Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Training Recap Week #….8!?! A Post About Facing My Fears

As I type this post I am just now realising that every time I write a training recap I’m getting closer and closer to marathon race day.  It kind of reminds me of one of my favourite books from childhood:

Every time loveable, furry old Grover turns the page he gets closer to the Monster, and he gets more and more scared of the scary Monster:

monsteratendofbookss2 Gluing

Then when Grover finally gets to the end he realizes that he was scared of himself, and that things were not nearly as scary or as bad as he originally thought. In many many many ways marathon training (or training for any big scary event) is a lot like Grover and the Monster at the End of the Book.  The event is NEVER as scary as we make it out to be in our heads, and that the scariest part of the event is OURSELVES and our own reactions.  


I’m trying to keep this in mind as I prepare for race day but quite honestly it’s very hard to do.  At this point in time the ONLY thing I can do to make the event less scary is to concentrate on preparing properly for it.  Being scared, skipping runs and procrastinating will NOT help me to run the race well.  Which brings me to my training recap for this week:






Strength workout



Run 8k

Swam for 40 min


Strength workout

Rest (Had to work through lunch)


Run 8k

Ran 5.54 k at lunch



Ran 5.69 k at lunch



Went for an easy bike ride with my 7-year-old daughter


Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon

Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon


Essentially my whole training week got thrown for a loop when I realised that Iron Girl was on Sunday.  Because the race kind of snuck up on me  I didn’t have time to get scared or uptight about it. The night before the race I reviewed my race report from last year, looked up my finishing times, and came up with a game plan for the race. I mentally planned out in my head how I would swim, get ready for the bike in transition 1, then bike, then get ready to run in transition 2.  I knew that I wasted time last year because I was mentally unprepared. This year, I PREPARED FOR RACE DAY! Instead of being scared and anxious, I laid out all of my clothes, packed my swim, bike and run supplies and went to bed early – I woke up rested and ready to race.  All in all putting fear and instead preparing  paid off with a 6 minute improvement over last year!

This week I’ll have to keep the training momentum going and feed off of the happiness from Iron Girl. I’m heading into the final 6 hard weeks of marathon training, so I need to put the fear behind me and tackle my training runs (particularly my long runs) by preparing for them – laying out my clothes and mentally picturing where and how I will run.  


So here’s this week’s plan:

Monday: Easy strength train/recovery
Tuesday: 8k run
Wednesday: My strength coach is away this week leaving me to fend for myself so I’m gonna try the BodyShred class
Thursday: 8k run
Friday: BodyPump
Saturday: Long run 22k
Sunday: REST!

Have a great week guys and remember that fear is nothing more than an obstacle.


Question: Do you have fears?  How do you overcome your fears?

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  1. says

    I’m sure you will do great Janice… I do agree that preparing mentally is just as important as training physically:-)

    Our own fear is our worst enemy…

  2. says

    Ha, I couldn’t figure out what week I was on this week and gave up :)

    Love that book and the metaphor for the marathon! I’d say the main thing I learned from my marathon in the spring was that the race itself wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The truly difficult thing was the training!
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    • says

      I never remember either, I always have to go back and look at last week’s post :) I love races, and hate the training, it’s defintiely the scariest part of those whole process but I need to suck it up and just do it, but long runs are so much more enjoyable with 10,000 other runners.