Taper Time!

Well, it’s that time…time to taper! Many struggle with this stage of the training. It’s hard to adjust to changes in your diet and mileage but it’s necessary. I finished an easy 100 km week and feel good. I’m getting some work (massage, etc) done on my leg (shin/calf) but it should be ok.Typically in the week leading up to …

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Silvia Ruegger

(Photo: Kaz Novak, Hamilton Spectator).Today was the first slow day since all the buzz from the ATB race. Getting into a marathon last minute, to try to make the Olympic standard, is quite the experience yet consuming! My week couldn’t have ended any better; the news of Rotterdam, a steady 40 km long run w/ friends (total highest mileage of …

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Rotterdam …. so exciting!

Well, much has happened in the past week. After last week’s 1:47:03 at Hamilton’s Around the Bay Race, coach Rick and I had one of those, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” conversations. And, after nearly a week of numerous phone calls and email messages with Athletics Canada and several marathon elite coordinators, I was accepted into the Rotterdam Marathon. …

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Smiles and What’s Next?

Well, since Sunday’s breakthrough race, coach Rick and I have changed the spring plans. Because of my strong race and time, and so-far-so-great season of amazing training, 4/4 PR’s this year, marathon experience (I have done 7) and no injuries, we think a shot at the Cdn standard for London 2012 is worth a go. BUT, the hardest part is …

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Around the Bay 30 km … wow!

(Josie Mannen photo)Well, I sure surprised myself today. The plan was to run 3:40/km (goal marathon pace)…I ended up averaging 3:34/km, which got me 1:47:03 (59 seconds from the course record) and first female overall. What a thrill!Dayna Pidhoresky raced today and I fully expected her to win. We ran the first 11 km or so together and I was …

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Mixed Emotions

Pictures:1. A wonderful friend of mine, Marianne. We ran against each other in highschool and lived together while students at the University of Guelph. At one point we ran cross country together but full-time studies, playing hockey, and having a sick mom was too much for me.2. Seth is turning 4 this week. He just started hockey. Gotta love the …

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Feeling Fit. Feeling Fine.

Well, the Around the Bay 30 km race is one week away!I did another highest-mileage-yet week, finishing w/ an easy 37 km run Saturday (averaged a bit less than 4:45/km…I didn’t always stop my watch during breaks), totaling 150 km (I totally felt like I could run longer than 37 km but part of running requires discipline to do less, …

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My March Madness

March is quite a busy month. Three out of five in our family have birthdays (Jonathan, Seth and Leah) and it’s a solid training month for me (with 2 races). I’m consistently getting my mileage up and workouts faster. Here’s what I emailed coaches Rick and Nicole this a.m. So, at 5:45 am I ran to the Gretzky indoor track …

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A bit more on Recovery and a GREAT 40 km long run

I blogged about this in the past but because it’s so important, I’ll do it again. 1. AMP PRO2After all of my hard runs, I wear myAMP PRO2 Recovery gear, which “promotes healing and reduces recovery time. AMP PRO2 utilizes compression technology and a revolutionary responsive fiber that is infused with 13 natural minerals, resulting in improved oxygenated blood flow, …

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Recovering

Here’s a fun picture taken after Sunday’s race. These 3 fellas admitted that they were trying to catch me at the end but I was too strong. That is definitely something you want to hear!Recovery (Emend, stretching, epsom salt baths) has been great since Sunday. For some strange reason, I love training the day after a race. I swam 2 …

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