Great work on everyone's peak weeks. We're not fully done yet. We have our last week of mileage, and the rest is maintenance. At this point, you should really be listening to your body. If you can't make a workout or feel something weird, don't stress about it. Rest is more important than injury. And let us know if anything feels weird or you have any weird thoughts. We've all been there. 

This weekend, we're doing the second half of the Scotiabank marathon. The first half is pretty much a giant party, and I really don't want to spoil it for you by running the route. Feel free to run it on your own, but I'm leaving that day as a surprise for you.

The second half is one of the more daunting races I've ever run,the East end of Toronto is really quiet, and you will have to dial into your own silent thoughts with no audience.

Here's the actual map of the race

http://www.racepoint.ca/map/v3/stwm.html

Attached is the rough map, with the water stations located. As you can see, they're rather spread out. Pace your gels in those spots. It's always better to over-intake your gels, rather than under, because the last thing you want is to be recovering from a wall.

Water stations will happen roughly every 5km. On the Long Route Map provided, wherever you see my cat's face is where a water station will be. We'll go through this in the run itself.

The other thing to note from this course, is that the out and back up Bayview is now switched up to before you head out to the East end, as opposed to going to the East end and having to do that out and back. It's a much friendlier ending to the race coming from the East end and going straight up Bay to the Glorious Finish of The Marathon.

The short route will do the same map, except will not go out to the East end after Bayview at 12km on the map. This is where we will split off.

I will do the first half with everyone running slowly, up until that point and I will continue on with the long group. If you feel like going ahead, please know the route.

Short - 17km

  • Academy
  • Queen
  • Shaw
  • Adelaide
  • Bathurst
  • Lakeshore
  • Bay
  • Queen's Quay (waterfront)

--- Here's where it's tricky ——

  • Cherry
  • Mill Street
  • East end of Corktown Common (the actual race is up Bayview - we can't run there)
  • Don Valley Trail
  • Riverdale Park - turn around
  • Back to Corktown Common
  • Mill Street
  • Cherry Street
  • Eastern
  • Front
  • Bay --- Race finish is at City Hall
  • Queen
  • Home

Long 32km

  • Academy
  • Queen
  • Shaw
  • Adelaide
  • Bathurst
  • Lakeshore
  • Bay
  • Queen's Quay (waterfront)

--- Here's where it's tricky ----

  • Cherry
  • Mill Street
  • East end of Corktown Common (the actual race is up Bayview - we can't run there)
  • Don Valley Trail
  • Riverdale Park - turn around
  • Back to Corktown Common
  • Mill Street
  • Cherry Street
  • King
  • Queen
  • Carlaw
  • Lakeshore
  • Woodbine
  • Queen
  • Beech
  • Turn around
  • Queen  --- (in the race, Eastern is opened up and you take that to Carlaw. It's a highway, so we might die)
  • Woodbine
  • Lakeshore
  • Carlaw
  • Queen
  • King
  • Cherry
  • Front
  • Bay --- Race finish is at City Hall
  • Queen
  • Home

Remember to fuel, by time on feet, not distance. Gel every 45 minutes. This is one of your last major runs. Be easy on your feet and get to know the course because you're going to look absolutely fabulous killing it!

Respect.

xo,

Hawaii

STWM Route Map

 

 

 

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