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The cool thing about blogging is that I am able to look back and see how much Corona I drink my training leading up to past races. So, because I have been so lackadaisical with my training for Skagit, I thought I should check back to last year to see what I was doing during the last big week before the taper, which is this week, now. Here’s the Mileage Monday post from that week here, but to summarize, I believe I logged nearly 90 miles, with my long run hitting 22 miles and my mid-week tempo run keeping in and around the 6:55 min/mile pace for 9 miles.

Last September I ran Skagit in 3:06-and change and then this past June I ran Seattle RnR in the same time, except Skagit is flat, and Seattle is hilly. So you’d think I’d be able to take some time off of last year’s Skagit time, but… I hurt my back after Seattle and I’ve dropped my mileage by about 20% and sliced off 90% of my tempo and speed workouts.

This is boring, isn’t it. This is the Prime Minister of Canada:


Okay so anyway, given all the pros and cons leading up to where I am now, my best guess is that I could on a good day nail this son of a bitch in about 3:03. You may think 3 minutes is no thing but a chicken wing but I’m telling you, taking 3 minutes off a 3 hour marathon is excruciating. Speaking of chicken wings, I love Chris Farley, and if he was still alive, I’d vote for him to be our Prime Minister. I love him so much.


Lora and I were supposed to run together this morning but when she headed out here she got stuck on the freeway and had to turn around, so I ran alone for 6 miles. It was SO LAME. Later on while Callum napped (I need to wake him up soon!) I hit the treadmill for the classic Hanson’s workout of 2×3 miles at 6:40 min/mile pace. I was supposed to recover for a mile between sets but I only did one 800m recovery. It was SO HOT in the garage. Kinda borderline dangerous but…..I feel a little more confident about this upcoming race.

Time for some Corona and chicken wings!

Do you ever compare training from year to year and freak out? Or does seeing the difference give you confidence?

Favourite Chris Farley movie/SNL skit or quote?

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  • Lisa @ Running Out of Wine August 23, 2016, 5:06 pm

    I always try to do that as I get close to a race but there are so many factors involved that it’s pretty much impossible to really compare. I think 3 minutes off a marathon time as fast as yours sounds really hard, but this lower mileage could really work in your favor.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 23, 2016, 5:14 pm

      I’m hoping it will, Lisa. I’m hoping it will.

  • Amy Lauren August 23, 2016, 6:56 pm

    I believe in you and that you can do it. I think the lower mileage and recovery period will probably help since your Seattle marathon was so recent. I can’t even imagine how hilly that course would be in Seattle. I was getting winded walking up a few hills, although Charleston is pancake flat. I would not want to run any race there…

    I believe running 6-7 miles on an easy day alone is the hardest workout ever. That was me this morning. In fact, the only thing harder than a solitary easy run is a solitary easy run that was supposed to be with a training partner who couldn’t make it (as was the case with me yesterday). After doing some of those solitary workouts, racing with other people is like a treat…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 23, 2016, 7:19 pm

      Okay, whoa. You just put it down in a way that makes so much sense to me. I think we are affected by outside influences way more than we ever realize! I KNOW I would have done those 6 miles way faster if I was with Lora OR if I never expected to run it with her in the first place. Humanity is so weird!!!!!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes August 23, 2016, 9:05 pm

    Like Amy and Lisa, I really believe lower mileage will benefit you for Skagit. In the most recent Runner’s Connect podcast, they talked about doing the least amount of training you need to specifically prepare for your goals.
    I don’t really compare data from training to training cycle. There are so many external factors to consider and I’m still finding the best methods that work for me. I still keep detailed training logs just in case a plan worked well for me. I like to analyze my training after a race.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:28 pm

      You said “logs.”

