Arrived in Montreal

We made it safely to Montreal only for a race cancellation. I’ve never seen a race cancelled for heat before, especially temperatures I would consider mild. The high on race day will be in the mid-80s, so Canadians have decided that’s too hot to run. I’m not sure that any of my training runs took place at lower temperatures!

The race has allowed marathoners to run the half distance, which will start one hour earlier than planned. My new focus is to PR (or PB, as they say in Canada) at the shorter distance and give it everything I have. I’m very disappointed I won’t get the opportunity for the full distance.

We ran intervals Tuesday evening for a total of 8 miles. It was hot and humid, but we pushed through for the faster paces and enjoyed the recovery. I got up for BoMF Wednesday again and did a cool 2 mile run/walk. Flying took up the rest of the day, and then we celebrated our arrival with a walk through old Montreal to dinner in Chinatown.

Race Week

Montreal is finally upon me, and my flight is less than 48 hours away. The preparation is really complete at this point. What I do the rest of the week will help me more mentally than physically.

Saturday we mixed in some race pace miles toward the end of our training run. Even though it was hot and humid, the pace felt great to me. That gave me more confidence for my marathon. After training, I added on a few miles to get a total of 12.7 for the morning.

Sunday, I was intentional about walking and keeping myself active without overexerting my body. This morning, we did 1.5 miles with with BoMF. I have just a few workouts left until race day. Now my biggest question is what to wear for race day. I’ve already got the manicure to match the finishers jacket.

I Love Track Night

Hamster-style has become one of my favorite aspects of training. While most people begrudge having to run around the track at exhausting speeds, I think it’s really a lot of fun. It’s nice to go fast and there’s always a period of rest.

We ran 3 sets of 4×400 with declining rests in between each 400 (60 sec, 45 sec, 30 sec) for our first fall track night. The paces felt great and the humidity was low. This was my first real run since Saturday’s long run so my body was very ready.

Sunday I took as my typical rest day. Monday began with BoMF and finished at CycleBar. I enjoy mixing it up and working out my legs on the bike to give them a break from running. Before Tuesday’s run, I also got in a good amount of Montreal planning. The trip itself is now only one week away!

Ready to Run

This morning’s long run came long-awaited. I took Wednesday as a rest day (per our training schedule) and intended to run Thursday. A combination of late sunrise, early sunset and a busy day got in the way. Friday was my next choice but only if I could make it out for a few miles over lunch. That didn’t happen either.

Instead of wallowing (for too long) in sadness about missing my runs, I spent time planning next week’s runs and workouts–including clothes for each. I also made sure I got to bed early Friday so Saturday morning would be even more successful.

This morning, the sun didn’t rise until our last couple miles. We got in 7.1 miles by streetlight and headlamp. It really felt like September with nice cool breezes the whole run.

Calf Relief Plan

My calves have come full circle in the past week. They started to feel pain last week when I neglected to stretch following my runch. On top of that, I’ve been breaking in new shoes and focusing on improving my foot strike–which can throw everything off in how my body feels.

The pain wasn’t too bad during my run home Thursday, but I really should have focused more on recovery like taking a salt bath and spending more time rolling. I intended to run back to work Friday morning (with bursts of walking and a slow pace), but the pain was just-ran-a-marathon bad. This really made me angry because I’d only put in about 14 miles over the past three days and I had a race coming up Saturday.

In search of a quick cure, I slept in calf sleeves Friday night. For the first ever, I kept them on for racing. I’ve always thought runners looked silly wearing them but now I’m a believer. I placed third in my age group! To go from struggling to get out of bed to almost-regular paces was amazing. Of course, I know this was still more stress on my calves so I spent the rest of the long weekend with extended foam rolling before bed and daily salt baths. Sunday afternoon, I devoted half an hour to recovery yoga with an emphasis on stretching my calves.

By Monday morning, my legs were eager for a short run with Back on My Feet. Come Tuesday, they conquered hills with my training group. I resisted the temptation to hurry home for dinner and stopped to stretch before jumping in the car. My calves will thank me.