Mint’s Training Log – 8.31.2014

Week # 13 is in the books – just 6 weeks until the Chicago Marathon! I ended up having to miss some of my  scheduled workouts last week, but this week I was bound and determined to not only hit all of my prescribed workouts, but to also bump it up a notch so I could get to 70 miles for the week.  I don’t know why, but that level more » Read more

Madison Mini Race Report. 100/111/114

I’ve mentioned that I have been coaching three boys to run the Madison Mini Marathon half.  I even went so far as to say they were totally nailing their training. So I am a few steps ahead of elated to tell you that they nailed it, and even placed in their age group. Here is how it went down: Related PostsSalty’s Training Log – 9.1.12 and 9.9.12 Half and Full Marathons more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 8.17.14 and 8.24.14

I forgot to post my training log last week, but I am still rolling forward with training training for the Chicago Marathon.  I had a few set-backs and scheduling switch ups, but overall everything is continuing to go well.  The first week was a cut-back week and race week.  The second week, was a strong training / building week.  I Week Ending August 17, 2014 – RACE WEEK! Monday is my more » Read more

5 Reasons 13 Year Olds Rule 13.1

Tomorrow, my oldest son and two of his friends are running their first half marathon, the Madison Mini Marathon. Admittedly, I am about as geeked out about this as you can possibly imagine.  These boys have trained for 14 weeks for this race.  They ran short, long, easy, hard, hills, heat, cool temps.  They met up to run and navigated their way through camps and family vacations.  They are ready more » Read more

Acclimate to Summer Heat to Improve Performance in Fall Races

Most runners loathe running in the heat.  Don’t even talk to us about humidity.  It sucks.  We hate it.  We do everything we can do avoid it.  With very few exceptions, the only runners I know who enjoy the heat are short distance runners (5k and under).  Above that distance, most of us cringe (and complain excessively) when we see a weather forecast with warm summer temps and thick summer more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 8.3.14 and 8.10.14

Training for the Chicago Marathon and the boys’ half marathon is going along very well.  I’ve had to get a bit creative meshing the two – particularly since I was also balancing vacation this week.  So far, so good. Week ending 8.3.14 (week 9): Monday is my rest day. Tuesday I did my arm weights and intervals.  2 mile warm up; 4 x .75 mile @ 6:58 pace; .25 recoveries; more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 7.27.14

After two weeks of breaking 50 miles per week, this week was a cut-back week.  I have to admit I was feeling pretty antsy and wanted to keep building up miles, but my coach put my long runs on my schedule for the next several weeks (without the rest of the schedule).  Seeing 3:00 and 3:20 coming up in the next 2 weeks was enough to convince me to embrace more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 7.20.2014

This week was pretty awesome.  Solid training + 2 solid runs with my boy.  Good stuff.  Here is how things shook out: Monday: rest & arm weights Tuesday: Intervals.  I did a 10 minute warm up; 12 x 400m @ 6:58 pace; 400m recoveries; 15 minute cool down with 4 striders.  72 minutes / 8.8 miles. Wednesday: 52:30 / 6 miles / 8:45 pace. Thursday: Pace run.  10 minutes warm more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 7.13.2014

Week 6 of training for the Chicago Marathon is in the books.  I probably cling to that number more than I should as every training season is different, but I know the first 6 weeks are the hardest in that it is hard to hit a groove.  I feel out of shape, and, well, it’s always harder than it should be.  But at 6 or so weeks, I always seem more » Read more

Half Marathon Training for Teens and Adolescents

To begin, I know this is a somewhat controversial topic.  I’ve never been one to shy away from that sort of thing though, so let’s jump right on in. This summer, I am coaching my son and 2 of his friends to run the Madison Mini Half Marathon in August.  My son is currently 12 years old, but all 3 boys will be 13 on race day. I know, I more » Read more