Caper’s Week 8 Boston Marathon Training Log

I don’t know how long the stars will stay aligned, but I am savoring this moment.  For my first marathon cycle ever, everything is clicking in my training.  Also, the new running watch I got this week has given me estimates and predictions that are keeping me motivated.  On top of that, my legs actually feel good.  Here’s how the week went: Monday – 5 recovery paced miles on treadmill more » Read more

Sage’s Training Log: 1.31.2016

It’s already week 7 of half marathon training program! I faithfully followed the Hansons Half Marathon Program, but dropped off day six of running. I think six days/week running is too much for me; my left knee is bothering me, which, in the past, has meant increasing mileage or pace too quickly. So I may compromise and run five days/week and add back in my swimming for active recovery day. This week: Monday: more » Read more

Caper’s Week 7 Boston Marathon Training Log — 1.31.16

During week 7 of Boston marathon training, I experimented with putting my interval workout midweek and stacking my marathon pace and “long run” days back to back to provide maximum recovery days the rest of the week.  This worked well for me, allowing me to go hard on my hard days and run more total miles of speed work without feeling on the knife’s edge of injury.  I also enjoyed more » Read more

Mile Training: Spend Time on Speed

Speed-work: we do it to train for every race distance. It’s our chance to practice running at our target race pace, taking on the challenge in small pieces before stringing it together into a race on our big day. I thought I had plenty of experience with hard speed workouts training for the 5K and the10K, but I was completely unprepared for mile race speed-work. For mile training, speed work more » Read more

On Making Comparisons: Your Mileage May Vary

This week, I posted my first training log with a little bit of hesitation. You might look at my training and think it’s a lot. But sadly, I look at it and think it doesn’t compare to what my peers are doing. It’s the Internet’s fault. I’ll be scrolling through other runners’ Twitter, Instagram, or blogs and suddenly come across posts/photos/workouts that make me feel really bad about myself. How can more » Read more

Treadmill Tip of the Week: Going Long, Baby

Did you hear? Spring training started. Spring MARATHON training, that is! Boston, the Eugene Marathon, and the Avenue of the Giants Marathon (to name a few of my personal favorites) amongst many others are on the calendar in less than 16 weeks, a standard length for many marathon training programs. If tempo runs are the bread and butter of your training plan, the long run is the meat (or tofu, if that’s how you swing). It’s the solid, sustained effort of more » Read more

Caper’s Week 6 Boston Marathon Training Log — 1.24.2016

  This was a week of contrasts. I ran in sunny Florida, through the beginning of a blizzard in CT and through a patchwork of snow and ice after three feet was dumped on NYC. I loved every minute of it. Monday – 6.8 miles, with 2×800 (7:17/176 bpm; 7:16/173 bpm) with 60 sec rests. Planned to do 8×800 but my watch died at the end of the second interval, more » Read more

Dill’s Training Log 1.18.16 thru 1.24.16

This was week three of no actual training plan and I actually had a pretty great week!  I stuck with my goal of doing one strength related exercise a day, squeezed in a few group exercise classes and had some great runs.  This week also served as great reminder of why I need to stop looking at my watch so much.  I made a point of trying to run by more » Read more

Treadmill Tip of the Week: 4 Boredom-Busting Tempo Workouts

Tempo runs are the bread and butter of many training plans. The basic tempo run is usually a sustained effort somewhere between 15-minutes and an hour at anywhere between 10k and marathon pace. Sustained one-pace tempo runs are great … unless you are stuck on the treadmill, which turns sweet innocent sustained one-pace tempos into torture. While most everyone agrees the number one problem we encounter when we move our more » Read more

Treadmill Tip of the Week: Treadmill Run Checklist

Yes, we’re hardcore, but sometimes even the most hardcore outdoors obsessed runner finds herself with no reasonable alternative but to run on the treadmill. This season, for me it’s a combination of the weather and a lack of childcare for my three-year-old that make me very thankful for the treadmill in my garage and I am running on it more than I ever have. Not too long ago I would have more » Read more

How to Train to Race a Mile: Start with Stamina

When most of us distance runners think about how to train to race a mile, we think speed, speed, and more speed! Compared to a marathon a mile is a very short race, but like a good marathon race, a good mile race requires training that balances speed, strength, and stamina. Lest you think forgoing marathons for miles means low mileage and nothing but short speed workouts on the track, more » Read more

Molasses Training Log – 1.10.16

Not the best training week, but not awful either. It was pretty easy, the first week of taper. I’m having more pre-race anxiety about the Houston Marathon than I think I’ve had about any race before now; I’m trying so hard to turn my nervousness it into a good thing like Salty did, but I’ve got the I-didn’t-train-enough!!! jitters, big time. Sassafras has Anxiety Girl, and I’m just left being more » Read more

Dill’s Training Log 12.14.15 thru 01.10.16

Oh Dill.  Where have you been? Well, I’ve been here.  I’ve been running.  I’ve not been running.  I’ve been in a funk.  I’ve been sad because sad thing are happening to people I love.  I’ve made some changes. I think I have a plan going forward.  Let’s see what I’ve been up to shall we? 12.14.15 – 12.20.15 Monday – rest day – got a sports massage, had him work more » Read more

Caper’s Week 4 Boston Marathon Training Log – 1.10.2015

I am in a sweet spot of marathon training, getting in three good workouts and running almost 60 miles, while having legs that finished the week feeling fresh. Here’s how it went: Monday 1/5 – planned day off after traveling late the night before. Tuesday 1/6 – 9 miles in Central Park in windy, 28 degree weather, with 10×2 mins hard, with jog recoveries for the first set of five more » Read more

Forget Marathons: I’m Racing the Mile

For many runners, especially those adult-onset runners who catch the running bug later in life, it’s all about the marathon. It’s a lofty aspiration, a great topic of conversations at cocktail parties, and well worth its place on the bucket list. The marathon, however, is not on my bucket list. While my big dream running goal might not impress anyone around the office water cooler, it’s more intense than a more » Read more