Wednesday, March 21

Speaker Symposium #2 – Marathon Training

Have you ever wanted to share in the excitement and heartache of running a 2:18 marathon? "Out of the silver heat mirage he ran. The sky burned, and under him, the paving was a black mirror reflecting sun-fire. Sweat sprayed his skin with each foot strike so that he ran in a hot mist of his own creation. With each slap on the softened asphalt, his soles absorbed heat that rose through his arches and ankles and the stems of his shins. It was a carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation." Alternatively, perhaps you’re wondering what it was like to experience a 9:27 Ironman, conveniently running a 3:12 marathon?

Jim, Rumon & I will be leading a low-key, fun and informative symposium on marathon training tomorrow night in an attempt to raise money for the Runners of Compassion Shoes for Youth Program.

Where: Frontrunners Victoria, 1200 Vancouver Street
When: 7 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $2 donation to Runners of Compassion; oh, and a little sweat too, when you yourself catch the marathon bug. For more information visit this

This evenings run was a bit of a battle but not one that couldn’t be defeated with a trip to the loo (upset stomach, sorry too much information). For whatever reason I always find “just running” the hardest thing to do, I find it easier if I have a purpose/workout or a running partner. Speaking of running partners (and a lack thereof, bastards) the other boys (Carter and Jim) were out on the track today hammering out 8x800. Rumon the bugger ended up averaging 2:36s and he’s worried about running 2h45 in London. Right. As for me, I was limited to 6x strides on an old turf pitch. The legs didn’t weren’t snappy but they did have some get-up-and-go which surprised me… Friday, that’ll be the test!

A.M. easy 41:43, left heel tight for the first 15’ but otherwise legs felt good
P.M. an easy/steady 1:20:52, 6:44 mi/pace with 6x strides


rumon said...

Huh, called me out. I always thought it was a 3:11. Ah well, couldn't see when I crossed the finish line, so hopefully I'll be forgiven for giving myself the minute!

You forgot to mention folks might also be interested in learning what it takes to go from being a 3:02 marathoner to a 2:40 marathoner in the space of a year. Now who would be the authority on that...

Marc said...

Hope the symposium went well, looking forward to hearing about it.

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