Marathon Clinic News and Fall Racing Plans

Starting Tuesday, I’ll be leading the marathon clinic at the new Canary District Running Room in Toronto.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now, but the timing never seemed right. Probably the biggest change is that the kids are more independent now, meaning I can afford a weeknight to run without as much family impact.

I’ve always enjoyed helping runners get into the marathon. I’ve done enough now that I feel confident that my experiences are worth sharing. My time as a member of Team Awesome for the Ottawa Marathon has helped me get more comfortable with that role.

Taking on the challenge of clinic instructor gives me a nice push to go for it in the fall and get on board with another 42.2km in October.

Fall marathon plans

Assuming all goes well, I’ll be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2016. I’ve run two full marathons in my home city–the Goodlife once, and the STWM once. I’m super excited to run this one again as it was a great race for me a few years back.

As one of two IAAF Gold Label marathons in Canada (Ottawa being the other), I know it’ll be a well-run event with a great course and lots of people out to cheer.

I’ve been considering running a fall marathon after the disappointment of the hot Ottawa Marathon day when I didn’t get the payoff for all the training I did over the winter and spring. I’ve also been thinking about switching over to fall marathons to take advantage of the cooler weather on race day.

I like the winter training, and generally dislike running in the heat of summer so this will present a bit of a challenge for me. I’m hoping that training in the heat and racing in cooler weather will be an advantage.

Follow along!

I’ll be keeping up with the blogging over the summer and into the fall, sharing some of the Clinic learnings and generally motivating runners training for a mid-October marathon. Do follow along if that’s your plan!

Of course, if you are in the Toronto area (either downtown or the south-east end) and are looking for a marathon training clinic or running group, come down to the Canary District Running Room. Clinic night is Tuesday (6pm start) and we’ll also have the usual free group runs on Wednesday evening and Sunday mornings.