Vanilla’s Training Log 3-8-15 to 3-14-15

Spring is my favorite season.  I love watching the flowers bloom, and I love that the days get longer.  I do not, however, enjoy the time change.  It has always messed with me, and it takes me about a week to acclimate.  But, I always tell myself that it’s worth it. 3/8:  4 miles pretty easy, then I met my friend, Eddie, for an easy ride of just over 32 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-1-15 to 3-7-15

It’s March already!  Time for spring!  Time for March Madness–both in basketball and in training.  This is the month to really start focusing on the New Orleans 70.3 in April! 3/1:  Still pretty cold outside, so indoors was the only option.  25 miles on the trainer + 15 miles at race pace.  It was challenging, but I got through it.  I tried not to freak out at the stats as more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-22-15 to 2-28-15

Winter hit us hard this week in Colorado! 2/22:  33.7 miles on the trainer followed by 3 miles.  Tried out my new snowshoes for 30 minutes on the trails.  What a great workout! 2/23:  Weights then easy 3 miles.  1,850m swim in the evening. 2/24:  Super tired in the morning, so I slept in.  4.5 miles with my run group in the evening.  It was a hill workout called dice more » Read more

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