Marathon Monday: Not slower (!)


HAPPY FALL! Holy this weekend was so cold. I’m really not ready for the colder weather, but as long as there is no snow, I’m not complaining!

Time for a training update!


First of all, I have decided for the first time since I started running (5 years ago now!) not to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this year (in two weeks). Did I tell you that already? I dunno. I talk too much so I can’t keep track. Anyway, I am just not where I want to be speed wise. I figure I will spare myself the now absolutely insane registration fee of $100. I’m still dealing with diaphragm issues, and I’m happy to take the extra time to just keep preparing for the Hamilton Road2Hope half in 4 weeks! I can’t even believe it’s already been 1 year since I ran this race (and PR’d!)

I have missed a couple runs over the last couple weeks (I think literally just 2 though!), for no real reason other than I wasn’t feeling it. I am pretty sick of having average runs with average times, all while feeling at least a little bit like poop through ever kilometre. I realized recently that my mental game is just not there. I can be really really good at convincing myself I can do something, and really good at keep negative thoughts at bay. It has always been something I pride myself in. But these days, I welcome negative thoughts with open arms, and listen to all the mean things I tell myself. I’m giving up too easily.

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The power of positive thoughts guys.

So today, before my long run I decided to crunch some numbers. I decided to see just how much slower I am now in comparison to last year. I looked at two things.

1. My last 10 long runs before Hamilton last year, compared my 10 most recent long runs this year. (From 10k up to 22k)

2. My last 10 short runs before Hamilton last year, compared to my 10 more recent shorter runs this year. (From 7 to 9k)

What I found was pretty uplifting for me.


B) I am on average, 7 seconds per kilometre faster in my long runs. Not much, but I’ll take it!

C) I am on average, 19 seconds per kilometre faster in my shorter runs. Apparently 10k races are my calling…hah.

I feel so much better having learned this. This is what I need to get back on my mental game! If I was slower last year, and still managed a 1:48:46 in Hamilton, there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to shave off at least 1 second!

I powered through my windy, hilly 17k long run today and managed a pace not CRAZY far off my race pace. I came in at 1:30 (5:19/km) and the conditions sucked. So I feel good about that with 4 weeks left to train!

Wish me luck!



p.s. I secretly wrote this on Sunday, where I spent most of my night like this:

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  1. I think comparing ourselves with ourselves is one of the most defeating things we can do as runners. We can’t expect all training runs to be at a good pace just based upon things like what we ate, how we slept, the temperate and other random things in the universe we can’t control. Similarly, not every race is meant to be a PR. It’s been over a year since I had a half PR and I’m not expecting one until next summer just because of the other races I’m doing.
    Running without my Garmin and/or ignoring pace has been one of the best things I’ve done for my running 🙂

    • I don’t know! If I’m not going to compare myself with myself then who am I going to compare myself to? I definitely do not expect all races and all training runs to be as good as the last, but I do expect to see some improvement after working towards that for a year! Sometimes I run without a Garmin if I feel like I need to, but usually I throw it on and if I am having an off day, then I just don’t look at it. Whether I like it at the time or not, the data is pretty useful and I am happy to have it later!

  2. LOVE IT!! You got this girl!
    And I agree, every Pizza can be a personal pizza if you try hard enough hahaha. I might be trying too hard at my pizza game lately though!

    • Hahaha same…..SAME. I should probably get in on your no junk food challenge! ….but it’s Thanksgiving though…

  3. WOO HOO! I made it on your blog AGAIN. I can’t wait to run that race again this year. I’m not signed up yet so I better get on that. If I don’t PR at Scotia then Hammer town it is! Here’s to hoping. I have no doubt you will smash it. You may have had some issues over the last few months but you nailed it – you are still faster despite all that.

    I want to be in a bathtub eating pizza right about now.


      I’m not signed up either….classic me.

      Pizza in the bathtub, hotel room beds in Vancouver…wherever.

  4. I have invited my neighbour over tonight for supper. Luckily she loves pizza just as much as I do. freakin’ Eh. Delicious.