Mint’s Training Log – 4.20.14

Week one of my taper is in the books! I am getting excited and a bit nervous about my upcoming race.  I guess that is what is supposed to happen when you hit the taper, right? Monday is my rest day.  I was a bit sore from my 20 miler too. Tuesday I was scheduled to run 80 minutes with 8 miles at goal marathon pace (8:05-8:15).  I opted to more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 4.13.14 – It’s Taper Time Baby!

I made it!  It is now officially taper time for me.  Woo hoo!  While some people hate the taper, I love it!  Time to rest, recover and get into prime racing mode. This season hasn’t been perfect and I am no where near PR shape, but I have put in some solid work.  I am excited to see what race day will ultimately bring for me. Here is how my more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 04.06.14

Four weeks until the Wisconsin Marathon! The weather is finally starting to cooperate a bit too.  It’s been crazy windy, but since the temps have been tolerable, I’ll take it. This week was a cut-back week.  Then I have a big week next week and my taper starts! Monday is my rest day. Tuesday I had a speed workout on tap, but since I had to leave really early to more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 3.30.14

It is hard for me to believe I am at the peak of my training for the Wisconsin Marathon, but it is true. I am trying to figure out my goals and ensure I have a few really solid training weeks. Monday is my rest day. Tuesday I was scheduled for a speed workout, but I woke up to more snow and freezing cold weather.  So I decided to swap more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 3.23.14

Even though I forgot to post my training log last week, I am still plodding along with my training for the Wisconsin Marathon.  It is hard to believe I only have a few more weeks before my taper starts! I’ve had a very low mileage season and have not hit all of my workouts due to travel, illness, work and other bumps in the road.  So I am starting to more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – Recovery Week 3.9.2014

RECOVERY WEEK. I love taper time, but mid-season recovery weeks are often hard for me. This is particularly true when (like now) I’ve run into (too many) bumps along the road in training.  With illness, travel and ridiculous weather, this training season hasn’t been particularly strong.  My natural inclination is to push through, add more… that will make up for my training missteps, right? Of course not.  I know that. more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 3.2.2014

Man, this polar vortex stuff can suck it. Seriously. This winter has been brutal.  Between non-stop freezing cold temps and illness after illness settling into my household, it’s gotten really old.  I for one am ready for old man winter to pack it on up and move on along. My training week started out really rocky, which was really disappointing.  This Spring was intended to be a break-out PR season, more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 2.23.14

After a couple of down weeks, I finally feel like I have a training log with mentioning.  Last week was really light with my mini vacation, so this week I was determined to get back on track for my Wisconsin Marathon training.  For the most part, I was able to stick to my schedule, but due to a head/chest cold, I did have to make some modifications (darn sickness from more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 2.16.14 – The Romance Edition

This week started out sort of normal – whatever that is these days – but then my training plan quickly derailed.  I have no regrets though.  It was a wonderful week. Monday is my rest day and I did it well.  :) Tuesday is not my rest day and I was scheduled for a 55 minute speed workout.  Life intervened and it simply didn’t happen. Wednesday I was scheduled for 30 more » Read more

How to Train Yourself to Become an Early Morning Runner

Sometimes it feels like there are simply not enough hours in the day.  We work all day long, come home to take our kids to their sporting events, make dinner, help out with home work, catch up on laundry, and before you know it, it is bed time.  But wait, what about that hour or more we need to get in our run? It isn’t always easy to find.  For more » Read more