The reviews don’t lie…beautifully hilly!

Marco Island Half 1:53:35
We arrived yesterday and I conquered the half this morning. Now to explore this amazing island for the next week! I’ll write a race recap in a few days once my thoughts ferment for a while!

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(This one’s for you Peter)

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Taper: Week 2

5km – 23:57
Race Prep run. It was nice enough out to run in my gear I’m wearing in Florida. Everything is feeling good. My hip/groin is feeling better and should hold up for the run! It’s all coming together! Now I’m going to rest up and finalize my race strategy.

Taper Week 1

7.1km – 33:32
Slipping and sliding all over the place. That was an icy run!

Taper Week 1

8.3km – 45:00
Good run on the mill!

Taper Time!

I had one more long run of 20k planned for this morning. We’ve been battling the stomach flu for the last 4 days and it’s left me with a slight cold. I also tweaked my groin a little playing hockey last night. So I made the conservative decision to ditch my last run and swing right into my taper for the race. I’m going to keep up my mileage for the next week and then slow down a little to rest up for the race. I’m feeling ready to get a new PB. The weather in Florida has been in the high 20’s and is showing this tread continuing until the race day. That will be 50 degrees warmer than my last long run. Wow!

That’s all I have to say now. I’m going to stay positive and eat well for be next two weeks and then rock a new PB!

Oh ya…I signed up for a couple new races. A half marathon in London on April 27th and a 5k in Goderich on May 11th that I’m running with Megan. I’m excited to see her get back into running!

Keep on moving,

JA

Week Fourteen: Run 1

45 min Bike Trainer
8.4km – 41:40
Fast run after a hard bike. Legs are feeling good. My throat not as good. Fighting a cold. Boooooooo!

Strong finish?

Good Morning,
I woke up very early this morning to a sick little boy.  The Flu has struck our house.  Everyone is doing ok but now its time to see if our healthy eating and flu shots can keep it at bay.  With only two weeks to my race, its not the best timing to come down with a sickness but I guess its better then right before we leave for our trip.  I’m always looking on the bright side!

So I’ve worked my way up to a 21k long run and about 40km training weeks.  I’m feeling a few aches and pains but for the most part I’m injury free.  KNOCK KNOCK.  I have one more long run this weekend and then I’ll start to taper for the race.  I’m still going to log 25-30k weeks throughout my taper.  I had a hard time dropping mileage last time around, I felt anxious and shugglish when it came to race day, so I’m going to attempt a different tactic.  More mileage, lower my caloric intake and Carb load 2-3 days out from the race.  That should help with the shugglishness (I don’t think thats a word haha).

I have booked a massage for next week to try to work out some of the tight areas before the run.  I’ve been trying to focus on stretching and even doing a little yoga throughout my program and its really been helping.  Its hard to tell if I’m just in better shape or its the changes that I’ve made this time around, but I’m feeling more flexible and fewer injuries.  I have a DVD called “yoga for runners”  that I’ve done a few times and its taught me some moves that I’ve tried to do daily to keep loose.  I would love to be able to get up early and do some stretching and yoga before my day starts but unfortunately thats not really in the cards right now.  My early work schedule and squeezing in runs before the family wakes up takes priority over stretching! I have made it a rule to sit on the floor instead of the couch at night when watching TV.  It reminds me to stretch and keeps me moving a little because its not very comfortable.

I’m off to take care of my sick little man and try to get a run or maybe a cycle in this afternoon.

Keep on moving,

JA

Week Thirteen: Run 3

20.8km – 1:56:25
That was a character building run. So cold my water froze after 7k. Had to push through to the finish line but I got it done! One more long run next Sunday and it’s taper time!

Week Thirteen: Run 2

8km – 45min
Interval treadmill run!

Week Thirteen: Run 1

3km
Slow start this week. I was fighting a bug yesterday that was likely brought on from exhaustion. Running 18k then working two nights and barely sleeping in between them was not a wise choice. Back on my feet just in time to run into a small blister and had to abort my run. I’m done with trying to break in my orthotics until after my run. Tomorrow’s another day!