Friday, May 3, 2013
Race Preview: Toronto Marathon 2013
My Marathon History
I've yet to get it right.
2008 Toronto Marathon was my first ever marathon. Goal was to finish, I finished, 3h56. It was all very exciting at the time, but faded badly by the end.
2010 Toronto Marathon was my second ever marathon. Goal was 3h35, but I fell apart at the end (again) and rolled in at 3h44 - pretty disappointing.
Then I did the 2011 NYC Marathon, where I ended up with a knee injury causing me to limp to the end. 3h55, ouch.
I spent 2012 working out what caused my injury (hip rotation issue) and spent the year sucking, but adapted to a new running style that has really worked for me.
2013... here we go!
2013 Goal and Preparation
Goal pace is 5:05/km for a 3h35 finish.
This year I followed the 3h35 Furhman "FIRST" plan. I have stuck to it nearly 100% and things have felt great.
The plan was tough. An interval session, tempo run, and a long run every week. Intensity on every run, intensity on all the cross-training. Hammer hammer hammer. Even the long runs gradually sped up, to within about 10s/km of target marathon pace by the end of the plan. It was relentless, but I enjoyed it more than I dreaded it (generally).
Injuries - none! Nagging pains - none! With all that speedwork, I figured I'd be in trouble, but no problems.
I also did Around the Bay (30km) this year, which went well. Managed a 5:01/km pace on a much tougher course... so the only question in my mind is how I hang in there for that extra 12.2km!
It's changed since I did this race last back in 2010 - the last 2-3km used to be a gradual uphill, now it's flat. That can't hurt!