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The Return of Faster?

The Return of Faster?

About 5 months ago I stopped trying to run fast. I know, I know, my handle is ‘runfastersarah’…¬†Ironic, right? But I think I might be able to live up to my ‘name’ again these days! Let me tell you why… Late last year I hired a very expensive new coach. I’d just come out of … Continue reading

Time to Taper

Time to Taper

With two weeks to race day, my major quality workouts are now behind me. The last, my run yesterday, was better than awesome. It was my 3rd of three marathon-paced training sessions… I got to run 24km at my marathon race pace. My coach asked me to run it progressively, with a 5:10/km for the … Continue reading

Why I Run

Why I Run

I was both excited for and dreading yesterday’s ‘M’ (marathon) pace run all at once. Excited for it because here was another chance to mimic race day and feel the pace I’ll need to hold for 42.2km. Dreading it because I already knew that holding that pace is tough, and what if I couldn’t even … Continue reading

One Hundred Forty Kilometres (140km)

One Hundred Forty Kilometres (140km)

In one week. When I first set out on this journey I’ll admit I arbitrarily landed on the number 140 as my maximum weekly mileage after reading a few books and analyzing¬†the numbers (outlined here). I pegged myself as highly competitive (competitive against myself, that is – just to be clear!!!), therefore needing a max … Continue reading

Easy vs Hard

I was reminded of the importance of speed workouts in Sunday’s race, the 8km Steveston Icebreaker. It may have been a PB had the wind not been so violently strong between kilometres 2 and 4, but alas, the wind really was unrelenting, so no PB for me. I ran the same course 6 seconds faster … Continue reading