Mint’s Training Log – 9.14.2014

I’m not going to lie: when I saw my training schedule for this week, I was a bit worried as it was very intense.  Add in a busy week with work, kids’ sports, and Girls on the Run and, well, I was feeling a bit intimidated.  I knew I would have to see a fair bit of 4:30 am to get things done.  But I reminded myself that I only more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 9.7.2014

Five weeks until the Chicago Marathon… This week was a recovery week for me after my 70 mile week last week.  Next up I have 2 big weeks before I begin my taper.  I am starting to get nervous and excited.  Am I ready?  Are my goals right?  The next couple of weeks will be very telling. I’ve spent some time looking back at training from my last two high more » Read more

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 PostsWintery Fall Classic Half Marathon: 3rd Place in the 2013 SR 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 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. Week Ending August 17, 2014 – RACE WEEK! Monday is my rest day. 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