STWM Training in Review (Weeks 2-8 of 20)

What the heck happened you ask ? Tell me you have been training, you say.

Well, a new job happened. And a lot of travel came with it. I was on the road for 3.5 out of the first 5 weeks. 2 of them in a hot, hostile environment known as the Dallas Metroplex. 2 weeks in there with zero, yes 0, running. Ouch.

Some highlights and lowlights nonetheless.

I went running near San Jose, California. Warnings about mountain lions notwithstanding, it was amazing.

I went running across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, something I will always remember doing. It makes me want to run the San Francisco Marathon sooner rather than later.

And here is that run:

I went running in Plano, a city in the northern suburbs of Dallas. You have to get up and hit the road early to avoid the heat. The roads are made of concrete and there were sidewalks to nowhere:

Or sidewalks that aren’t straight and that come to an abrupt end:

I ran the 20km Jazz Run tune-up run in The Beaches area of Toronto. It was an official tune-up run for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

And here are my results; not too shabby I guess for someone who missed a lot of runs:

I ran a pretty intense track workout a few days later:

And then a 163km bike ride the following weekend:

I also became a pace bunny for the Quebec City Marathon on August 30th. I have been asked to be a pacer for the 3:45 marathon using a 10:1 run/walk approach. That works out to 5:00/km when running and about 12:00/km when walking for an average of 5:15/km. Should be a lot of fun, but I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little bit nervous.

Which brings me to 12 weeks to go until the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. At the end of this week I fly to Bangalore, India for 2 weeks on business. I plan to go running in Cubbon Park and have already signed up for a 10-km race called the PUMA Urban Stampede on the middle weekend.

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