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

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – 4 Weeks Left

It’s time for another check in and we’re getting down to the wire. I just completed my final “down” week of the training program. This program featured two down weeks, where there are no workouts or long runs. This past down week, I felt like I was getting sick so I took an extra day off from the program. I didn’t quite hit the mileage the way the program suggested more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Checking In

Eight weeks complete, six to go in my RLRF experiment. I decided to do a round up post of the last three weeks of training as this plan is quite monotonous. On one hand, the monotony helps create a sense of predictable structure. On the other hand, it makes for boring weekly training log posts. During Week 6, I continued to incorporate cross training into the plan on my non-running more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Weeks 4 and 5

A double dose for you all! Salty land was busy last week so I’ve combined the last two weeks of my training experiment into one post. A month of the experiment has passed! What I miss most about this plan is all out sprinting. During Week 4, I incorporated an all out 400 but didn’t get the memo that it was a 400 and not a 200 (see also out in more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 3

This week’s recap is going to be somewhat NRR. NRR is Letsrun.com speak for a non-running related topic on their world famous message boards. My NRR is on aging. Friends, help me out. When I turned thirty last year, nothing really felt that different. I didn’t feel old. I didn’t feel tired. I didn’t feel achy. I felt like I did the day before when I was 29. Enter 31. more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 2

Welcome to the recap for Week 2 of 14 of the RLRF Experiment. The highlight of this week occurred during a piddly 2 mile run on Friday. I had been quite sore from Thursday’s workout (more on that later) and so I went into the run assuming I would feel like crap. I was judging the run before I even took one step. In fact, I did this for an more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 1

I grew up on Spaghetti-Os and Doritos. Occasionally, my mom, sister, and I would delight in a home cooked meal by Grandma but canned goods and snacks were the staple of our working single parent household. As I got older and began running, I upgraded to pre-washed bags of iceburg lettuce and cooked noodles out of the box instead of the can. Without a solid foundation in cooking, I grew more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment

Back in September, Running Times ran a great piece on maximizing your training time to still get results and even PRs. They shared profiles of other runners who train on low mileage plans and have had success. I was intrigued by the article but at the time, I still held on to the belief that in order to run any decent times, one must be running at least 30 miles more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-23-14

Hi there. Enjoying the drama of the Indoor National Championships? Should be very interesting to see how this all pans out. So anyway, I haven’t been doing specific training lately but figured I’d give a little update on how my running is going these days. I am averaging 4-6 days a week with 20-45 minute runs each time. I am not training for any upcoming races, just running for health more » Read more