Vanilla’s Training Log 2-15-15 to 2-21-15

Winter finally made it to Colorado this week!  I guess we were jealous of the entire  country, so we needed our share of snow! 2/15:  Easy 8.3 miles.  Left the house with bright sunshine and blue skies, and after about 45 minutes later, I could just see the clouds rolling over the mountains.  By the time I reached the last mile, snow flurries started.  Colorado weather changes so quickly! 2/16:  President’s more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-8-15 to 2-14-15

2/8:  60 + degrees, but the winds were over 30 mph, and there was no way I could ride outside.  So, I stayed put on the trainer with the intentions of riding 30.  After 20 miles, I had no tension on my back wheel, and I realized my tire was flat.  I stopped to put air in it and was able to ride another 10 miles with 5 x 90 more » Read more

Reader Roundtable: What is Your Oldest Race SWAG?

We’ve introduced a new feature on Salty Running called “Reader’s Roundtable,’ and asked all of you to share with us your post-run shower habits and “chicking” stories.  This week, we want to know what ancient race t-shirts, hats and other swag is lurking in the back of your closet! Recently, I was going through my running shirts when I came across a faded and oversized race tee 2005, then another one from 2003!  more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-1-15 to 2-7-15

Happy February! 2/1:  27+ miles on the trainer around 18 mph, followed by 4 mile run! 2/2:  Lift in the morning.  4.7 miles early afternoon.  Sunny and 55, but lots of puddles from the melting snow over the weekend. 2/3:  Workout fail!  Planned 2mins, 4mins x 4, but it was clear during the warm-up that my body wanted nothing of it.  Got through 1 set, then called it at 3 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 1-25-15 to 1-31-15

I had high hopes for training this week, but my immune system had different plans.  I caught some of the nasty stuff going around.  Ugh! 1/25: 7 miles in 55 minutes.  It was nice enough to ride outside, so I headed out, but I underestimated the wind.  There were times I felt like I was riding right into a wall.  I barely managed 15 mph.  I felt tired, and I’m more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 1-18-15 to 1-24-15

Getting into a groove with training! 1/18: Prairie Dog Half Marathon:  1:35:25, 4th overall and 1st master.  This was my attempt to jump start back into long runs.  2 mile cooldown after made for 15 total for the day, my longest run in months.  I was pretty tired throughout the day, but I managed a core workout later. 1/19:  Easy 3 miles at lunch. 1,250m swim in the evening. 1/20:  more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 1-11-15 to 1-17-15

Here goes another week in Boulder! 1/11:  In anticipation of my upcoming half, I headed out for my longest run since November.  Goal was at least 10, and I made it 10.3 miles.  My Garmin died about halfway through the run, so I estimated the distance based on my route.  I’m not gonna lie–I was tired for the rest of the day and had to go to bed early that more » Read more

Should You Use a Race as Your Long Run?

During the last weeks of 2014, without any goal races on the horizon, I started getting comfortable with 5-6 mile runs, and the thought of going longer seemed awful.  I found myself really struggling to do long runs!  But it’s a new year, and my first goal race of 2015 is the New Orleans 70.3, a half Ironman, so I know I have to somehow get out of my funk more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 1-4-15 to 1-10-15

First full week of 2015! 1/4:  I did not feel like doing anything today!  I planned to run, but it was 5 degrees until noon, and then it didn’t warm up at all like forecasted.  When I finally found some motivation to exercise, I decided to hop on my bike for 90 minutes.  But, after 2 miles, it was obvious that my body wasn’t happy, and the thought of riding more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12-28-14 to 1-3-15

Happy 2015!  I hope you all had a nice holiday and celebrated the new year in style!  Here’s to new goals and challenges in 2015! 12/28:  It was only 12 degrees with lots of snow still so I opted for the treadmill.  Set it right under 8:00 pace with the goal of 1 hour and ran 7.65 miles. Longest run in awhile–building up the mileage.  18 miles on the  Computrainer later in more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12/21/14 to 12/27/14

Christmas week training log! 12/21:  7 miles XC skiing about 2 hours west of Boulder. Beautiful scenery, fun with friends, and drinks after at the lodge. 12/22:  5.35 miles @ 42:14 before work. Weights in the evening. 12/23:  1,850m swim before work. 6 miles @ 42:35 with 8 quarters. 12/24:  13.25 miles on the trainer.  Having a hard time getting back my cycling legs!  Office closed early, s I was more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12-14-14 to 12-20-14

Another week in the books! 12/14:  Wanted to do a local 5K race, but the weather conditions were awful, so I thought I would hop on the treadmill for a time trial.  After 3 minutes, it was obvious my body wanted nothing of it, so after mile 1 in 6:38, I shut it down and jogged easy.  5.30 miles in 40 minutes.  1,500m swim in the evening. 12/15:  5.6 miles more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12-7-14 to 12-13-14

Happy holidays,  Salties!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a training log.  Rather than write a long novel, here’s a quick recap of the past few weeks:  finally put my bike back together only to realize my shifter got damaged, so it went to the doctor, went to KC for Thanksgiving and won first master in the local Turkey Trot in 20:49–fastest in over 2 years, caught a more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 11-9-14 to 11-15-14

My race season officially ended this week with the Rev 3 Half in Florida on Sunday.  After 4 days of beautiful weather, Mother Nature decided to make us work for it by giving us rain, wind, current, puddles and a sandbar to walk over while swimming.  Being literally at sea level, the course was super-fast which made it a little more bearable with the weather. My plan after the race more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 11-2-14 to 11-8-14

Continuing with my theme of ‘catching up’, here is my training log during the week leading up to my race…. 11/2:  Watched the NYC marathon! Waited for it to warm up then headed out on my bike for the last long ride before my half ironman.  48.65 miles. 11/3: 4 miles @ 7:52 average before work.  Weights/core after work. 11/4:  REST DAY!  Loved it! 11/5:  5 miles with friends at 0500!  more » Read more