About three weeks to go until my attempt to set the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit and things are really coming together. With the weather being what it was this summer in Niagara (really only a few super hot days), there’s probably been no better time to prepare for a fall half marathon. Some of training runs have been in costume, too.

Then September rolls in and all of a sudden we are dealing with back to school, driving the girls to dance class and other weeknight activities, and, apparently, the high heat and humidity we should have had during the summer.

Cooled off with a Popsicle after a hot long run today.
Cooled off with a Popsicle after a hot long run today.

Man it was hot this week. I really suffered on my long run this morning in heat that was over 35 degrees Celsius.

Saw this in a running store window. True words.
Saw this in a running store window. True words.

You can follow my training on Strava.

The challenge to keep up with my training is something I face every fall. I often feel like all that hard work all summer starts to unravel as I adjust to the new schedule. I don’t think it really does, but it’s sometimes hard not to stress about still trying to get those runs in when it starts to get late and dark.

We’re getting things sorted out (I think we’ll be out two nights now with some stuff on the weekend) and falling into a routine that works. But I’ve had to be a little more creative with some runs and just letting others go.

Creative here means I run when I can, such as the 45 minutes between dropping the girls off at dance and picking them up again.

This week was tough and I basically relegated as a rest week. I wanted this to my last week for long intervals, but some errands and other commitments around a couple of nights this week, a Friday wedding shoot and some oppressive heat moved me to cancel a couple of workouts.

It’s ok, I can use the rest.

Overall, training has gone well – it’s been a good build up in spite of probably the most vacation time I’ve ever taken over a summer. I spent the first part of my summer emphasizing speed with some hard 400m-repeats. However, I feel like I put off some threshold workouts (or at least didn’t get as many miles in at threshold pace as I would have liked). But again, the extra rest helped me get stronger for my long repeats (1km) phase and threshold runs. I’m really satisfied with hitting these workouts, although I’ve had to move my schedule around a bit to fit all the runs in.

Sign on running path at Pop Century Resort at Disney World.
Sign on running path at Pop Century Resort at Disney World.

I’m not complaining – I have had good times with family and friends and got to run in some amazing places, such as Orlando, Florida (running path at our Disney World Resort), Allegany State Park (a big black bear walked out right in front of me during one run, another time I almost stepped on a skunk) and all over Ontario, including Parry Sound, Cornwall (my hometown), Wasaga Beach and, of course, here in Niagara (mostly St. Catharines and Niagara Falls).

Three weeks to go.

Gotta run!

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