Ginger’s Training Log – 6-28-15

This was my first week back to running after the marathon. Man, did it start off achy, unmotivating, and sluggy! But by Friday I was feeling a lot better. I took one whole week off to recover from the marathon and toward the end of that week, I was already looking forward to running again. However, when it came time to actually run, I couldn’t believe how stiff my body was more » Read more

Marion Rotary Marathon Race Report

I traveled to Iowa once. I remember it being relatively flat, beautiful actually. That year we had traveled to a small town called Bloomfield for the wedding of our two good friends, Rick and Emily. A few years later, Rick and Emily moved 2 hours north, near Cedar Rapids. It only seemed fitting that we visit again. I decided to tie in a trip with a spring marathon. I researched more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 6-14-15

On Sunday, June 14th, I ran the Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes. Today is Wednesday, June 17th and I feel ok. I am taking this week off before focusing on building a stronger base for a fall marathon. I like marathons. Even if they are extremely hilly and it’s terribly muggy. I’ll share a race report later but here is how the week leading up to the race looked: Monday: more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Supplements or Performance Enhancing Drugs?

While we didn’t have the same hard hitting journalism and expert witness testimony as the famed investigative reporter David Epstein had in his fascinating piece on PED use by coaching giant Alberto Salazar, we did cover this ever looming hot topic last year. After Epstein’s breaking news report was shared this past week, the inter webs and message boards went crazy. “FINALLY!” “I knew it.” “The whole sport is dirty.” more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 6-7-15

This past week was my first experience with a marathon taper and it went better than I expected. Sure, the nerves were jumpy at times and some doubts tried to break my flow but overall, I held strong and actually enjoyed my running this week. Even more so, there were days where I didn’t even feel like running! I still ran and it was fine but I think my mind more » Read more

Hypnosis and Running: Are You In?

When you hear the word “hypnosis,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it an image of being on stage before thousands doing the chicken dance in your underwear? Is it an image of an old man with white hair dangling a pocket watch in front of you and droning, “you are getting sleepy, very, very sleepy…” While clichés of hypnosis may make it seem like a silly party trick, it is actually more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-31-15

Greetings, a couple days late. At the tail end of last week, I finished my last long run workout and then began taper time with an extended weekend visit to Massachusetts, where I visited with my dad and family. I actually flew in and out of Boston. It was neat flying over the city and its historic course that I hope to run someday soon. Flying was also great practice more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-24-15

We’re getting down to the wire. I’m three weeks out from my spring marathon. This coming week will be my last quality week before taper. Come Friday night, I will have wrapped up all of the difficult parts of training. This past week, I focused on solidifying my goals and rebounding back from my less than stellar workout at the Cleveland half marathon. Monday: 5 miles easy. Tuesday: 5.5 miles more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-17-15

Four weeks to go, two weeks until taper. This past week was interesting. I made it through a 15 day running streak with some of my highest mileage totals ever. I kept any questionable pain at bay and even had a solid track workout on Tuesday. However, Sunday really played with my body and mind at the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon. I am grateful for the experience, a little more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-10-15

Nothing glamorous here this week. I didn’t even feel like taking a picture. I’m actually feeling quite tired and cranky, which is to be expected after another week of 50+ miles and workouts. This is the reality of marathon training. In a way, I like the grinding away at the pavement, the soreness of hard work, but after a while it does get a little old and longing for the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-3-15

The weather is warming up, spring races are filling our minifeeds, and my training cycle is more than halfway done. I’m now 6 weeks out, with 4 weeks left until taper time. I hit 50 miles this week and I’ve only ever been at 50 miles a week a handful of times. This time however, I feel much stronger and the increase in mileage has been handled well by my more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-26-15

The mileage continues to grow and this week I got to practice pacing, fueling, and managing general jitters at a 10 mile race on Saturday. I am very pleased with my training thus far, particularly because I am remaining healthy as the mileage increases. I’ve been keeping the intensity a bit on the lower side compared to previous training programs so I think that is helping as well as continuing more » Read more

Fandom and Our Obsession with Winning

Marathon season recently kicked off with the granddaddy of them all, Boston. For me and many of you, watching this race is no different than watching the World Series or the Super Bowl. Come to think of it, it is our World Series and Super Bowl. So it’s hard not to feel a little down when your team comes oh so close to winning but falls off at the end. All more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-19-15

Now the real work begins. This past week was an eye opener for me. My long run was definitely humbling. I completed my first official 16 miler on Saturday and my mileage total increased to 44 for the week. Despite the minor challenges, which are gifts in disguise, I continue to run healthy with no major pain or questionable niggles. The work done outside of running is often harder than more » Read more

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