Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.28.16

Another good week, so I feel like the chips are going to fall soon.  I didn’t do as much CrossFit as I would have liked (or maybe, as intense of CrossFit workouts – I hit the number of workouts but the intensity and length was shorter this week).  However, it was cool enough to run outside Tuesday and Wednesday which was amazing and I was able to hit some great more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.21.16

A good week of training that I am happy about.  I almost didn’t type that because it seems like my good weeks are always followed by terrible ones.  But maybe that’s the way training works overall, I’ve just never pushed myself hard enough to know. Monday: 5 miles, easy pace (10:00). Crossfit after work: Meta, 3 rounds: 10xpush-ups, 10x jumping jacks, 10xsquats, 10xjumping jacks, 10xsit-ups, 10xjumping jacks. Strength: 4 rounds: more » Read more

Who Should Women Runners Fear? It’s Not Who You Think

As I ran this morning on the treadmill, I watched Fox News cover the story of the female runners who had been recently murdered while out on a run. I watched the story transition from one about potential connections between the murders to one where a trained individual showed two women how to protect themselves from a stranger attack while on a run. He mimicked running behind each runner and using more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.14.16

A good week.  I finally got in a real long run, and while my paces aren’t where I’d like them to be, I’m happy with my running and overall fitness levels. Monday: 5 miles total, 20:00 of hill training. Average pace, 8:34.  Crossfit core after work: 3 rounds: :60 plank, 10 KB pilates sit-ups, 10xside planks, 20 KB oblique dips, 20 crunches. Tuesday:  Intervals of running, rowing, and the assault more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – July 24-August 7, 2016

I decided to put the last two weeks of training logs into one.  I’ve been blaming my lack of motivation on a series of things: crazy work schedule, hydration, sickness, cycle, etc.  But the reality is that running as training for a race isn’t important to me right now. It’s hard to admit as a running blogger, and hard to face myself because it’s a part of who I am (as more » Read more

When Your Running Identity Changes

Lately, I have been struggling with accepting and publicizing that I am really only running because I don’t want to have to purchase a new wardrobe. I have been mostly silent about it here, but since starting my career in academia, running has quickly become a different part of my identity. Ultrarunning, at least for now, has become a less salient part of who I am, in identity development terms. “Cilantro the more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Why Do Women Watch the Olympics?

This week, in an attempt to justify the time-delayed coverage of the Olympics, NBC explained that they did this, in part, to appeal to the majority of Olympic viewers: women. Apparently, we don’t really care about sports and timely results, we just watch for the human interest stories behind each amazing Olympic feat. As NBC has stated, it’s not about competition for us ladies. No no, far be it from more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.24.2016

While my mileage was low this week and I didn’t get in a single long run, I kept my attitude focused on doing what I could (read: the bare minimum) and tried to keep my expectations in check.  I got in my key runs and crossfit workouts and, therefore, I am happy. As long as I am maintaining fitness and staying on top of work (which is my priority right more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.16.16

I took a different approach to training this week.  I knew I had been pushing too hard between work and training, so I planned to do no more than the minimum this week.  That meant no junk miles after my CFE intervals, no extra crossfit workouts, no workouts over an hour except Saturday, and a real rest day (no matter how easy I thought I had taken it all week). more » Read more

What We Want You to Say to Us When We’ve Had a Bad Race

Have you ever raced with a friend who ended the race feeling horribly disappointed about her performance? It’s the worst. What do you say? What can you do to help her feel better? In the moment, when witnessing your friend experience the crushing feeling of defeat, it’s hard to know what to say or do, even though you know the pain she is feeling and have almost certainly felt it more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.10.16

Monday: 7 miles, 5 at 8:00 pace (tempo).  Tough run, did it fasted and really felt rotten for the rest of the day.  Crossfit in the afternoon: 50 rounds: 1xsquat, 1xpush-up, 1xsit-up, 1xsuperman, 1xjumping squat.  This looked easier than it actually was. Tuesday: 5×3:00 7:15 pace, 2:00 recovery.  5.5 miles total. CrossFit after teaching: :30plank, 30xmountain climbers, :20plank, 20xmountainclimbers, :10plank, 10xmountain climbers, :20sideplank (both), 20xmountain climbers, :20plank, 20xmountain climbers, :20side more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.3.16

I knew at the beginning of the week that I really needed a “high” mileage week (for me, 50+ is high because of the mid-week intervals) to feel like I could do BR50 in a few weeks.  I hit this week hard. The workouts: Monday: 8 miles, 6 at sub-8:00 pace.  CrossFit after work: 15 rounds: 5xrows, 5xpush-ups, 5xsit-ups, 5xsquats. Tuesday: 6 miles, easy. Average 9:00 pace. Wednesday: 8 miles more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 6.26.16

Monday:  FINALLY.  My first good run in what feels like weeks.  5×3:00 7/10 effort intervals.  8:00, 7:41, 7:30, 7:30, 8:00. 3:00 recovery in between. 5 miles total. CrossFit after work: 7 rounds: 7xburpees, 7xair squats, 7xsit-ups, 7xjumping jacks. 8:55 time. Strength: Deadlifts 5×5 Tuesday: 6 miles total. Easy endurance miles, 9:30 average pace. Wednesday: 5.5 miles total. 2:00 TT (6:20 pace). 10x:45 at 6:20 pace, :90 recovery pace in between. more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 6.19.16

When I left you last week, I was all angst-y because I was worried that I had a stress fracture. That, of course, didn’t keep me from running last week (because it doesn’t hurt whilst I am running, only when I am thinking about it).  But the raised red bruise over my fifth metatarsal had me concerned (although WebMD assured me that I only had bone cancer). Monday, I was more » Read more

You’re Invited to Salty Camp!

Want to meet the badass women behind Salty Running while you run, eat, relax, celebrate and learn? Here’s your chance! Deep in Cuyahoga Valley National State Park, nestled amongst the trails, is a historic mansion. On July 29, 30, and 31, that mansion will be transformed into a runner’s paradise as it hosts Salty Camp 2016. Salty Camp is your opportunity to join the Salty Running spice rack, lead by Salty and Cinnamon, more » Read more