A few weeks ago, watching the USATF Indoor Track Championships with my leg propped up recovering from surgery on my injured hamstring, I found it ironic that I was drinking a beer from my 2018 Houston Marathon Finishers mug. That was the last marathon I ran fully healthy, where I “shoulda, coulda, wish I woulda” qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon coming up this weekend. Instead, I crashed and burned both physically and mentally before I even hit 10 miles. I was left reeling for months, pondering the end of my competitive running career. Read more >>
I’m spending the spring training for shorter distances, even foregoing the chance to run the Boston Marathon again to do so. I’ve been training hard for this short distance stuff. I raced a 5K on January 1st, but hydrating with champagne and fueling with chocolate-orange challah the night before proved a sub-optimal strategy. The Run for Refugees 5K would be the first real test of the new training approach. Read more >>
Whew! Those two weeks flew by. If I had to sum them up in three words, I would go with “constant schedule shuffle”. I moved my workouts around quite a bit, but (mostly) got them in.
It’s been awhile since I wrote a training log. Like, since March? I’ve been doing plenty of running and I’ve published quite a few race reports, but maybe it’s time to fill in a few details, at least about what I’ve been up to since the Chicago Marathon on October 13th.
Before switching over to 10K training, I wanted to run one last longer race, the Philadelphia half marathon. I love Philadelphia and a bunch of friends are going to race either the half or the full so I thought I’d tag along. The first two weeks post-Chicago were chilled out with some swimming and biking and very easy running, starting five days post-marathon. As recovery progressed, I ran a little more and started with some light workouts, until last week started to look more normal, as we transitioned to a little half marathon-specific work. Here’s the details on the past two weeks.
Week of October 28
Monday – 4 easy (9:52). This was coming off a combined post-marathon / birthday / Halloween party and felt like a run fueled by champagne and cake. Which it was.
Tuesday – 2 miles easy, 8×200 at 55-60 seconds, 200m jog recovery, 1 mile cool down. Pretty much my standard post-race track session. Usually I lead at the track. Post-marathon, I was chasing down my girlfriends.
Wednesday – Easy swim (1500 yards)
Thursday – 7 miles including strides (8:57 average, middle 5 miles around 8:35), plus a quickie strength workout. Happy Halloween!
Friday – 5 miles (9:10). I was supposed to have a couple of tempo miles in there, but we’d had a big wind storm the night before. I run early on Fridays and there was debris everywhere, including a large tree down, completely blocking the road. I ran a couple of “tempo-ish” miles and called it good.
Saturday – 14 miles, first 10 @9:00, last 4 @8:45. Last weekend, I barely managed 7 slower miles and wondered if I’d have to walk back to my car. Today 14 more upbeat miles felt fantastic. As Coach Mick says, “Recovery is a wonderful thing!”
Sunday – 4 easy (9:12). Ran in New York before watching friends run the marathon. So fun!
Weekly total: 39 miles
Week of November 4
Monday – Easy swim (1850 yards)
Tuesday – Tempo intervals at goal pace: 2 miles warm up, 4 x 1600 @7:45 w/400 jog recovery, 1 mile cool down. I ran 7:43, 7:44, 7:45, 7:41 for the 1600s. Somewhere along the line I started totally loving the track. This was super fun and even though it was also work, it was good work.
Wednesday – 4 easy (9:08)
Thursday – 8 miles, 1 mile easy, 6 @8-8:15, 1 mile easy. Coach Mick calls this “steady state pace.” I call it “annoying.” It’s more work than easy running and less fun than tempo. Somehow running 8-8:15 is just irritating. My new goal is to learn to love this pace.
Friday – 6 miles, including strides (8:58). Fridays are Girlfriend Run days, but today I missed some of the chatter because I was a little quicker than standard girlfriend pace. Gorgeous frosty fall morning regardless.
Saturday – 4 easy (8:47). Ran from the gym, then weights.
Sunday – 16 miles, first 10 @8:45, 3 @8:30, 2 @8:15, 1 easy. Coach Mick and I discussed how to structure the long runs between Chicago and Philadelphia. Ultimately we decided to go a little longer with 14 last week, 16 this week, and 14 again next week. I like this idea in theory, though mid-run I was having my doubts. Happy to have done it, though!
Weekly total: 46 miles
Hey, y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a peek at my training, but I’ve been plugging away at the miles and putting in the work. Less than a month to go until the Philly Marathon! Read more >>
T-minus four days until I start my Collegiate Trail Loop FKT attempt, and I’m drowning in logistics and unknowns. Will Collegiate West be impassable because of snow? Will I be able to get my Esbit fuel between when I arrive on Sunday and start early Monday morning? How will I get to the trail from my Airbnb Monday morning? How do I set up my InReach to track the attempt?
And then, I have trail worries too. What if I can’t make coffee? What if my tent leaks? What if a bear eats all of my food? What if I fall? What if I fail?
Ah, yes. The real question. What if I fail?
Whew. It’s been a challenging couple of weeks, with even more challenges to come. Travel has been insane and, weather permitting, the Collegiate Trail Loop FKT begins on July 29. That’s less than two weeks away … gulp!
On the planning front I’m still locking down travel logistics. Overall, I just feel really lucky to have the opportunity to spend a week and a half along the Continental Divide raising money for Girls on the Run.
After a training log hiatus, I’m going to jump back in this season. Hopefully, anyway. Starting with a pretty light log of the two three weeks post-Grandma’s Marathon. The irony is real, guys. I wrote two weeks of logs last Saturday and then was going to post on Sunday after I worked out … and then never posted. *face palm* But, it’s okay because this really my last down week so we’ll put ‘em all together!
