It’s just 63 days until the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon now and the training continues to go well.

This week was a step-back week in my training program. That means that rather than continuing to build on the mileage for the long Sunday run, this week featured a shorter run than the last few.

With just 19km on the schedule, these step-back weeks provide a chance to rest up and recover a bit before the next push that will take me into the 29km and 32km runs.

I usually work in a full week of easier runs on step-back weeks. I took it a bit slower on Tuesday, still ran the hills on Wednesday and then ran just some real steady pace miles on Thursday and Saturday.

The run today wasn’t easy as the route included Mt. Pleasant which is a bit of a grinder of a hill. With an overall average pace of 5:35/km, this was one of my slowest Sunday runs so far.