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

Mint’s Training Log – 7.6.14

Week 5 of Chicago Marathon training is in the books! This makes me happy because I always know the first 6 weeks are the toughest.  After that, I always notice marked improvements in my fitness level.  I am hoping in a week or 2, I’ll be stronger and will have more confidence in where I am at. Monday is my rest day.  Arm weights only. Tuesday - 45 minutes easy / 5.1 more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 6.29.14

Week 4 of Chicago Marathon training is in the books.  This week was a cut-back / recovery week.  It is always hard to log those first recovery weeks when my mileage is already relatively low, but I know that my coach will soon have me cranking pretty hard, so I am reminding myself to take it while I can.  I also cut back a bit on work as I could more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 6.22.14

Week 3 of Chicago Marathon Training is in the books. The temps and humidity have been rising, but I continue to be super excited about training and my big, audacious goals! Monday is a rest day, but I did my arm weights.  I haven’t been able to consistently do them for a year due to my bike crash.  But I’ve done it 2x a week the last 3-4 weeks and more » Read more

Mint’s Training Log – 6.15.2014

After taking the month of May easy following the Wisconsin Marathon, I started easing back into training on June 1.  What is the new goal, you ask?  The Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2014. As my coach started writing up my schedule, he send me a teaser e-mail, telling me this training cycle was all about the number 200.  Did I know what that meant?  Minimum of 200 miles a more » Read more