These are my official 2013 stats from DailyMile. Looking back on 2013 I’m amazed to see that I accomplished so much. I achieved every one of my goals, shattered personal records, and was healthier than ever.
- I ran over 2700km (almost 600km more than in 2012)
- Averaged over 50km of running per week
- Logged 270 workouts on DailyMile
- Set PB’s in the half marathon (2 times), 30k and marathon
2013 was an excellent year for me in general. Here’s to what awaits me in 2014. Training has already begun.
Wow, this year has really flown by. I can’t believe it’s mid-December already! It seems like only yesterday I was running in shorts and now I’m wearing three layers and shovelling the driveway. Anyway, as we get ready to say good-bye to 2013, I’d like to look ahead and share my 2014 race goals. Continue reading
I’ve never been so ready to run a race in my life than I was for the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. When I last ran the Scotia Half back in 2011, I had such a terrible experience (i.e. bag-gate) that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run it again. They must have listened to the complaints because this was one of the most organized races I’ve ever been a part of, and the changes to the course made it even more enjoyable. I’ve ran three races this year and set three new PBs, and with this race I was looking to make it four in a row. Here is my Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon 2013 report. Continue reading
What an incredible year 2013 has been for running. I’ve run further, had more fun and set PB’s at all three of my races. Tomorrow I’ll be aiming for another PB at the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon – my fourth and final race of the year. I feel really confident going into this race and right now I’m really anxious to get going. Continue reading
Want a fun and easy way to work some speed into your running? Try the 30-20-10 workout. It’s a great, very simple routine that helps you build up your speed if you’ve been away from running fast for a while. I started running the 30-20-10 last summer after reading an article on runnersworld.com. I sometimes refer to it as the “gear-shift” workout as it cycles though all of your training paces. I prefer to run this entirely by time instead of distance so I leave my Garmin at home and use my Timex stop watch for the intervals. Continue reading
This past May was the first time I’ve ever done proper carb loading before a race. I’ve always tried to eat more carbs in the days leading up to a race but I never had an actual plan to follow. This year, I figured if I was going to take 50 minutes off of last year’s marathon time I had to do it right. This year I would come up with a carb loading plan. Continue reading
The day had finally come! After 24 weeks of training, it was time for the 2013 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon. This was only my second full marathon, but I had pretty high expectations going into the Toronto Marathon. As far as training went, this year felt totally different than last year. What changed? Let me tell you. Continue reading
Next Sunday, May 5th, I’m going to be running the Goodlife Fitness 2013 Toronto Marathon. This will be my second full marathon and my third and final race of the spring. I am incredibly happy with the way my marathon training has been going this time around. I’ve done a lot of things differently this year, but I believe following Marathon Training Plan A from Jack Daniels’ Running Formula-2nd Edition has had the most impact. By following this program closely I’ve set two new PRs in the last two months: half marathon (1:41 at Chilly) and 30k (2:32 ATB). With no false modesty, this race should make it a perfect 3/3. I’ve come up with three goals for the race, all of which I believe are very attainable. Continue reading
It’s race report time! This was my second time running the Around the Bay Road Race and my second race of 2013. My last race, the Chilly Half Marathon, was a great success and this one was no different. I knew from my training that I was going to do well, but I had no idea that I’d do this well on a 30km run. Let’s get started. Continue reading
This was my second time running the Chilly Half Marathon and the first since transitioning to barefoot running. I was really excited to see just how far my running has come in the last year. I’ve been rocking all of my training runs in Vibram FiveFingers, logging more mileage and eating like a real athlete. Without further adieu, here is my 2013 Chilly Half Marathon race report. Continue reading