Erin: One week until Ottawa

This time last year, I was getting ready to run my first-ever marathon.


The Blu

Halfway through the Blue Nose marathon in 2013!

Next week I will run my second.


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The second time around has been interesting. One on hand, it’s been easier. I’m a better runner and I knew what to expect out of training.

But, in many ways, it was a bigger struggle than last year. The weather was terrible. My work schedule was different. I got really sick right after Around the Bay¬†and missed an entire week of training. For the past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with a nagging right quad. And I’ve lost a lot of my motivation, for both running and blogging, which you may have noticed thanks to the radio silence here. My long runs the past few weeks were killer. I had to frequently stop and gather myself or buy Gatorade or just sit down for five minutes. I’m getting it done, but I feel exhausted, not excited. And so I didn’t blog. It’s hard to write about things you aren’t excited about — especially when I don’t want to look like I’m complaining.

I’m hoping running the Ottawa Marathon next week will change that.

(PS. I’ve also decided that for the New York Marathon, I want a training plan that has running 3 days per week and high-intensity cross-training two days per week. Does anyone have suggestions? I’m hoping cutting down on the running will help mitigate this “over it” feeling I’ve had this training cycle.)



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7 thoughts on “Erin: One week until Ottawa

  1. Andrea says:

    Maybe see you at Ottawa!

    I know that Run Less, Run Faster is 3 runs a week. Some of Jeff Galloway’s plans are 3 or 4 and I think Rock n Roll Marathon’s book might be 3 or 4 days a week. I followed a Hal HIgdon plan from his book (Marathon) that was 4 days a week, but I dropped one of the runs. 3 days was much more manageable for me and allowed me to also fit in things like Shaun T’s T25 or weight lifting or yoga.

    • Erin says:

      Good suggestions, I will look into them!

      I just find doing 4 per week makes it too hard to do anything else, especially once the long runs get above 20k. And since I really want to not have a goal in mind for NYC other than have fun (which will probably change, hahaha) I think doing something that allows for a more comprehensive fitness plan is the way to go!

      What run are you doing in Ottawa?! Good luck!!!

  2. Janet says:

    Good luck! I did the Blue Nose 10k today and did a lot of reminiscing about the full last year. Hopefully the marathon atmosphere will give you back some motivation for your New York Marathon.

    I mostly did 3 days a week when training for the Blue Nose, but it was more because I missed a day in my 4 day/week Hal Higdon Novice plan.

  3. John M. says:

    I would recommend you get YOU (Only Faster) by Greg McMillan. While there are many books out there with training plans, and more online, Greg’s focus is that YOU should build a training plan for YOU. He gives basic outlines for plans for 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathons based on how many days you want run each week: 2-3, 4-5 or 6-7. From there you move things around based on how you train and what type of runner you are.

    We are all different and no one plan works best for everyone.

    I will add that if you want to be a “Fit Girl”, cross training is great. However, if you want to be a better runner, ya gotta run. More technically, sport-specific training is best.

    Good luck.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks for the reco, John! I’ll look into it.

      You’re totally right about running. I just want to figure out a balance that works for me: running enough that I am happy with my results, but that doesn’t burn me out and gives me time to do other stuff. Which I haven’t found yet. But I will.

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