Total program weeks: 17
Training weeks: 11
Racing w/ taper weeks: 3
Marathon taper weeks: 3
Races: 6 (Mar-30 k, Apr-8 k, Apr-Half, May-10 k, June-Half, July-5 k)
Personal Bests, 4: 8 k (26:59 HSROT), 10 k (32:52 Ottawa), Half (70:52 SVHM*), 5 k (15:58 Dash)
Average mileage for 11 training weeks: 158 km (150, 150, 145, 150, 160, 171, 170, 160, 165, 170, 145)
Average distance for 11 long runs: 38.5 (35, 35, 40, 39, 40, 36.5, 40, 36, 40.4, 44, 38)
Weight: 116 lb
Resting heart rate: 35 BPM
* not certified course
We are three weeks from the big day and the bulk of the work is done.
I am so grateful for the help of my team, so many to name.
I know I am in the shape of my life.
Since returning from injury in January (after 2 months of no running), Rick and I were fairly conservative with my training and racing. We set decent goals and aimed for quality mileage. Each and every week has been better than the one before. I know I am set to peak for the marathon and can't wait to give all this extra energy, August 10. Yes, extra energy.
I took a lot of pictures this week to capture my thoughts and feelings as I enter the taper phase.
I've crossed a lot of t's and dotted a lot of i's. And it's been worth it, every time.
It's going to be good. Great.
|Off to the treadmill and pool at 5:26 a.m.|
|Daily afternoon naps.|
|Bed time 9:04 pm. Now that it's summer, the kids and I often go to bed at the same time!|
|Motivation. Dean is 70 and a great motivation for me. He loves nature, photography, healthy eating and ran the 30 km Bay race this year!|
|It's all about recovery. Saucony recovery gear, Emend and napping. We get it done.|
|I'll take this 2:27 ... or better!|
|Cross training in the pool (bike and elliptical) has been key.|
|Team DuChene getting ready to go to a race.|
|Coach Rick. Superb.|
|The Chariot - couldn't live without it for training and racing.|
|Micah, age 7. First 5 km in 30:17, chip time. First in age 2-10 y.o. group.|
|Stir-fry with kale, onion, eggs, tuna, chick peas and chili sauce. Yes, I do love this kind of food. Don't knock it until you try it! Thanks, Stacey!|
|Kicking it in the end to make it under 16 minutes for a speed work 5 km race in HOT high 30's. Done! 15:58 and first overall (male and female).|
|Congrats on the retirement, Josie! 37 years at City Hall. Wow! Talk about commitment. Thanks for all your support with Rick as coach. Can't wait for the 4 of us to celebrate in Italy!|
|Recovery after my last and 11th long run, 38 km. Always best with coffee and smiling faces.|
|A bit of reading before our Europe trip.|