Recently took the fitness out for a spin in Toronto for the National Marathon Championships and while fitness was good going through the first 10k split in 37 minutes with an average heart rate of 143, the back was just not ready for the longer effort.
Even with the DNF I am happy with the effort and the progress we've made. Since returning have made a few adjustments to strength moving from double leg squatting to single leg squats to engage more of the deep hip stabilizers.
Having reduced pace early in the marathon knowing the back was not ready allowed me the opportunity to return home able to resume training. The focus now will be on XC running season and the upcoming Nordic season with strength / tempo combo workouts for running and strength / short interval combo workouts for roller ski workouts.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!