Thursday, December 31, 2009

Running in the COLD!

My training is following an outline on the Around the Bay website as this road race is a strange distance. 30k training programs are hard to find, so I thought I would give this one a shot.

Moving into the second week I had a 6k, then hills, and today, an easy 3k. These distances are so low that I have been adding about 10-20% per workout as I want to stay in some sort of marathon shape for the spring.

All 3 of these runs went well, but for some strange reason my right knee is bugging me a little bit. Not really when I am running, but more so when I am just sitting around. This happened a little during my marathon training in the summer, but I am not really too concerned about it.

I ran my 6k on the 29th and it was brutally cold. It was -10C with a wind chill of -20C. 33 minutes for this run with an average heart rate of 154 bpm. As you will come to see, I need to work a little on keeping my heart rate down, and perhaps losing a bit more weight will help out. I am down to the low 190s which is a lot less than I have been lugging around the past few years.

My wife and I headed down to Niagara Falls for a couple of days on the afternoon of the 29th so my next run was right next to the Falls. I needed to do hills, so I found a brutal quarter mile stretch going from next to the falls up to the Fallsview section where all the new hotels are. Did some hill repeats (3), then jogged around a little bit enjoying the scenery. Finally, found a nice 80 yard ramp at a good incline and did another 10 or so sprints up that. Still brutally cold so I was only out for about 30 minutes.

Today we got home from the Falls and I headed out for what was to be a 3k easy run. I cannot bring myself to only run 3k, so I did a 5k in a constant drizzle. It has warmed up though and it was an alright session. I did the 5k (3.1 miles) in 27 minutes flat and felt not too bad considering I had beer and wine the night before.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Off and Running!

Since this is my first post, I am going to provide a little background so you can get to know me a little. As mentioned on the sidebar, I am 35 years old and have been married for 9 years. We live in a little town called Waterdown which is about 45 minutes west of Toronto.

I have always been somewhat interested in running, but it never amounted to much. I ran a couple of 10k's over the past few years for charity, but it was last April when I made the decision to train for a full marathon.

My original plan was the Toronto Scotiabank in September, but due to a new job I had to push the date back. I ended up running the Niagara Falls International Marathon on October 25, 2009. It was an amazing experience and I attained my primary goal of simply finishing. I was a little disappointed in my time, but I tried to focus on the experience and not worrying too much about the time of 4:56.

Hey, it is a new PR, right?

So, I decided to start this little blog to follow my training and hopefully keep myself motivated moving into 2010. I have also recently started reading other blogs and listening to running podcasts which have been a great source of motivation and knowledge. This blog will hopefully allow me to meet other runners and continue to learn more about the sport.

So what is next? For me, I am in week 2 of a training program for a 30k road race called "Around the Bay". It actually is older than Boston and takes place on March 28th, 2010. I thought this will be a great tuneup for some harder training in the spring, as running in the winter up here can be challenging.

After the 30k race I am on the fence but leaning towards two more marathons in 2010, one of which may be a trail run. I love running trails, so I think that that could be a lot of fun.

So that brings you up to speed on what I have done and where I am at with my training. It is my plan that this blog will focus on the technical side of running a little bit. The upcoming posts will describe my training runs (all done with my trusty Garmin 305) and provide some insight into some of data that I love to pore over after a workout.

Please feel free to get involved with insight or comments. I can be reached by email as well as on Twitter and Facebook under the name "runningcanuck".