Ginger’s Training Log – 10-11-15

I’m six weeks out from my fall half marathon race. I’m not expecting a PR or even a quick time. Rather, I’m using the goal race to get back into a routine, one where I’m not on the verge of burning out or facing injury. My bigger goal is to run a fall marathon next year. But along the way, I want to set some milestones. The first milestone will more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 10-13-15

6 days of running this week and solid training is starting to take form. I enjoyed the cooler temps and a few runs in the rain. I feel stronger when running in overcast weather, not exactly sure why though. Overall, I’ve been doing ok the last few weeks but have struggled a bit with anxiety and depressive symptoms as I increase my medication back to my normal dose. I also more » Read more

5 Marathons to Follow This Fall

When you think of fall you probably think of pumpkins, leaves, the colors orange and brown, hay bales, and more pumpkins that beg to be spiced and placed in our food, candles, and lotions. My local taco joint joked that they are now serving pumpkin spiced tacos. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone was willing to try. I must admit, I’m a fan of the pumpkin spiced everything but there’s something more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-27-15

I hit five days of running this week and continued to feel less awkward and achy, except for some intense DOMS after incorporating squats into my weekly routine again. Although I will be the first to admit that I love the feeling of delayed onset muscle soreness. To me, it’s like the body reminding you that you are alive, a saying hello of sorts. Overall, the week was a good more » Read more

Why The Pros Are Pros and How YOU Can Learn to Think Like One

Professional athletes have to handle immense amounts of pressure and stress. In fact, at the most recent Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, many American athletes with high expectations didn’t fair as well as they had originally planned. In particular, Molly Huddle had arguably the biggest heartbreak in the 10,000 meters after she failed to run through the finish line thus allowing fellow American Emily Infeld to nab the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-20-15

The miles are still slim but I am feeling a spark again and that is exciting. My coach gave me the outline for this week and we are aiming for the Fall Classic Half Marathon on November 22nd. I may also do a 10k on October 25th for training purposes. This week, I received both pairs of new shoes I ordered and I am very impressed with the new Hoka more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-13-15

My stubbed toe has been on the mend and this past week I was able to run four times. This matched up perfectly with the slight change in weather and scenery. I love this time of year. It is inspiring and great for running. Really, any time the season changes, it does the body and mind good. I didn’t do any cross training this past week as I wanted to ease more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-30-15

I have some good news to report: the toe is better! I can wear one pair of work shoes AND I’m up to five minutes of running so far. I’m going to take it easy coming back, continuing with short runs before/after cross training. In other news, I decided to go back on Zoloft as things were just not improving mood wise. Each week my anxiety seemed to get worse. more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-16-15

Last week was a bit of fluke in the pain department. I thought things were getting better but they actually seemed to have taken a few steps back. So, no running this past week. And now, I’ve come to accept it is likely going to be a couple more weeks before I start back up again. In a way, I am happy this happened because I do think that had more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-9-15

Another week of cross training here. I did see my chiropractor on Tuesday and he gave me some new strengthening exercises to do during the downtime. My mood improved this week but my anxiety increased. According to this comprehensive article on antidepressant withdrawal, this is all quite normal and could continue to last for a few more months. Knowing all of this reassures me that I am not going crazy, more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-2-15

I am not exactly sure why but I’ve been very cranky and irritable as of late. I have my suspicions which include still having some side effects of withdrawing from Zoloft as well as being on a hormonal IUD. It also doesn’t help that I badly bruised my toe this past week by walking into the couch. That was hilarious and heartless at the same time when it happened. As more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 7-26-15

And we’re back up on schedule! The past week was a lot better without all of the pressure to train for an “A” race fall marathon. I continued to focus on running for self care and for the pure enjoyment of moving forward as the Zoloft withdrawal symptoms lessen. The highlight of the week was helping Cilantro as both a crew member and pacer for the last 10 miles of the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log Catch Up

The last two weeks kind of flew by and before I knew it, I hadn’t written about the training that occurred. I completed my Zoloft taper last Wednesday and since then, I have been experiencing some more withdrawal symptoms that I believe have effected my training. As a result, I have decided that it is best to hold off on a fall marathon, at least in the sense of making it more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 7-5-15

This was a bit of a tough week for me. I started to question if I really wanted to do another round of marathon training for a fall race. I considered other options, such as training for a 10k instead. I struggled with some foot pain and also felt more tired and cranky than normal. But all of this was quickly “fixed” by helping pace a friend to a 5k more » Read more

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