The sunny beaches of P.E.I. look fantastic in the summer. My wife snapped this great shot a few years ago during one of our many visits to da Island. Symbolically, I wonder how they will appear in October, in the cool fall atmosphere, moments before the P.E.I. marathon kicks off.
A question for another day!
This week’s update comes on the eve of a small accomplishment. With just two weekend runs remaining, the first mini goal of the training program is almost complete – four weeks of progressing to the baseline of the Pfitzner 18/55 training plan for the P.E.I. Marathon.
There are a number of stages in the complete plan, with the next six weeks dedicated to endurance building. Long runs in this stage peak at 26 k and there is even a mid-week ‘medium long run’ that hits 16k at one point. Longer efforts are in store in the subsequent stages but this stage essentially builds your stamina on top of the blocks achieved in the preliminary round.
This week’s runs have included a tempo effort, with 4k at 5:00/per km pace as part of a 10k run, then a 6k recovery at 6:39/per km and a 12k general aerobic run Thursday at 6:21/per km.
On the weekend, I have an 18k long run planned for Father’s Day! No sleep in but I should be able to hit more than 50k for the week in five outings.
There is big news in the house this week, though. My lovely and talented wife is also going to run in P.E.I., as she is taking on the challenge of running the half marathon in and around Charlottetown. She is making great progress and is combining her efforts in the gym with running. It has already made a big difference as earlier this year, she knocked almost seven minutes off her 5k time from 1999!
This is what she wrote in her column this week: “Running a half marathon has always been on my bucket list, and I’ve got a ‘significant’ birthday coming up this year. It’s the perfect time to do something scary and challenging.”
Awesome, I say.
Seems no shortage of marathon topics to read and watch as many have just started or are about to start their summer training for October marathons. On YouTube, one interesting topic was a screening this week of Spirit of the Marathon II in the U.S., a documentary on a number of runners at last year’s Rome Marathon. It looks fantastic and the trailer can be seen here.
This weekend, of course, many Dads will get crazy ties, gift certificates for the golf course and lots of special attention. I really can’t wait to see what the girls have in store. It is also a time of reflection though, one in memory of my father Jack. I wrote a piece after he died and I find myself reading it once in a while. From time to time, I find this story is a great reminder of days gone by. I have a photo of him and I at the end of the 2000 Confederation Bridge run. He showed up to see what all the fuss was about and was there when I finished the 14k trek. I’ll try to track that down.
Have a great weekend.