconds average & fastest 36 seconds
400m sprints – 1:25 average & fastest 1:23

Hill Repeats – started with 30 seconds up with 1 minute down recovery 3 times and slowly moved up to 8 times

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I also needed to invest in a new pair of shoes.  I thought about trying a different type with a a lower drop but thought why change things if nothing is wrong.  So, I got another pair of Saucony Triumph but the  ISO2 model.  8mm drop from toe to heal and 10 ounces.  The best money spent!!!  Thanks to Running Free in Orangeville for all the help that they provide.
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I also needed to adjust my nutrition again and get back into training mode.  It was not very difficult since I eat really well most of the time but I tend to fall apart while I’m working.  I found some great places to eat should I find myself needing lunch or dinner. Such as Freshii and the grocery store called Goodness Me

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Below is the road that I run my hill repeats on…Yup I love the hills…but they do make you stronger and I have seen I big difference since I started the workout.  I ended up finishing the month of May with 6X30sec sprint up and 1:00 minute recovery.

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