Cinnamon’s Big BQ Adventure Log 7.30.13



Kyle has written 190 posts on Salty Running.

Cinnamon is 34 years old and works in TV and movie production. She recently finished the 2015 New Jersey Marathon in 3:53 and is working toward NYC 2015. Her writing is an eclectic mix of reflections on sports science, reactions to the body's limitations, satirical humor pieces and more.

This week I felt like I failed in so many ways. I almost didn’t want to write a training log, out of embarrassment.

Saturday night I got upset about something that honestly shouldn’t have even involved me.  I let people get under my skin, got unnecessarily angry when someone else canceled plans and reacted by staying out all night and partying. That’ll show ’em!  Look how much fun I can fake having while I’m so mad inside I want to cry my eyes out! Oh, wait…

So Sunday when it was long run time I was hung over, so I went back to bed. Then by the time I finally got up I had a landslide of stuff to do. I had to work Monday so switching days wasn’t really an option…so I did a bad and split my long run. My planned 12 miler on Sunday became a 6 Sunday and a 7.5 Monday.

Since I skipped my Monday off to “complete” my long run it only took me until Thursday to throw up my hands and lament, “I’m so sick of training! I just want to run!” Luckily, my easy-run-for-time 90 minutes on Thursday gave me some head space to think about the weekend’s problems and sort myself out a little. Friday I was back to feeling like a failure when I found myself unable to sustain race pace for more than 2 miles. I chalked it up to the heat but that nagging voice got me worrying about race day. Saturday I was just toast. I needed a day off, so I skipped the optional short run I needed to make my weekly mileage, falling short by 3 miles.

I feel like an idiot. I’m determined to do better this week.

Anyway, here’s the slightly embarrassing breakdown:

S – 6

M – 7.5 before work

T – 3.5 before work

W – 5x 1000m repeats @ 3:58, 4:27, 4:32, 4:38, 4:25, 8 total

Th- 90 minutes easy yielded 7.8 miles


Sat – off

Total: 40

This week’s plan:

S – 16, last 3 @ race pace

M – off, or 3mi easy

T – 2×400, 2×800, 1×1600, 2×800, 2×400, all at 7:00/mile pace, 8 total

W- 60 min easy

Th – 5m tempo @ 7:50 pace (I’ll be happy if I can just finally hit that 8:00 pace and sustain it!), 8mi total

F – 90 min easy

Sat – off, or 3mi easy

Total: 44-46

2 Responses to “Cinnamon’s Big BQ Adventure Log 7.30.13”

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  1. Salty Salty says:

    Bump in road. That is all. It happens to everyone. Sometimes we need a break and it’s ok. Live and learn. Love you!

  2. Mint says:

    Yup, it happens to all of us. Just keep moving forward. Hope this week is better!

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