As is the tradition, I’m writing a post a couple of days prior to the BMO Vancouver Marathon as we fly out from Toronto.

The flight provides a good opportunity to take some time to write up some thoughts about how training went and also to look ahead to the race itself.

Just like last year, the weather wasn’t great in Toronto today as we flew out. Unlike last year, it’s an Air Canada flight instead of WestJet and I have Ginny with me for the trip. The weather in Vancouver looks good, with sunny skies and warmish temps for the whole weekend.

Race day looks to be sunny with temperatures between about 10ºC and maybe as high as 18ºC by the time I finish. That’s a wee bit warmer than I prefer, but the seawall section is generally shady and it’s always a bit cooler along the waterfront as well.

Looking back, thinking ahead

Training went really, really well. I avoided injury through out and missed very little training. All four months were over 200km and I’ll have run a total of 900km after the short shakedown run tomorrow.

My long runs went really well, including a 30km treadmill run that was a solid test of my mental game. The 29km run in Naples, FL in the heat was also a big test and while I faded at the end, considering the conditions, it was a great run too.

I ran all of the hill workouts (save one when we were in Florida and there weren’t any hills) including the 10 x hills monster workout.

Race expectations

It’s been a good while since I’ve had a good marathon. My 3:36:01 in Ottawa in 2015 was the last one I ran from start to finish. Generally that lack of a good race has come down to hot weather on race day and the rib injury last fall.

The weather is looking good for Sunday and with a solid 18 weeks of training under my belt, I feel like I should be able to run a good marathon this time around. My PB is probably out of the question, but I would like to beat my course record of 3:48 if I can.

Like last year, I’ll probably run with the 3:40 group and go from there. My “A” goal is to beat 3:48. My “B” goal is to run the whole 42.195km. And my “C” goal is to just have an enjoyable race on my favourite course in my favourite city.