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2019 #ScotiaHalf Training Program

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Before we get started…let’s meet the Coach!

Coach Carey Nelson has made a name for himself as one of Canada’s most distinguished long distance runners with personal best times of 2:12 Marathon, 1:03 Half Marathon, 28:04 10,000m, 13:29 5,000m, and 3:58 Mile. He is a two-time Olympian and has also competed in the Pan-Am Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the World Track and Field Championships. Carey leads the Forerunners Main Street running clinics.  He has coached over 1000 half and full marathon runners and more than 100 Boston Marathon qualifiers…he will help you reach your goals.  Visit him at Forerunners Main Street for Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning clinics.

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Happy New Year!

It’s time to set your goals for 2019. You will want to add the Scotia Half Marathon to your list of races this year. I ran the race last year and found the course quite fast as it started up at UBC and finished down at the entrance to Stanley Park. If you pace yourself in the first quarter of the race you can run quite fast on this course.

Forerunners running programs has brought many runners to the race over the past 20 years and once again, we have prepared a running schedule to get you ready to run a half marathon…whether your goal is to get a PB or just hit that finish line.

The first of our programs (The Finishers Training) was designed for those of you running your First Half Marathon or have a goal to finish the race. There are two easy pace runs and one speed work per week. If you want to run with others to help get you through the workouts, we host a Wednesday “Speed Interval” clinic at 6:20pm and a Saturday “Easy Pace” run at 8:00am. You don’t have to worry about the word speed as we have several pace groups and you can run at your own pace.

Our second program (The Run Faster Training) was designed with crushing your Personal Best and building up your speed throughout the 24 week schedule. We include event specific half marathon tempo workouts that will raise your fitness to the next level. We also offer a separate Monday evening Tempo Clinic starting at 6:15pm from Forerunners Main Street. The tempo workouts is where you will find the most improvement after you have established your aerobic endurance base through easy pace running.

Over the 24 week training program, I recommend that you run up to three shorter distance races to give you some race experience, secondary goals to keep you focused and your race results will give you an idea of how fast you can race the #ScotiaHalf by equivalency tables. For example, a 54 minute 10km is equivalent to a 2 hour half marathon.

In general, we follow a three run per week program to reduce the risk of injury but there are other factors to consider when starting out on a running program to help with injury prevention:

  1. Footwear – you will want to have a proper fitting shoe that corresponds to your foot type and running style;

  2. Strength – follow a weekly strength program that considers the running muscle groups and core;

  3. Flexibility – to improve flexibility stretch after every run or after a warm-up before a speed workout; and,

  4. Nutrition – practice using a gel fuel source while running to become used to taking on carbohydrates while running.

We wish you a good start to the new year and a successful race at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. We are here to help you achieve your goals!

Photo credit: Inge Johnson/Canada Running Series

Dayna Pidhoresky Leads Impressive Field for Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k

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Photo credit: Inge Johnson/Canada Running Series

by Paul Gains

Injury free for nearly two years now, Dayna Pidhoresky has been enjoying an unprecedented block of consistent training and is raring to go at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k on June 24th, a Canada Running Series event.

“I want to win for sure,” the 31 year-old Vancouver resident says of her goals. “Time-wise it depends on the day. If I am feeling good then maybe I can really push it a little bit more. I think the main thing is to get some Canada Running Series (CRS) points and try to win.

“Last year I ran really slow there because I was in my marathon recovery phase, so I am in need of a little bit of redemption. I am familiar with the course now and I know the second half can be harder coming off a pretty long downhill section. I think Natasha (Wodak) is doing it so it will be good if she ends up racing –  I am ready to put up a fight.”

She laughs at her last comment knowing that Wodak registered a fine 5th place finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and remains the Canadian 10,000m record holder at 31:41.59. 

At the same time Pidhoresky has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2018 season. In March she won the Around The Bay 30k Road Race in Hamilton, scored a personal best 10k when she finished 5th in the Vancouver Sun Run and then claimed the silver medal at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Calgary. Toronto’s Sasha Gollish was the victor that day.

“So far I have been very consistent,” Pidhoresky declares. “I haven’t had that special race that I have been wanting where everything kind of shines, but I have put in a lot of solid races. The main thing is I have been healthy – no injuries at all for going on two years.”

During the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon she suffered a painful sacral fracture that crushed her physically and emotionally. Yet she battled back seven months later to run a personal best marathon of 2:36:08 in Ottawa. That performance has led to selection for the Canadian team at the 2017 World Championships marathon in London, and suggestions that she is destined to follow Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene into the ranks of top international class marathoning.

The men’s field features Lethbridge’s Kip Kangogo who last year won this race for the sixth time, and former Canadian international Rob Watson, of Vancouver. To view the complete elite field for the 2018 Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5k, please click here.

Kangogo was 4th in the half marathon at the Vancouver Marathon festival in early May, then three weeks later, finished 2nd at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Calgary. Despite his advanced years – he will be 39 next month – the Kenyan born Canadian citizen never fails to turn up ready to do battle, and perhaps feels he owns this race.

Watson ran 2:13:29 at the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and once claimed to have retired. Yet his ‘fun running’ has left him in fairly good condition. Despite extensive coaching duties with the Mile2Marathon group, he has returned to serious training to win the Vancouver Marathon last month. He also finished 5th in the Vancouver Sun Run in a very good 30:01. On such evidence this certainly promises to be a competitive race.

The picturesque course starts on the grounds of the University of British Columbia and traces the Pacific Ocean shoreline through Point Grey and Kitsilano to Stanley Park. With turns, some hills and the challenging climb over Burrard Bridge at 18km the event records are quite extraordinary. Lioudmila Kortchaguina set the women’s record of 70:50 in 2003 while Kenya’s Patrick Nthwia ran 63:10 in 2007 to establish the men’s standard.

The top Canadian man and woman will each receive $1,500 as well as 45 CRS points which count toward the overall title and the accompanying $3,000 awarded to title winners.

For further information and last-minute entries, see www.scotiahalf.ca.

 

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