Juniper’s Training Log – 03.29.2015

March is almost over and it’s officially Spring. If you’re from Cleveland or anywhere near it, then you know both of these things mean absolutely nothing! But I’m a die-hard CLE runner, and those arctic spring temps got nothin’ on me…and my many, many layers of insulated clothing. Monday: CrossFit This was one of those workouts where I left a little disappointed. We did power cleans, and I doubted my more » Read more

Deadlift Dos and Don’ts for Runners

Do you deadlift? It may well be one of the single best exercises for runners, and if you don’t, you should! Most runners could benefit from strengthening their posterior chain – the muscles in the back of us like our glutes and hamstrings. These help propel us forward, and are necessary for good speed and stability while running. The deadlift can also help with core strength and stability. Mastering it more » Read more

Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more

Jasmine’s Training Log — Live from Belgium Week — 3.15.2015

  Travel wasn’t on my list when I signed up for the elite starting line of the Pittsburgh Marathon. While I’m trying to stay on track  to make this another sub-3 performance, it is not going to be the massive ass-whooping I was worried it would be. On flat, snowless, outdoor terrain, my easy pace is now well into the mid and low 7-min-mile range, and the mileage isn’t leaving me more » Read more

Racing Superstitions: What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

Luck. Juju. Magic. We runners tend to be a ritualistic bunch. Chances are that your race day essentials include not only safety pins and Bodyglide, but some kind of lucky charm, whether it’s a part of your outfit, a particular pre-race tradition or just a talisman you have on hand. A little pre-race superstition never hurt anyone, right? Sassafras and I have teamed up this week to discuss the use more » Read more

Tri-Curious? Go for an Indoor Tri!

At one point in your running life I bet you thought you were a strictly one sport kind of girl. But maybe you got injured and had to spend some time on a bike or in the pool which got you thinking that maybe, just maybe, you might enjoy a triathlon. But then you never got up the nerve to actually do one. Until now that is! Enter the indoor more » Read more

Basil’s Portlandia Training Log – 3-8-2015

This week was a cut-back week for me, and should have been super easy. Buuuuut notsomuch. It was more of a freak out week. And those fun little emails from the BAA saying “only 42 more days until Boston!” didn’t do my already anxious little heart any favors. I’m at the stage where I’m not excited about the race, so much as I am scared out of my pants that more » Read more

The One Where I Broke up with Marathons

Salties, break ups are hard to do. But sometimes even your favourite relationships become unhealthy and destructive and turn you into a crazy person. I became a crazy person. So this last week, in the middle of the Durban Marathon, I broke up with marathons and ultrarunning, so that I could become less loopy and more mellow. I think my family needs it. Who am I kidding? Hell, I need it! more » Read more

Jasmine’s Live-From-Belgium Training Log – 3.8.2015

If you’ve been following along with my training, you know I committed to training to PR (sub-2:58) at the Pittsburgh Marathon this May. When I registered for the race I assumed the biggest obstacle to my success would be my inability to tolerate the cold of outdoor running in the winter. Well, running the vast majority of miles on the treadmill seems completely insignificant to changing jobs and moving to more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Are You Competitive? If not, why not?

I had to delete Words With Friends from my phone.  My competitive nature didn’t allow me to go easy on anyone who wasn’t as formidable as I, and when I did find worthy opponents I would…well to put it mildly, I’d get shouty when I wasn’t winning. It’s pretty rare that a mid-30’s mid-packer like me will be vying for even the most humble award, so I don’t generally consider more » Read more

Training Log in Michigan, week one 3.1.2015

It was another stressful week, so let’s go with the pictures again. Monday I started a new job at Melexis. It was six below zero, I didn’t have the gym thing worked out and I had to do the pretend to be a professional, so I cashed in my “get out of running free” card. Related PostsJasmine’s Training Log – 8.31.2014 Jasmine’s training log 12.14.2014 Jasmine’s Training Log – 9.21.2014 more » Read more

Make Both Performance and Process Goals to Achieve Running Success

This week I begin a 15 week training cycle for the Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, to be held on June 14th, 2015 in Iowa. I happened to stumble across this marathon when doing a Google search for “spring marathons in Iowa.” Why Iowa? A good friend of mine lives there and I thought it would be nice to come visit and run somewhere new. This will be just the third more » Read more

Get Faster and Avoid Injury: Slow Down Your Easy Days!

So, the last time you heard from me, I preached the gospel of taking time for not running to improve your running. I’m not done suggesting counterintuitive stuff! Indeed, today I’m going to talk about running slower in order to race faster. What the heck?! I used to be a consistent 21-22 minute 5k runner through college, eventually progressing to break 18:00 at the age of 26 and run 16:56 at 30. I made more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Heart Rate Training

Even with my crazy heart condition, I never ever used a heart rate monitor in training. Lately, though, I’m starting to think now is the time. For the past 4 years I have done pace-based training; every workout I did had a prescribed pace, which meant I was a slave to the watch. In being so pace-focused, I feel like I’ve lost a sense of what the right effort is for more » Read more

Juniper’s Training Log – 03.01.2015

This week was a proverbial roller coaster of training shenanigans and emotions. It did not start out the way I had planned/hoped, but luckily it ended splendidly. Monday was my 4th CrossFit class and it was, in my eyes, an epic failure. Of course I’m being very hard on myself, and my coach doesn’t think it was as bad as I thought it was, but I’m sure many of you more » Read more