Jasmine’s training log – Pittsburgh through [the day after] Memorial Day

I’d say let’s pick up the Monday after the race, but I got nothing… I guess  except a quick bike to get ice cream. Basically it was on the sidewalk so I didn’t get killed on the streets in Michigan (where bikes and pedestrians are pests). Basically it doesn’t count. So we’ll start the first weekend. Quick dirty (and boring). Hey it can’t always be interesting. Weekend: Pittsburgh + 1 more » Read more

Juniper’s Training Log – 05.24.2015

I’m baaaaack! Wow, it has been a crazy 6 weeks for this Salty, but things are finally starting to slow down. Though I’ve been lax in the log department, I’ve still kept up my training. Between grad work, moving, work, and track, I’ve needed to maintain my workout schedule as much as possible in order to retain my sanity. This was the last of my “crazy” weeks, and though my more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — week ending 5.24.15

I made it through my final taper week with some valuable lessons learned, and hit my “A- goal” in my marathon on Sunday.  One year into serious training, I am still figuring out what works best for my body.  This season, I learned that a three week taper is too long for me, and two weeks would be better, at least in a solid season like this one where I felt more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-24-15

We’re getting down to the wire. I’m three weeks out from my spring marathon. This coming week will be my last quality week before taper. Come Friday night, I will have wrapped up all of the difficult parts of training. This past week, I focused on solidifying my goals and rebounding back from my less than stellar workout at the Cleveland half marathon. Monday: 5 miles easy. Tuesday: 5.5 miles more » Read more

Basil’s Training and Racing (while Injured) Log- 5.24.2015

It’s been a peak and valley, roller coaster of a week. On Monday, I completed my first track workout in 10 months, nailed my target paces and left feeling “the fire”, ready to race again. On Tuesday, I had an MRI with a steroid injection. On Wednesday and Thursday, my hip hurt worse than usual and my runs felt uncomfortable and slow. On Friday, I received the initial results of more » Read more

Oregano’s Training Log – 5.23.2015

Tapering! Tapering!! I got a full dose of the the tapering crazies this week. I know it’s always bad, but knowing that and experiencing it are two different things. Fortunately work was really busy, so I didn’t have a ton of free time to dwell on my left hamstring which is unexpectedly sore at certain angles or my right ankle which is also being weird, or the fact that I feel slow, more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-19-15 to 4-25-15

Sunday, April 19th was the New Orleans 70.3.  I had been focused on this race for a few months, and I was excited to race at sea level (below sea level).  I was a little nervous since I hadn’t swam in open water since November + the first race of the year (regardless of the sport) is always doubtful for me. The forecast called for downpours of rain, so we more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.17.15

The last training week of my 30’s came and went. I had a cutback in mileage, with 2 fartleks and a race on tap. The workouts went fine, but the race … well. Not so much. I should know better by now, but for some reason I thought I’d want to race the 10k at the Rite Aid Cleveland races. As far as larger regional marathons go, this one just more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-17-15

Four weeks to go, two weeks until taper. This past week was interesting. I made it through a 15 day running streak with some of my highest mileage totals ever. I kept any questionable pain at bay and even had a solid track workout on Tuesday. However, Sunday really played with my body and mind at the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon. I am grateful for the experience, a little more » Read more

Oregano’s Training Log – 5.16.2015

Apologies for the no picture and the boring training log. The week was full of meetings, and stress over my neighbors getting a sub-woofer (Oh neighbor problems. . .I need to move to a cabin in the woods!). I cut down on mileage this week due to being 2-weeks out from my 50k (start of the taper), and also due to an unwise workout on Wednesday (see below for details). more » Read more

Caper’s Taper Training Log 5.17.2015

Tapering is supposed to be fun. Some of my running friends say it is their favorite part of the training cycle. “The hay is in the barn,” so you rest, and avoid injury, so that you can reap the rewards from months of hard work. I know these things are true, and so I taper. But I don’t particularly like it. My running body obsessively clings to routine and does more » Read more

Basil’s Boston Recovery Log – 5.10.2015

It’s been three weeks since I swore off marathons and admitted to (kind of sort of) despising my Boston Marathon experience. And, in a not so shocking development, it took less than three weeks for race amnesia to set in and for me to begin scheming about my next marathon! My hip continues to bother me and cause discomfort, but not so much that it keeps me from running. I more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.3.15 and 5.10.15

I’m still stuck in my running purgatory: not out of shape, but not exactly PR-ready either. Sometimes I get mad at my old self for setting the bar so darn high. How’d I ever do any of that, I wonder often. As time goes on, I accept this state. My goals for myself and the role of running in my life are changing and I honestly don’t know what they more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — 5.10.15

Two weeks out from my spring marathon, I am almost giddy to be near the end of the first training cycle where my body mostly accepted and responded to regular training and did not leave me frequently in fear of injury. During the past week, the first of my taper, I had two productive sessions of speed work (an area where my training has been lacking): mile repeats at a more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-10-15

Nothing glamorous here this week. I didn’t even feel like taking a picture. I’m actually feeling quite tired and cranky, which is to be expected after another week of 50+ miles and workouts. This is the reality of marathon training. In a way, I like the grinding away at the pavement, the soreness of hard work, but after a while it does get a little old and longing for the more » Read more