Running in the snow

Winter has arrived in Niagara and conveniently coincided with the start of my marathon training.

It wasn’t really an issue for this time around. I think we got off pretty easy – probably just more than 16 cm of snow for the week. Only moved one workout to the indoor track at the YMCA; the roads and sidewalks were good enough for easy running this week.

I’m keeping a training log as I prepare for the Cornwall Run to End MS marathon. If anyone is interested click here to see how I am doing.

I plan on setting a new PB at the race and qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I’ve used the third edition of Daniel’s Running Formula to help me with my training. It’s been a while since I ran 100k in a week, but haven’t found the increase in mileage too hard (it’s only week one, lol). I did find my threshold workout yesterday challenging to complete and I think it was probably due to the more mileage. Can’t wait to see how I improve.

I’ve also updated my Races in Niagara listing with the DSBN Road Race in April, the Rankin Cancer Run in May and the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon in June. Which race are you going to do?

Gotta run,

Rob

 

Marathon training has begun

Got out for my first official marathon training run for the Cornwall Run to End MS marathon and it was a long, wet one.

While it was quite rainy for most of it, I got in before it really got nasty. In Niagara, its been a pretty mild winter. Today wasn’t much different. But it did get could this afternoon and it snowed. I probably was feeling some pre-run jitters this morning — didn’t want to start off my first long run in the rain. I was glad I didn’t wait when I saw what it was doing outside at 4 p.m.

I went for 28km today, the longest I’ve run lately. It felt good, although I was a little beat up the last couple of kilometers. Went out a little fast –what else is new — for the conditions I guess. Overall, still manage to average my goal pace over the duration of the run.

And so, 16 weeks of marathon training has begun. My parents entered me into the Cornwall marathon as a Christmas present. They also gifted me the third edition of Daniel’s Running Formula, a book about training. It’s interesting and includes plans for marathon training. I’m reading through it and hope to implement some of its suggestions into my training  for the April 30 run. I’m just looking to shake my training so I can PB in my hometown.

Gotta run!

Rob

Race Calendar

Fill your calendar with races in Niagara.

Fill your calendar with races in Niagara.

Happy New Year. I wish everyone a great year of running and many personal bests in 2016.

Who is chasing a PB this year? I think it is going to be a great winter for training and there will be plenty of chances to run new PBs here in Niagara. I’ve often started my season with a hard, fast run at the Jordan 5k in April. I also love the Valentine’s Day 5k in February, although I’ve never posted a fast time at that race. Check out my listing of Races in Niagara.

It’s not a complete list yet, so please check back. If you know of any races that are not on the list, please let me know.

Gotta run,

Rob