  • Steve August 23, 2016, 9:13 pm

    I’m too disorganized to actually have the gumption to compare stuff from year to year but I’m smart enough to know I’ve lost a step or two in the past few years. Favourite Farley skit on SNL was with him and Adam Sandler. “please, for the love of God, let the boy give your grandmother a bath!!!” Fucking hysterical.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:28 pm

      YES! And when Adam Sandler shouts “GIVE ME CANCER NOW GOD!!!”

  • Helly August 23, 2016, 9:27 pm

    Helly likey. Helly want wingy.

    Favorite effing movie.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:27 pm

      AHHH YAYAHHHH!!! I forgot how much you love Tommy Boy!!!!! WOOHOOOO! Sisterfriends forever!

  • Stacie August 23, 2016, 10:15 pm

    I compare. It lifts me up or crushes me down. It’s the same drip of self-love, self-loath that bouncing on and off the scale 82 times a day used to give me. One can only imagine how much weight can be lost through drying ones hair!

    Im headed home now.. to my van.. down by the river πŸ˜‰

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:27 pm

      Okay so now I am really curious how much I weigh with wet and straight hair! Ha ha ha! I’m glad you don’t compulsively weigh yourself anymore. That only sounds fun if you have a martini bar in your bathroom.

  • Amanda August 24, 2016, 1:07 am

    Love me some Chris Farley! Tommy Boy all day every day!

    P.S. The mileage you log every week amazes me and inspires me. I read your blog every morning at 4am while I’m having my coffee before heading out on my run πŸ™‚

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:26 pm

      Hi Amanda! You are making my blush huge with your comment! It always surprises me that little old me could ever inspire someone. I think it’s cool how we are able to pass our hard work and inspiration along like dominoes. See? You inspired ME by telling me you wake up at FOUR IN THE MORNING. I wouldn’t just have a coffee before heading out for my run, I’d inject it into my bloodstream!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe August 24, 2016, 3:50 am

    Good ole CF. So many drugs. But rather hilarious. The Nino.
    I can’t really compare any of my training cycles–they’ve been so different. But I can usually count on a week off somewhere in the middle due to a soft tissue something, and likely a trip to PT somewhere in there as well!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:24 pm

      Yeah, I’m sad that he was on so many drugs. I HATE DRUGS. Drugs lie and steal and destroy lives.

  • Sam August 24, 2016, 6:31 am

    It’s been 2 years and a few injuries since my last marathon so I’m trying really hard not to compare my training. Also, it’s my first time using Hanson’s so I don’t totally know what to expect – I hope it works! Good luck at Skagit this year πŸ™‚

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 9:26 am

      Hanson’s is great, but TOUGH. Let me know how it goes!

  • Corry August 24, 2016, 6:36 am

    The Chippendale sketch with Patrick Swayze and a van down by the river. Never really saw any of his movies.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 9:26 am

      Oh you NEED to see Tommy Boy (my favourite) and Black Sheep (runner up). Don’t bother with his other movies.

  • Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian August 24, 2016, 9:49 am

    I love looking back on things from previous years – whether it’s fitness related/training or other life things. It can really put things in perspective!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 24, 2016, 12:23 pm

      Well yeah, for sure! I love your positive attitude about it. Even if our training isn’t as great as it was last year, it still gives us that big picture perspective, right? That just as our training lessened over the months, so can it increase over the next training cycle. Perspective is everything!

  • Christina @ The Athletarian August 26, 2016, 6:01 pm

    I love the randomness of your post. Lol. A training update with a little Trudeau and Farley.

    I love comparing my training to previous years but right now I don’t know what the heck I’m doing with this ultra. I was following a training plan really closely, got sick, tried playing catch up…and now I’m here. A month out and scared shitless because I don’t know how in the world I’m going to run up a mountain.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 26, 2016, 6:07 pm

      If Farley was Canadian, I swear, I don’t even know if I could handle it.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 27, 2016, 2:35 pm

    Seriously that’s your Prime Minister. I’d vote for him based on purely shallow reasons.

    Tommy Boy. It’s a classic!

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