The past few years I have become increasingly more serious about the time I devout to running. But its also been something I’ve done solo. I guess I’ve never really felt the need to seek support from a professional. All this to say that maybe I’ve somewhat become complacent with my goals and its probably time I push myself out of my comfort zone.
So I spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a coach/training plan that would help get me to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October prepared and confident. This proved to be a somewhat difficult task as I just couldn’t seem to find anything that seemed like the right fit. Begin panic mode! But when all else fails, your local running store is always there. Enter Roger at the Running Room. Its been one week of training in his marathon clinic and I already know he will get me to my goal (it’s clear that anything else is just not an option). Panic mode averted!
I wasn’t able to follow week 1 of my training plan to the letter. I had previously committed to run the Barrie Half Marathon and scheduled an “easy” week to prepare. Saturday was my last LSD at 10 miles, with some cross training Sunday and Monday for “rest” and a 3.5 mile tempo run on Tuesday. Wednesday was an actual rest day (these are always hard but I knew I needed it). Thursday was my first night with Roger and I soon learned that he means business! We worked on some speed testing to gauge my pace and I ran some of my fastest times ever. I left feeling highly motivated that this is exactly what I needed…someone to push me out of my comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment. Also left not being able to feel my legs but whatever! This made Friday another true rest day to recover and hydrate for Saturday’s half. Saturday was the first day of summer and I can’t think of a better way to spend the morning. The weather was beautiful and the course was awesome (race review coming soon).
Somehow I managed to see my coach twice while I was racing on Saturday. The last time was about a quarter mile from the finish line. A big thumbs up and “you’re making this look easy” is what drove me through the last little bit. Thanks Roger! Taking some recovery time today and excited for week two!