Ginger’s Training Log – 4-12-15

I’m up to 40 miles now and things are going well. I’ve been trying to focus on acknowledging negative emotions during runs rather than getting freaked out by them or letting them ruin the entire run. Much of this process involves telling myself, Ok, I feel this way. Let’s relax a little, let it pass on its own. This mindset helped on my long run, where I told myself I would more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-5-15

The past week was the first down week of this training cycle. It was a pretty uneventful week. However, there was one good workout and not because I effortlessly hit my times but because it tested me. On Wednesday, the little workout was 3 miles at 7:30 pace. 7:30 pace always seems to psych me out even though I’ve run a half marathon at that pace. In fact, every time more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-29-15

We’re just moving right along. Salty posted this article on our Facebook page on Saturday and I found it very encouraging for my current and long term goals. One thing that stood out was the idea that consistency sure does pay off but that it is not easy to maintain when we’re not all paid to run. However, it is possible and this year I have felt like I have more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-22-15

Week 3 of 15 is in the books. This week saw a little bit bigger bump up in miles to 34. And the best news to report is that most of my running this week was entirely pain free. I had some hammy niggle thingy going on mid-week but my chiro appointment easily took care of it. For this week’s long run workout, I had absolutely no pain, which I more » Read more

Racing Superstitions: What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

Luck. Juju. Magic. We runners tend to be a ritualistic bunch. Chances are that your race day essentials include not only safety pins and Bodyglide, but some kind of lucky charm, whether it’s a part of your outfit, a particular pre-race tradition or just a talisman you have on hand. A little pre-race superstition never hurt anyone, right? Sassafras and I have teamed up this week to discuss the use more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-15-15

Two of fifteen weeks complete! This week went much better on the pain front. Really, there wasn’t much pain at all. I am not sure if this is due to taking my own advice from my most recent post or the fact that I have been doing strengthening exercises and stretching every night. The later sure does go a long way. I continue to build my miles slowly, which likely more » Read more

Recovering From Injury? Avoid Being A Helicopter Parent To Your Body

The analogies are endless. Just as a purple bruise initially hurts and then turns a healing yellow, so too does a running injury. Just as a cut initially burns but then begins to close up, so too does a running injury. Just as the storm comes before a rainbow, so too is the process of a running injury. Just as we may fall down mentally and emotionally, a painful experience more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-8-15

Welcome to Week 1 of 15. This was still a light week in mileage as I am playing it safe. I would say that’s been the biggest challenge as marathon training is all about time spent on feet. I just have to keep reminding myself that getting to the starting line healthy is always the first goal. I’ve completed two marathons on minimal mileage so that helps to remind me more » Read more

Make Both Performance and Process Goals to Achieve Running Success

This week I begin a 15 week training cycle for the Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, to be held on June 14th, 2015 in Iowa. I happened to stumble across this marathon when doing a Google search for “spring marathons in Iowa.” Why Iowa? A good friend of mine lives there and I thought it would be nice to come visit and run somewhere new. This will be just the third more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-1-15

March! Daylight Savings Time looms, we here in Ohio are slowly climbing out of the freezing temps, and tomorrow starts a 15 week training cycle for my marathon in June. These are the things I am looking forward to over the next couple of weeks. I took the time this past week to take it easy, recover from my race, and mentally get ready for an increase in mileage. I more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-22-15

I raced this past weekend even though my 11 weeks of training were less than ideal. The good news is that my Achilles issue continues to improve and now I can focus on strengthening my feet and back muscles. The other good news is that I took a risk to race a bunch of younger collegiate girls to see what kind of shape I’m in. The bad news isn’t that more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-15-15

This winter has been pretty cold and snowy but it’s not bothering me as much as past winters. Why? I’ve been pulling a Jasmine and running most of my miles on the treadmill. There’s been the usual moaning and groaning from fellow Northeast Ohioans but in my head I’m thinking, “it’s not that bad”. Well, it’s not been that bad because I’ve been hiding from it! It helps that the more » Read more

5 Ways Christian Grey’s Got Nothing On Running

So the bestselling book turned potential blockbuster comes to theaters today, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I have not read the book. Personally, I’m more of a Magic Mike kinda girl. But it’s hard to escape the previews, the newsfeed posts, and the late night talk show circuit promoting 50 Shades of Grey. I guess it’s about a guy who’s bedroom tastes are quite different than the norm. He meets more » Read more

When It’s OK to #sweatlikeagirl and When It’s Not

Many women worry that they sweat too much. How much is too much? It’s a tricky question with a more complicated answer. Before we explore this issue, let’s be clear on one thing: sweating is normal. In fact, sweating is needed. It’s your body’s way of cooling itself down. So, one of the first things you can do if you think you might sweat too much is recognize that when more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-8-15

There was more running this week which is a good thing. However, I am finding that cross training in between running days helps me to feel fresh and energized on my runs. I am also focusing more on time than distance lately, although I still monitor my weekly mileage. I just think that I do better with quality running than quantity running. By utilizing cross training, I will focus more more » Read more