Cilantro’s Training Log – 5.29.16

Back into running this week!  It felt so good, but by the end of the week, I was exhausted. The workouts. Monday: 3 miles, 26 minutes; 3 miles walked. CrossFit after work: Warm-up: :30 air squats, :30 plank, repeat 3 times.  Workout: 25 dips, 50 rows (TRX), 75 lunges, 100 sit-ups. Tuesday: 6 miles, easy.  Average 9:30 pace (on the mill, so slower).  CrossFit after work: 20 mn: 5 deadlifts more » Read more

Please Don’t Mansplain This To Me: A Flowchart

Ladies, I know you understand: no matter how much running experience we have or how little they do, men are still mansplaining their way through training runs alongside us, about everything from heart rate variability to how Hanson’s Marathon Training plan really works. And while I know they don’t mean to invalidate our assertions with male superior knowledge about #allthethings (mostly), their “meant to be helpful” statements often come on the heels of more » Read more

It’s Serious: Running and Concussions

Early last Saturday morning, I woke up after a late night and decided that a run would boost my energy for the day. So, instead of heading back to bed, I headed out for a quick eight mile tempo, which is exactly what I needed. I felt great, maintaining a consistent 7-7:24 pace before heading toward home on the main roads. About a mile out I ran past a construction site and suddenly found myself more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 5.22.2016

While a recovery week was already built into my training this week, I didn’t expect this sort of recovery would be what was required.  Last week, I mentioned my dramatic fall at the end of Saturday’s tempo run.  When I wrote the log, I didn’t realize how serious my injury was, or how slow recovery would be.  I expected that I’d be back running in no time, ready for my more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 5.14.16

This was a great Louisville week, aside from constant rain and 50-degree weather, which I am sure I will come to miss mid-August.  This was week three of a four-week training cycle, which means that next week is a recovery week (read: no intervals, just easy running), and I am really ready for it. The workouts: Monday: 6 miles total, 2 minutes time trial (.3 miles), 5 minutes rest, 10x:20 more » Read more

Choosing the CrossFit Endurance Ultra Training Plan

It all started one fateful day last December. I was watching a rerun of the CrossFit Games and told the Saltines, mostly in jest, that I was going to try CrossFit. As usual, there were many jokes, but they were supportive in spite of seeming unsure if I was serious or not. As I pursued my CrossFit dreams, my real-life running friends had some things to say: “I hate CrossFit because my old running more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 4.30.2016 – 5.7.2016

The first week of this training log was the first official week of my next training cycle. Despite two days spent driving, the second half of my move, and defending my dissertation, I was able to get each key workout in.  In my book, with all of that stress, I count it as a win. My training log also starts on Monday, but since I didn’t get to report Sunday’s more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 4.23.16

Hello from Louisville! I’m finally getting settled, and I got solid training week in before I have to go back to GFK for my final dissertation defense (finger’s crossed, send your positive thoughts my way around 1:30 PM CST on Thursday, please)  It’s so nice to have a home to come back to though. I have only been in Louisville a week, and I can already say I love it more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 4.9.2016

This was a crazy week – not bad (actually, quite good overall), but I’m feeling pretty exhausted.  NOT from running, but from everything else. I want a vacation.  Luckily, I should get one of those next December. This was my first full week on the CrossFit Endurance plan, although I had to modify it for skill (or lack thereof).  Additionally, the conference at the end of the week pretty much more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 4.3.2016

Happy Spring!  Except it’s not spring here, Friday it was 0 degrees F with the windchill and it snowed Friday night. What is wrong with this place? Here’s the deal.  So I didn’t post a training log for two weeks ago, but while I would love to post a two-week training log here, I don’t track my runs any more in any way except for SR training logs (crazy, right)?  Since more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – the last six months

Introducing Cilantro! Cilantro is an ultra-runner, soon-to-be grad school graduate who follows training plans like the mileage and workouts are “suggestions” and falls in love with Hungarian men at “Jo napot kivanok.” Stop, you had me at Szia. Just kidding. Last you heard of me (other than Begamot’s awesome Pisces runner post (which was spot on, yo), I had just finished Burning River with the best Salty crew a girl more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.2.2015

Recovery from Burning River, at least physically, has been much easier than I anticipated.  Unlike post-Black Hills 50M, I didn’t have much trouble with stairs after a good night’s sleep post-race, and nothing was nagging in terms of my biomechanics. My feet were a nightmare because of the blisters (and still look pretty disgusting, although I can fit them into regular shoes now, which was an exciting development). I’m not more » Read more

Burning River 100 Mile Recap

In so many ways, the Burning River 100 mile ultramarathon exceeded my expectations.  It was harder than I imagined, of course, but the course through the Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio was exceptionally beautiful.  The support from my Salty Running crew (led by Crew Chief Salty) provided the support I needed before, during, and after the race and my amazing pacers kept me moving forward, no matter how slowly, and my more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.27.2015

The week leading up to Burning River was the second and final week of my taper, and it was really the first time that I have done the taper as prescribed by my training log (mostly…). I can handle a high volume of training, so I think the taper always hits me harder than it might if I didn’t err on the side of high-mileage training. With my tri-ultra training more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.19.2015

Dear taper:  You sounded so good whilst I was peaking, but now that I’m in the midst of you, you kind of hurt my heart and mess with my head.  Love, me. My famous last words (or my last last training log) mentioned how darn excited I was to start tapering.  And, frankly, I’m still excited for the idea of tapering that I had in my head (e.g., laying around with more » Read more