August is already over. As a graduate student, for the past couple of years, this means getting ready to patiently teach undergraduates how to program. However, this year I am excited to be taking on a new responsibility of making my personal training program. I will still train with Dorys’ group whenever possible and consult John about training. Since my training and racing schedule do not match with anyone in the group at the moment, I look forward to the new challenge of making my own schedule.
On the athletics side, I finally won the Mont Tremblant Half after racing it 3 years in a row. I was third in 2014, second in 2015, and I finally completed my medal collection this year. This race was also part of an awesome weekend with my teammates from the McGill Olympic Club. We had a blast volunteering at the race, and came home well contended.
3 days after the Mont Tremblant Half, I raced the highly competitive 5k Endurance at DDO. My legs were still heavy from the Half, but I was proud of the effort. This was a great confidence booster to resume training after a difficult recovery from the Mont Tremblant Half.
At the end of the month, I competed at the Half during the Quebec Marathon. The race was more competitive than recent years due to a group coming from Toronto. I gave a good effort for the first few kilometers, but the pace got a bit too much to handle after that. No matter how much I train and improve, there will always be better runners, but I unfortunately allowed that to negatively impact me mentally during the race. After falling off the front pack, I lost focus and eventually came through the finish line in 74:04. On the plus side, the weaker effort helped me to recover much more quickly than the Mont Tremblant half, and I am happy to be back to training on the next day. This race was part another great weekend I spent with the Paquet family in Quebec. They were wonderful hosts that contributed to another great day of running.
After 3 races, it is time to get back to the final preparation stage for my Montreal Marathon in September. With each cycle of Marathon training, I am learning something new and improving slightly. I hope to nail my final few workouts and the taper before the big day.
Below is my training for the month,
Week of August 1-7 (203k)
M: 22 w/ strides
T: 22 w/ strides
W: AM: 12 w/ strides; PM: 18 w/ 15 min @ 3:25/k
T: 23 w/ strides
F: AM: 4*mile in 5 min; 3 min R; 400 in :68; 3 min R; PM: 15 w/ strides
S: AM: 19 w/ strides; PM: 14 w/ strides
S: AM: 29 w/ 12@3:23/k; PM: 13 w/ strides
Week of August 8-14 (135k)
M: 19 w/ strides
T: 34 w/ 4*20min @ 3:35/k; 2 min R
T: 15 w/ strides
F: 4*k in 3:03; 300-400-500-400-300 pyramid; 3 min R
S: 1st at Mont-Tremblant Half in 72:43
Week of August 15-21 (142k)
W: AM: 5; PM: 5k Endurance in 16:05
T: AM: 12 w/ strides; PM: 15 w/ strides
F: AM: 17 w/ strides; PM: 15 w/ strides
S: AM: 10 w/ strides; PM: 19 w/ strides
S: AM: 4; PM: 26 w/ 25min@3:35/k; 10min@3:25/k; 15min@3:35/k
Week of August 22- 28 (118k)
M: 16 w/ strides
T: 16 w/ strides
W: 22 w/ 3*mile in 5:10; 2 min R
T: 20 w/ strides
F: 12 w/ strides
S: 7th at the half in Quebec Marathon in 74:05