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Month: April 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I haven’t posted since last week, so this post is going to be a summary of my training for the last few days.

Yesterday, I ran 6km. Today, I ran 8km. Is it getting easier? Maybe, a little. It’s still tougher to run then I’d like it to be. I am trying to take it easy, take lots of walking breaks, telling myself that I’m easing into my training. But at the same time, I’m thinking that some good old fashion high-intensity workouts would do me good and force my body to adapt. That’s what I did to get fitness back after taking a break from training during a vacation a few weeks before my marathon last year. One week of crazy-high-intensity workouts. It was tough but worked; I gained back a good deal of fitness I had lost during a three-week vacation break.

I haven’t swam this week and I doubt I’ll be able to get a swim session in my schedule. Maybe over the weekend, but it’s a big “maybe”.

So, writing this post is pushing me to plan a good old-fashion high-intensity torture running session for tomorrow.

Below is a picture of some ducks crossing my path I took during one of my numerous walking breaks during today’s session.

Cheers!

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Yesterday, I went for my first outside run this year. 6km. It was tough, really tough. More should be written about the difference between running on a treadmill and running outside, because though I had been running on a treadmill several times a week for the last few months, it felt like I had not been running at all.

I remember the same thing happening last year in my first runs transitioning from the treadmill to the street. All I know is it gets better, so I’ll tough it out, continue running and think about New York coming up in a few months. Running season has just kicked in for me.

Speaking of New York. I got an email to chose my baggage and transportation options for the NYC Marathon this week. For the baggage option, I opted for the poncho (instead of checking-in a bag) and for the transportation to the start-line, I’ll be taking a bus from Midtown Manhattan. The ferry sounded like fun, but we’ll be staying at a hotel literally two streets away from the NYC Library (where the buses depart), so it seemed so much easier to just take a bus (instead of the subway, to the ferry, then another bus).

As for swimming… I went swimming last Thursday. Lets just say that after spending a whole week on vacation in Mexico swimming every single day, I was struggling a lot less than the week before. My comfort in the water improved drastically and a good stroke comes to me much more naturally. Still lots of room for improvement, but I see the improvement coming along.

Cheers.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

¡Hola! ¿Como estas?

I’m back from a week spent as a tourist on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. It was a perfect vacation and now I’m tanned and back in my snowy hometown (snow mid-April?!? Arghh…)

I’m thinking of my half-marathon coming up in six weeks (Ottawa Half-Marathon on May 29, 2016).

With the snow and the cold weather, I still haven’t gone outside to run. I raise my hat very high to anybody who lives around here and manages to run a full marathon in six weeks. That means that either a) they did a huge chunk of their training in crappy weather (slushy snow, dirty streets, freezing rain… ) or b) they spent crazy long hours on a treadmill to avoid the crappy weather.

I’ve done neither. I’m counting on the weather getting better soon to allow me to get a few long runs in before the half-marathon. But truth is, I see this half-marathon as a way to kick-start my training for this summer (for the full marathon in the fall!!).

I admit I didn’t run at all during my holiday. I was with my spouse and he doesn’t run. We spent all our time together and leaving him for hours to train or run would have been inconsiderate. Instead, we did a ton of swimming and snorkeling. The snorkeling was great, I love swimming with fish.

Yesterday, I did my first workout since coming back in the fitness room in the office building where I work (treadmill, stationary bike). I did an abs workout a few minutes ago and plan on doing another cardio workout this afternoon in the fitness room.

Cheers!

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