Surprise, I did not run the day after the marathon. I had an early flight out of Duluth and left the hotel around 5 a.m. which sucked but I was home by 1 p.m. and all the afternoon fights were cancelled/delayed because of weather. (My friend had to rent a car and drive 8.5 hours home, another friend slept in O’Hare.) Got lunch with the hubs and dog and ran some errands, took Morgan on a longer walk.
For the two weeks after the race, Coach told me to do as little as I could stand to do. Literally his instructions were to run as close to zero miles as possible. I ran 6. That’s close, right?
6/24-6/30 — plan calls for 0-12 miles, did 6.
Monday – walked 2.5-3 miles with Morgan and did 20 minutes of Jasyoga.
- Tuesday – walked a couple miles with Morgan.
- Wednesday – got a massage! More walking. Taught Pilates.
- Thursday – more walking, more Pilates. Thought about running but didn’t.
- Friday – 3 miles quicker than I would’ve guessed with a friend in the morning.
- Saturday – more walking.
- Sunday – 3 miles super easy on trails with a friend, 29 minutes of Jasyoga (Booty Lock Mitigation)
7/1-7/7 — 9-15 miles as I want, did 10.
- Monday – walking and 20 minutes Jasyoga (Hip Strength & Stability plus 5 minute Hamstring Reset)
- Tuesday – 3.25 mi easy solo from home in the morning. Dewpoint has been hanging around 70, it’s like running in warm soup. Can I go back to Minnesota? 20 min Jasyoga — Preventative Medicine for Lower Legs and Feet plus Hamstring Reset
- Wednesday – walking and teaching Pilates (incorporated some Jasyoga for the Jasyoga July challenge!)
- Thursday – 4 mi easy. My plan was to do 3 miles and finish at a coffee shop and walk home but they were closed for the holiday so I ran the extra mile. Explored a creek and trail near our house with Mo.
- Friday – walking and a yoga class.
- Saturday – 3 mi easy trail run, ate a bug and got several facefuls of spider webs. Regretted not wearing my trail shoes.
- Sunday – Slept about 9 hours and walked with the dog.
7/8-7/14: 25 miles
Structure is back but still low and easy miles and lots of off days.
- Monday – Supposed to be 4 easy but went with RM and ended up with 5 moderate, felt good to get moving a little quicker. Early morning run, subbed Pilates in the evening. Had a great call with my coach to plan for fall and I’m feeling excited about the training ahead!
- Tuesday – 6 miles moderate in the evening, about the same pace/effort as Monday, treadmill watching So You Think You Can Dance. Jasyoga Hammy Time.
- Wednesday – No running, taught Pilates in the evening.
- Thursday – Slept in instead of running, had decided to take the day off and push the run to Friday (optional off day), but got home and decided to run. 6 miles moderate in the evening, treadmill watching Big Little Lies (no spoilers, I’m in season 1).
- Friday – Rest day, dog walking only.
- Saturday – 8 miles moderate with SH, hilly, felt good, minimal stoppage time. PIG ROAST ALL DAY after that. We roasted a whole pig in a pit and had 50-70 people over. 17 weeks until Indy Monumental.
- Sunday – No running, strength and Jasyoga Sunday Reset.
Hello! I’m a little behind in sharing my training because my peak weeks happened to coincide with peak work crazy. Happy to have juggling that behind me! Now, on to the deets.
“How do you fit it all in?” I’m entering the time of year where I ask myself that question a lot. Despite an increasingly full calendar and traveling for work, I got a pretty solid two weeks of training under my belt, as I recovered from the Papa John’s 10 Miler and started gearing back up for my April half marathon.
So I ran a 10 mile race last weekend! Before we get to that, I thought it might be good to give y’all a sense of what I’ve been up to, and not just in the big picture, existential life updates kinda way, but really, truly what’s been going on with my training. Let’s dive right in, shall we? Read more >>
Well, here we are! Two more weeks of training down and three weeks to go! I’ve got exactly three more big workouts and then it’s taper time. The last two weeks have gone very well with lots of easy miles and a few big quality sessions.
It’s been about three months since I published a training log, which is the first 75% of the Boston training cycle! In fact, the very last week I posted a log was the first week of Boston training. To refresh everyone’s memory, Coach Mick flagged December 10th as Boston Training Day #1. That week featured a track workout of 5x800s, some crappy weather, a not great mental attitude, and a foot that was still painful.
It seems that somehow the Boston Marathon is only 4 weeks away! *Cue minor freak-out*
I started training for Boston the first week of the year. It’s very convenient that the race is 16 weeks into the year, as 16 weeks is a fairly standard training cycle for many marathoners. Coming off of an early December marathon, I did zero speed-work or long runs during the three or so weeks leading up to the start of this training cycle. I continued with some easy miles here and there, so I definitely kept some of my fitness, but mainly my body needed a break after the marathon. I tried my best to honor that so that when it was time to start back, I was raring to go!
Since we are trying to catch up on 10 weeks of the training cycle at this point, I am definitely going to stick to the high points. I will share my weekly mileage and the details of the workouts that I did. Read more >>
The gradual resumption of normal training continues with the addition of tempo workouts on Thursdays. New England weather also continues with plenty of runs right around 20 degrees, brrrr. Unfortunately, the plague of plantar fasciitis is yet another continuation from last week. Something new? Birthdays for both Aidan and Snarky Girl! Here’s the details on the last two weeks of training.
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