Louis Louis, oh baby, I said we gotta go
It’s been over two months since my last post and for good reason, I’ve been busy. Well the first few weeks were just recovering and catching up with house stuff I put off before Rio but the last month has been quite the ride!
One month ago today Marie gave birth to our son Louis! Just so you know, Louis is pronounced Louie (not Lewis). When he was born he had fluid in his lungs and was put on cpap for 24 hours which meant he needed to be monitored for a while. He recovered well but we still had to stay in the hospital for almost a week. Louis is healthy and has already taken in two XC meets this fall.
And just to make sure we’re on our toes we got a puppy. People think we’re crazy that we’re doing it all at once, but I correct them, Marie is crazy. She was the one pushing for a dog.
After Rio I took 10 days completely off and then very easy running for 11 days. Training has been going fairly well lately. Lots of volume (831km in October with one day to go), good workouts and getting my lower back sorted out a little more each week. I still have the lingering problem from March but it seems as though it affects me less each week.
It’s been nice to get back to the basics as I felt under the gun and playing catch-up before Rio. Taking the time to go through all the phases of a build-up has been refreshing and hopefully will pay off.
I’m training for a marathon but don’t have any flights booked yet. I was hoping by the time I got around to writing this blog that everything would be in place and I would announce a certain marathon. Maybe I could have waited to write a blog when my marathon plans were set but I found a little window of time today so this is all I can say now.
Edit: It’s 5:30am and I’m up with Louis. Looks as though the start list for Fukuoka was just announced and I’m on it. I can tell you my training isn’t at the same level as my best build-ups but with five weeks to go I can still make some progress. Official start list.
A couple of weeks ago I paced Eric at STWM. Going into the race I was thinking I would maybe go 25km but once I thought about 25km at 3:05/km at that point in my training I knew that if I got to half it would be a big day. Unfortunately it was really humid that day and it bogged everyone down. Eric was in great shape, he kept it rolling after Rio but the weather that day proved to be too tough for a legit shot at the Canadian record. After 18km it started to get pretty tough for me and I thought if I went to 21.1km that I would have had to go into the red. I ended up pacing for 20km and left Eric with three other pacers. Turned out two of those pacers didn’t go much further than me and the last didn’t even make 30km. Eric ran 2:13:42 for 5th place.
Juggling training and taking care of a newborn has it’s challenges. Last night I was walking Louis down the block at 1am to get him to sleep. It worked like a charm and I got a decent sleep after that. Many mornings I simply sleep in to make up hours I lost in the night and get my run going late morning. The last two weeks have been over 200km so I need all the sleep I can get right now. Not having much on my plate other than parenting and running is only way I could make high-end marathon training work.
Just like after 2012 I didn’t get carded (Sport Canada funding). In 2012 I felt I should have been carded, appealed and lost the appeal. The appeal process was basically me saying that my 2:10:55 from 2011 was deserving of funding and another coach saying that I was over the hill and his athlete deserved to be carded. I never got carded after 2:11:24 in 2013 either but I did get funding leading up to Rio after Berlin last year.
However this year my 2:10:28 from Berlin (Sept 27, 2015) was outside the window (Oct 1, 2015 – Oct 16, 2016) by four day so I didn’t expect to get carded. That window seems short to me given the nature of the marathon. I had one marathon in that window and it was the Olympics. I also could have finished in the top 20 at the Olympics to get into the carding pool but I missed that by 3 spots. I’m not complaining about missing out on carding, just sucks I was so close on two fronts. Carding is a great program Canada offers athletes and although there are some flaws I can’t complain as it has helped me immensely over the years.
Last month I was inducted into the University of Guelph Hall of Fame. It was cool to be recognized and the induction ceremony was a nice affair.
Next Saturday I’m going to race the 10km at Hamilton Road2Hope marathon weekend. It will be good to break up training and get in a solid effort. The 10km course is flat and is only one loop now. It will be a good indicator to see how my training is going. I’ve added in some more interval sessions in the past month and even hit the track a few times for portions of my workouts.