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

Vanilla’s Training Log 10-19-14 to 11-1-14

I’ve been swamped lately, so here goes the game of catch-up! 10/19:  RNR Denver Half.  I was fortunate enough to receive a free entry, and I had a long run scheduled, so I figured I would use the race as my long run for the day.  The start line was packed, and the race started 10 minutes late!  I managed to run fairly even:  7:22/7:25/7:30/7:34–uphill/7:15/7:17/7:39–uphill/7:24/7:12/7:28/7:23/7:29/7:38–slight uphill into headwind.  It was definitely a different more » Read more

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