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

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