My blog post for the Canada Running Series

As a Digital Champ for the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, I was asked to write a post for their blog.

Titled “Getting to the Start Line. Running to the Finish Line”, it was published on Monday and recounts my voyage from out of shape guy on the cusp of turning 40 to guy who just finished his 21st marathon in his first 6 years of competitive running.

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I also added some lessons learned, tips and tricks, etc.

I hope you enjoy it !

STWM Training in Review (Weeks 9-14 of 20)

Oh well. More business travel means less updates to the blog. But at least I got the running in that I needed to.

What did I do since the last update.

Trip to India

Well I travelled to India for one. 2 weeks of business travel to Bangalore, with a day trip to Mysore, the former capital of Karnataka state.

I ran 7 times in all in Cubbon Park, the park at the center of Bangalore.

On August 2nd, I ran a 10 km road race known as the PUMA Urban Stampede in a Bangalore office park. The race started at 6AM to minimize the heat / humidity. Since my typical routine involves bringing a toaster and bagels with me, and I didn’t have either with me on this trip, I called room service for breakfast.

As for the race It was a very tight course, which meant darting in and out and around people to move up. 11834971_10153050813132636_6278289436080979553_o I started the race near the very end as I forgot to start my watch. I finished 18th of 893 runners, which means I pass A LOT of people.  I finished in 44:35 for an average pace of 4:39 min/km. Not bad, especially considering the heat. 11221605_10153056220107636_4594524459963366754_o

 

Here is my result on Strava:  

 

This was me after the race, so I guess I didn’t suffer too badly.

Greetings from Bangalore ! Warm and humid but a sub-45 10km nonetheless.

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Running in the Eastern Townships

A day trip to Orford Provincial Park southeast of Montreal saw me run from one lake to another and back.

 

Trip to Winnipeg

A few weeks later saw me travel to Winnipeg, where my whole family is originally from. I took the opportunity to go running in the wonderful Assiniboine Park.

Going running here. 🙂 A photo posted by Kenneth Trueman (@ktrueman) on

Every time I would stop to take a picture, I would get eaten by mosquitoes. So I stopped taking pictures.

Here is one of my runs there from Strava:

 

Quebec City Marathon

I flew from Winnipeg to Quebec City to run the marathon as a pace bunny.

But first I worked in the Canada Running Series booth with my track club coach, François Lecot. We talked about the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as well as other events put on by CRS.

This time around I was the 3:45 pace bunny for runners using the 10:1 run/walk method, something completely new for me.

Ready to rock this marathon thing. #deuxrives #stravaproveit A photo posted by Kenneth Trueman (@ktrueman) on

I had an interesting story to tell at the end, regarding this picture that was featured on the Facebook profile of John Stanton, founder of The Running Room chain of running gear stores, the day after the race:

Ken and Karine

Here is the story I shared on Facebook:

QCC marathon story

 

The day after the marathon, I flew off to Dallas for a week of work. The 2nd time I did that in the last 3 months. Suffice to say, I did not run once while there. The temperatures were in the high 30s all week.

And now we are up to date. 🙂

 

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.

Morning run in South San Jose. Nothing feels better. #stravaproveit

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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.

Time to head back. Sun's going down and it's getting chilly. #stravaproveit

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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:

Straight lines be damned. Running in Plano, TX. #stravaproveit

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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.

Thanks for stopping by !

STWM Training in Review (Week 1 of 20)

This was the first week of a 20-week training plan for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 65 of those km came in the last 4 days, including a sub 1:44 solo half-marathon on Thursday night. If it wasn’t for Strava’s monthly training series and its ability to motivate me to go above and beyond, I would not have run 18km this evening.

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Because I hit the road this evening, I got to 200km for the month of May. The month of May is typically a dead month for me, coming on the heels of a marathon the first weekend. Not this time. So I earned the May challenge badge.

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The last 4 weeks look like this. As you can see, no biking this past week. Still getting over that nasty 130km bike race and the 8 hour drive back to Montreal that got me to bed past 2 am on Sunday night.Strava-week-2015-05-31

Ok. I’m tired. I have a marathon coming up this Sunday, followed by a 3-week of serious climbing on the bike to get me ready for a 200km ride with 16,500 feet. I also need to get back into cycling more. And I am thinking of signing up for the Quebec City Marathon in late August too; that would get me 4 marathons for the year.

Did I mention I was tired ? Not like it changes much.

A week in review

Strava had this to tell me at the end of the day on Sunday.

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As you can see, I have been pretty busy during this awkward period of being in-between marathons. The GoodLife Fitness Toronto marathon was at the end of the first week. I ended this past one with a 130km bike race in Grey County, Ontario.

As a result of Sunday’s bike race, I scored the right to purchase that awesome jersey for climbing 6000m or more in June. Guess who is about to place a birthday present order.

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I am currently at 7156m and could add another 2200 more this coming Sunday if I wanted to but I might take a pass in order to get some rest for my marathon on June 7th.

This Monday (today) marks 20 weeks until the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon for which I am digital ambassador. I saw my picture featured in an ad on Facebook and took a screen capture. That’s me in the middle of the bottom row.

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My training plan covers 18 weeks, so technically speaking, I still have a few weeks off but I’ll be continuing to build base miles in there nonetheless, while also making the most of the cycling season. (I have a major cycling goal event on June 27th in western Maryland.)