2013 was my 4th year as a runner, and was by far the most fun. Including triathlon and snowshoe races, there were 16 races on my 2013 race schedule at the start of the year. However, I only ended up running 9 races in total, and that included two races in the Coast Mountain Trail Running Series which weren’t part of the original plan. But I did all the big races I wanted, set a new PR on every course I had run previously, and continued to improve as a runner.
With my longest training run being 30km, and having logged only 174km of total running for the entire MONTH of July, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a wee bit nervous about my second ever ultra race; the Squamish50 (I did the 50km course). Aside from just generally being lazy post-Vancouver Marathon, I pulled my groin bad playing soccer and was completely sidelined for two weeks.
Last weekend, on May 11, the trail running season really kicked off with the first 5 Peaks event of the year; Golden Ears. I was really looking forward to putting on the trail shoes after finishing the Vancouver Marathon.
Last Sunday I was fortunate to get to the start line of the BMO Vancouver Marathon feeling healthy and ready to try and get a BQ (Boston Qualifier), by running a time of sub-3:05. My previous best marathon time was 3:16 at the 2012 Vancouver Marathon. My Dad was in town so I stayed at his hotel downtown with my son, and managed about 4 hours of interrupted, restless sleep. Having a 5 year old constantly kicking you in the face doesn’t help you sleep when you’re already feeling restless.
Well, the big day is fast approaching with less only 2 sleeps to go. I’ve been enjoying the time provided with shorter runs and having a few extra days off running.
On Wednesday I had my final ‘speedwork’ session at the track, and will just fit in 1 (maybe 2) easy runs before Sunday.
Overall, I’m really happy with my training over the past 5 months and think I’ll have a chance at reaching my goal on race day, which is all I can ask. I didn’t suffer any major set-backs, and the only ‘injury’ I’ve had is a nagging IT band issue which has been tolerable, and has almost disappeared completely with the last 2 weeks of tapering.
I’m currently training for the 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon and am one of six official bloggers. Each week I’m providing updates on my training and experience leading up to May 5. You can read my previous posts here 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Well, we’re in the home stretch of training for the […]