Today was a major step forward for me I completed week 11 with a 26.3k run with only 5 weeks left until race day. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and its not an oncoming train) and 42.2k is within reach now. Please support me in this #BOMMarathon #RunVan Race by giving to CanPraxis in support of Canadian Vets suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
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This week has been a bit of a challenge to get my runs in as it was spring break and the kids were home fortunately Skye was home some days and she had night shifts so I was able to get out and run my morning runs as I prefer them to be.
I was also faced with my first truly bad run where I completely bonked I was supposed to do an 11k run on Wednesday but at the 6k mark my legs just gave out they had nothing left to be able to run I stopped for a bit and still could not get started backup. I had to cut my run short as the closest I was to home was 2k.
I had though I had found my wall but I also realized the previous couple days I had not been sleeping well. So for the next couple days I made sure to get some extra sleep. That seemed to help quite well as when I went for my run on Friday I was back at it with 5k under 30min and the rest of the run very fast. So lesson learned make sure I get all the proper rest in the week leading up to the marathon.
I had insured I had plenty of sleep leading up to this 26k and it went pretty well with an overall pace of 7:14 per k so right now I am on target for a 4hr 55min marathon all I need to do now is to be able to run an additional 2hrs to complete it.
Today’s run was a bit of a bear with hills but these hills I am training on will be good for me as the #BMOMarathon does not see to have the same elevations as my training has had today’s run had a 459M elevation and from what I can find on the #RunVan race it is only about 200M so I think that will make it easier.
My biggest problem I am looking at is keeping myself hydrated, I carry a fuel belt with 3 266ml bottles and after today’s run I only had about 133ml left in the bottle. So I will definitely need to be stopping at the aid stations for additional liquid and may even have to refill a bottle or two along the way. I sweat allot and I know that and if it is a warm day it will be worse so I need to be prepared for whatever comes along.
The rest of today’s run was unremarkable in that it was cloudy and windy throughout most of the run but not too bad no great vistas to film with my new go camera which I will have during the marathon. I wont get the whole race since the battery is only good for 3hrs of continuous recording so will take the shots that look good. I have been experimenting with it on my runs to be able to get the best most steady footage possible which is hard as a runner since I am always bouncing. Here are a couple image captures from recent practice images here so enjoy.