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Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 10

Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 10
Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 10

On October 9, 2016, I will be running Marathon No. 2: the Portland Marathon. Follow along as I post my weekly training recaps. All training recaps can be found here.

Here is week 10 of my marathon training: 

I spent the week on vacation with my family in Prince Edward Island. I spent hours outside everyday walking on the beach and relaxing, eating lots of delicious food, and enjoying being back on Canada’s East Coast. Stay tuned for my vacation recap.

I managed to get in several runs but struggled to do much strength training. I figured it was good to give my body a break anyways. I also find it hard to be motivated to strength train when there is no gym nearby or my regular workout buddies around.


August 15: 4 mile easy + 30 minutes strength circuit

I took advantage of the beautiful scenery and ran 4 easy miles along the boardwalk and by the ocean. I stopped at a playground to use the bench and monkey bars for a 15 minute strength circuit, including pushups, planks, pull-up negatives, and elevated split squats. I stopped again halfway through my run to do another 15 minute strength circuit, including one-legged squats, tricep pushups, shoulder taps, and squat holds.


August 16: 30 km walking 

My friend Alan, who lives in Vancouver, happened to be in Nova Scotia this week and came over to PEI for a night. We wanted to do a hike but PEI is a little flatter than BC. So instead, we walked along the beach and bike path in PEI’s National Park from Brackley Beach to Dalvay-by-the-Sea and back. We walked 24 km! Between the scenery, chatting, and stopping for food, it didn’t seem like that long at the time. In the evening, I walked on the beach with my parents. Let’s just say I was tired and very sunburnt by the end of the day.


August 17: 60 minutes strength and conditioning circuit

I took a break from running and crafted my own bodyweight strength and conditioning circuit to do at home. The basement in my parent’s home is unfinished so there is plenty of space to run around. I did a variety of plyometric, full body, upper body, lower body, and core exercises. When I don’t have weights around, I find some of the toughest bodyweight exercises to do are squat and lunge jumps, frog leaps, pushup variations, and using a bench or chair for elevated exercises (i.e. plank with your feet on a chair).

August 18: 10 miles (16 km) hill run + 30 minutes rolling with lacrosse ball

I embraced the nearby hills (and my lack of desire to do any speed work while on vacation) and recreated the hill boot camp I did during week 8 of training: 10 miles of hills at a moderately hard pace. I sure felt like a badass running up and down those big hills. It was also nice to get out for a longer midweek run and enjoy the scenery.


August 19: 6 miles (10 km) moderate pace run 

I set out to do a steady 10 km run in the morning. I spent the day exploring beaches with my Mom. I made sure to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen this time.


August 20: rest

I had grand plans to do a run and strength workout when I got back to Vancouver in the afternoon. However, after waking up at 3:30 am PEI time to catch a 6 am flight, I was exhausted by the time I got home. I managed a long walk on the seawall in the afternoon.

August 21: 15 miles (24 km) long run + 3 hour hike + 20 minutes stretch and rolling with lacrosse ball

Last week’s 18 mile long run was fantastic, and this week’s was incredibly crappy. I am sure jet lag, dehydration, and low energy were mostly to blame. It was one of those long runs where my legs were tired from the start and I just wasn’t feeling it. I had 16 miles on tap, but at the halfway point decided to cut it short by a mile. I figured it wasn’t worth suffering through for 1 extra mile. Eventually I just accepted the discomfort and tried to be proud that I was getting it done.


In the afternoon, my friend Alyssa and I headed to Cypress Mountain for a 3 hour hike up Hollyburn Mountain. It felt good to move my legs and do something fun after my long run. If only it wasn’t so foggy when we got to the top!

Do you like working out when you’re on vacation? 


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