Ginger’s Training Log – 12-14-14

I shall now call my Smart Coach Plan the Dumb Coach Plan because, well, because it’s a fun play on words. Actually James made a joke about calling it that and it has since stuck. As mentioned last week, I am using this current plan as a guide while tweaking a few days/miles/workouts. This past week was week #1 and it was solid. Another thing James and I have talked more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-7-14

This week was a race week after 6 weeks of decent training from the Smart Coach Training Plan. Things didn’t go quite as planned but I am content with the effort. I ran 22:09 in an indoor 5k open college meet. Prior to the race, I had drafted up a plan of action. In the past at these races, I would go out last because I assumed I would be more » Read more

Get Faster with Swagger

In the fifteen years that I have been running, I’ve experienced a lot of different adventures. Early on, I was in love with everything about the sport. At seventeen, I started subscribing to Runner’s World and reading DyeStat every night. I wasn’t as focused on running fast times as I was with being a “runner.” To define what exactly is a runner is tough and varies in opinion but to more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-30-14

This was the last full week of the Smart Coach Training Plan, round 2. It went well. I continued to feel stronger and I officially entered the indoor open 5k on December 5th. Thanksgiving was enjoyable as always, hanging with family, eating delicious food, and relaxing. We did not trot this year, opting to sleep in instead. However, we did engage in some pre-turkey calorie-burn. I also got to visit more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-23-14

The past week was a busy one. I did turn a corner with my training but toward the end of the week, I struggled with motivation due to playing catch up with sleep. Outside of running, I gave seven presentations for work on top of wrapping up one of my last pet sitting adventures. Whew, I am tired just typing that. I don’t think I realized how much energy those more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-16-14

  I unintentionally had a streak going on this month. I also continued to stray away from the Smart Coach Plan. The reasoning behind it all is simple: I want to run more miles. I rediscovered the old burning flame recently and I feel energized. I don’t feel as swift yet but I do feel stronger endurance-wise. Looking ahead, I do plan to finally run a marathon next June and so more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-9-14

Welcome to week 2 of my second round of the Smart Coach Training Plan for a 5k. One thing I did differently this week is slog/jog on the suggested off days. James runs at night due to his work schedule and circadian rhythm. Some nights I will drive (or bike if it’s warm) but this week I decided that it might be a better to jog with him. He likes more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-2-2014

A couple of weeks ago I began training again as I started to settle into life’s new schedule. I took some time off after my summer training, completed a marathon, and now I am ready to begin another round of a Smart Coach Training Plan in an effort to run an even faster 5k. The Smart Coach Training Plan, which is provided by Runner’s World and is modeled off of more » Read more

A 365 Day Full Circle: My 2014 Akron Marathon Race Report

Last year I lay defeated. I hit rock bottom and then some. Sure, September 28th is just another date and September 28th, 2014 is 365 days since September 28th, 2013. But what happened on September 28th, 2013 will always be in the back of my mind. And what happened in the 365 days since then will always blow my mind. In theory, I understood that life could come full circle, but more » Read more

5 Places You Didn’t Know You Could Chafe

It’s October and that means we are right smack in the middle of marathon season. I, myself, entered The Akron Marathon last week at the last minute. To my surprise, I did not blister or have any bathroom problems nor did I have any thigh rubbing thanks to good ol’ Vaseline. However, I did not know until after the race that there were some other places I should’ve greased up. more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 7-13-14

After my recent 5k breakthrough using the SmartCoach training program, I went ahead and generated another program with a goal race on Labor Day (8 weeks out). However, I won’t be following this next round of training as closely as I did the first time. For the most part, my mileage will still be low and my workouts and long runs will be the same. Other than that, I won’t more » Read more