I have decided to train for the Ottawa Marathon in May 2017. Right now I am base training. This consists of running 5-6 days a week (40-50 miles a week), cross training 1-2 times a week, and playing soccer 1-2 times a week (just for fun). I have also begun doing some circuit training twice a week to work on strength. I will start doing workouts in a couple of weeks. I'm not looking forward to spending more time on the treadmill, but I will continue doing the majority of my easy and long runs outdoors throughout the winter.
Most people would consider me to be a road runner. The majority of my runs are on pavement and I regularly compete in road marathons and other races. Trail running is a secret passion of mine. It doesn't really make you faster for road races, but it can distract your brain during long training runs. In the past month, I have run many of my runs on trails.
I only run on trails during the day for safety reasons, which means only on the weekends. Here are the trail runs that have done since Twin Cities in October:
- Birds Hill - Big Bluestem Trail
- Assiniboine Forest and Harte Trail
- Fat Ass Frosty Beaver Trail Half Marathon
- Trails at Victoria Beach
- McBeth Park
- Bunn's Creek
One more thing before I go: I have been listening to this audiobook while running.
This book contains insight into the lives of those who are getting close to breaking the 2 hour barrier for the marathon. I'm obviously not a two hour marathoner, not even close. I still find this book to be exciting and motivating. I would definitely recommend it!