Vanilla’s Training Log 10/12/14 – 10/18/14

This week started off by running some of the Chicago Marathon, got even better with a decent workout and ended with a gorgeous bike ride outdoors! 10/12:  CHICAGO MARATHON!  Well, not really.  I was able to get a bib from a friend’s mom who couldn’t run.  I had an early flight back, and the hotel was just a few blocks from the 20K mark.  As much as I wanted to more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 10/5/14 – 10/11/14

I got to spend most of the week in Chicago working the Marathon Expo at the Newton booth.  The nice thing about traveling with runners is that you are likely to find someone to run with at some point during the day.  We had a lot of fun at the expo, and we met a lot of great people.  It’s not really work when you get to talk about running more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 9-21-14 to 9-27-14

It’s been a few weeks since I posted a log, so rather than write a novel, I decided to move forward and start-up again with this past week.  It’s been a busy few weeks including a very, windy half ironman, busy work days, a DNS, and finding out I get to work the Chicago Expo.  I get to meet Mint for the very first time! 9/21:  A DNS!  Ugh!  Went more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 8/31/14 to 9/6/14

I know…I’m late!  Here goes: 8/31:  Longest run since I can remember!  13.65 miles.  First 9 averaged 7:44, and then the last 4 were easy.  My legs definitely felt like it had been awhile!  1,650m swim in the evening. 9/1:  September already!!!  A little chilly in the morning, so I waited a few hours before heading out on my bike.  Some weights first and almost 40 miles. 9/2:  Easy day!  3 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 8-17-14 to 8-30-14

It’s the end of summer???!!!  Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks. 8/17:  Longest run since the Boulder 70.3 in June!  10.15 miles in 1:21.  Kept most of my miles pretty consistent around 8:05 after the first 2 miles.  The last 2.5 miles were uphill, and my fastest at just under 8:00???!!!  Took a pretty long nap later in the day and had the munchies! more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log: 8-3-14 to 8-16-14

Cheers, everyone!  Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer!  Fall races are on the horizon!  Here to another great two weeks of training! 8/3:  IRONMAN BOULDER!  SPECTATOR!! I woke at 4:00 a.m. with my husband to head to the swim start with him.  I watched the swim, then had a break for about 4 hours while he was on the bike.  I was able to get more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 8-2-14

Greetings from the Rockies!  It’s great to read everyone’s upcoming goals and races, and I’m excited to be feeling better and getting some target mileage in my plan.  My goals for the next few weeks are: Run around 35 miles per week Bike >75 miles per week Swim > 2 miles per week, but aim for 3x in the water Weight train at least 2 hours per week I have more » Read more

Ask-A-Salty: Should I Ask My Friends to be Spectators?

We recently received a question from Jess, who is ready to race her first Ironman very soon!  (Major kudos to you!)  She has a very supportive spouse who has been with her every step of the way and plans to be there for every minute of the race.  She is wondering if she should also enlist the support of her other friends to help her through the day.  Here’s her more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 7-19-14

Happy Summer!  Seems like the weeks are flying by.  I’m starting to get back on track with training and looking forward to the weeks ahead! 7/13:  Boulder Peak Triathlon (Olympic Distance).  Swim 1,500m; Bike 26+; Run 10K.  Total time:  2:49 and 20th in my age group.  These women are fast on the bike!  The race was fun, and I did better than expected.  A 2 minute swim PR and I more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-29-14

Another week in the books! 6/22:  Travel back from South Dakota to Boulder.  Got in 4 in 31:25 after the storms passed and the soccer game ended.  (Can’t believe how it ended)! 6/23:  21+ miles in the morning–crisp air and sunny.  Weights/core in the evening followed by 1,250m swim. 6/24:  Decided to take a chance on a workout and did 6 x 2 minutes after a 15 minute warm-up.  Got more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-22-14

This week had lots of highlights including my first half ironman of the summer and participating in a community service trip to South Dakota as part of One World Running. 6/15:  Boulder 70.3.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this race given how I have been feeling recently, but I told myself that I would drop at the first sign of any struggle.  I ended up 5:38, just 8 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-1-14 to 6-14-14

Hello Salties!  I’ve missed a week posting my log, so I’m playing catch-up.  I’m still adjusting to liquid iron and figuring out goals for upcoming training and races. 6/1:  Spectated at the Boulder Sprint Trialthlon and watched my hubby race.  Since we live so close to the start and finish, I was able to make it a run of 9 miles to/from home with lots of breaks in between to more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-1-14

I didn’t hit my goal running mileage for the week, and I also discovered that I’m still struggling with anything under 7:30 pace.  Tried liquid iron for the first time (based on a recommendation from a friend).  I’m hopeful! Sunday:  Weights, followed by 3,000m swim.  Longest swim since Ironman.  I was super hungry throughout the day! Monday:  BolderBoulder!  Had plans to run 43-44 minutes based on some recent training runs, more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-25-14

It’s hard to believe that the unofficial start to summer is here!  This week was much better for me training-wise.  I’m starting to feel much stronger during my workouts thanks to an increase in iron supplement.  The next big race (Boulder 70.3) is about 3 weeks away! Sunday:  Colfax Marathon Relay with the Newton Corporate Team.  My leg was 3.7 miles, and I had plans to push it hard.  But, more » Read more

Boston Strong! 2014 Boston Race Report

In the fall of 2012, I realized that I would turn 40 about three weeks before the 2014 Boston Marathon and I thought… “how cool would it be to have Boston as my first master’s race?” I hadn’t ran the Boston Marathon since 2009, and I hadn’t focused on the marathon distance since New York, 2010. My BQs had run out for 2013, so I had to run a marathon and more » Read more