Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pacing the Mississauga Marathon .. Training done tapering for Sulphur Springs 100 miler

Mississauga Marathon
This time it was a much different marathon for me as I was not race and not training (okay a little) but for me the main focus was pacing my better half to a new marathon PB, hopefully.

I have to say I was somewhat nervous about this but I was also looking forward to it. I don't get to run with Kim very often so that was going to be fun. I have paced Kim in shorter races but this would be for a very long time and also at a slower pace.

Kim ended up running great and PBed by 39 minutes finishing in 5:21. It was not easy as she hit the wall in the early 30ks but toughed it out. I also learned that trying to run slower then your body wants to go is much more difficult then you might think.

Training done into the taper
With Mississauga done I managed to come through the hardest part of my training for Sulphur Springs which included 2 marathons and 2 50k trail races over the last 6 weeks. No major injures as far as I can tell.

I began a slight taper last week dropping my mileage down to 100k. This week I scaled back to around 75k and next week will do two very short runs just to keep the legs moving.

Everything seems to be lining up well for the 100 miler. I am really not sure what to expect from my body on race day as I have never attempted anything this long before but I guess I will find out soon enough.


  1. Congrats to Kim on her PB!
    Good job pacing and holding back...and wow, 100 miles, that's a lot!

  2. Great job Kim. Great job Chris - pacing is tough and with a lot of pressure.

  3. Excellent job at pacing! You're right - it's difficult to run at a slower than comfortable pace. Uses different muscles (or at least uses the same ones differently). Sounds like you've trained very well for your 100 miler. Good luck! Can't wait to read the report!

  4. Well done with the PR! You are definitely ready for the 100 miler. Good luck with the taper.

  5. Good for you. Pacing is much tougher than most people think when there is a disparity in speed.

  6. Congrats to Kim on her marathon. There ain't such things as easy marathons.

    See you Saturday. I'm a bit jealous and parts of me wishes I were running the 100 miler as well. I guess 50 will have to do. Looks like it might be a hot one. That could make things even more interesting.

  7. Nice pacing job - you might watch out - everyone will enlist you to pace them to their PB now!!! Rest well and best of luck to you next week!

  8. congrats to Kim & best of luck for the 100 - you will do well, you are well prepared.

  9. Being a pacer is very nice of you to help some one else out, especially to get a PB. Congrats Kim! As far as a 100 miler goes......Wow. I can not even fathom that. Well, a year ago, I could not imagine myself running 10 miles at a time let alone the 1 I was huffing through. lol. Best wishes on that and your tapering. Keep Running!

  10. Hi Chris,
    Wow, it would be so nice to have a nice personal pacer! Woo hoo for Kim's 39 minute PR! I can see how it would be very difficult to run slower than what you are used to.

    I am just in awe of anyone who will even attempt to do a 100 mile Ultra:) Rock Star is what I say!! I am sure that you will do fantastic:)

  11. Hi Chris! Congrats to Kim! And kudos to YOU for being a pacer! You pacers are a gift!


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