Cinnamon’s Big BQ Adventure Log 7.30.13



Kyle has written 203 posts on Salty Running.

Cinnamon is 34 years old and works in TV and movie production. She recently got a Marathon PR of 3:53 and is on a long road toward a BQ. 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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