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

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-1-15

Technically, I’m on week 8 of 11 in the “Dumb Coach” Training Program. I am still following the dates on the calendar I printed off from the Smart Coach website, but due to a minor injury, I haven’t been able to do most of the suggested workouts. However, I learned this week that my commitment to cross training is paying off. I did a light workout on Tuesday and ran more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1-25-15

Cross training prevailed over running this week as the Achilles pain came back. Granted the pain is still mild but I am being extra cautious as I have already signed up for a couple of big races this spring. In April, I will run a local 10 mile race. In May, I will run a half marathon at the Cleveland Marathon and in June, my “A” race with be the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1-18-15

Back to life, back to reality. Reality these days isn’t too bad, either. We arrived home yesterday after a week spent on a cruise ship. As I type this, I still feel like I am on said cruise ship, yet we’re “floating” on snow now. Prior to leaving for the Caribbean, I had another week of cross training with some easy running thrown in the mix. For the week ending more » Read more

Running, Nothing Compares To You?

It’s been seven hours and fifteen days since you took your love away. Actually, it’s been five hours and 14 days since you, achilles tendon, prevented me from running. And much like we all experience, the first few days of surrendering to an injury were not fun. Not only because I couldn’t do that which keeps me sane but I ended up getting this one hit wonder stuck in my head more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1-4-14

Cross training counts, too! Right? I feel like I got in a solid week of cross training on the stationary bike and on Sunday, my beater bike outdoors. I used to loathe this machine but a proper seat and clip adjustment works wonders. In a way, it was a blessing for this to happen. I gained a new-found appreciation for the bike and it might just be a good idea more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-28-14

When training is going well, it’s easy to overlook the need for days off or even down weeks. Such has been the case for me since November. As I was building up my mileage, I failed to notice that I kept increasing week after week without any down weeks. Nine weeks have since passed and that nagging Achilles pain was nagging a lot more this week. At this point, it more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-21-14

Week 2 and feeling good. With the holidays approaching, things are a bit hectic but not too bad. I think what I did better this year was prepare myself mentally for this time of year. The to-do lists get a little longer, things often feel rushed, and then it’s important to make sure you take time for yourself. Not only does running do that for me but also just lounging more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-14-14

I shall now call my Smart Coach Plan the Dumb Coach Plan because, well, because it’s a fun play on words. Actually James made a joke about calling it that and it has since stuck. As mentioned last week, I am using this current plan as a guide while tweaking a few days/miles/workouts. This past week was week #1 and it was solid. Another thing James and I have talked more » Read more