Ginkgo’s Training Log 8.24.14

This week was all about going outside of my comfort zone. Not necessarily in miles run. Not necessarily in pushing my pace or getting on the track to do intervals. Rather, to begin making running more ‘social’ again and check in on the reality of why I am doing it. I have to be honest with myself and make sure I’m not becoming a running machine simply to maintain a more » Read more

Intro to Intervals

As an “adult-onset” competitive runner (to borrow Salty’s phrase), I am admittedly a newbie in regard to the best use of interval running to achieve specific adaptations leading to performance gains.  Every coach has their favorite interval workouts, and the intricacies of each involve targeting specific physiologic effects I am only just starting to understand.  However, I recently completed USA Track & Field Level One Coaching School, and the introduction more » Read more

Acclimate to Summer Heat to Improve Performance in Fall Races

Most runners loathe running in the heat.  Don’t even talk to us about humidity.  It sucks.  We hate it.  We do everything we can do avoid it.  With very few exceptions, the only runners I know who enjoy the heat are short distance runners (5k and under).  Above that distance, most of us cringe (and complain excessively) when we see a weather forecast with warm summer temps and thick summer more » Read more

Weight, What? Gaining Weight During Marathon Training

Did you know that when training for a distance race it’s extremely common, if not expected, for a runner to gain weight? If you’re anything like me, the goal of losing pounds in the name of getting down to race weight may often entice you to lace up your sneakers. But now, a few weeks of solid training have come and gone, and those mocking, digitized numbers on the scale more » Read more

Don’t Chase The Pace: Exertion-Based Training

In keeping with the theme of tips for heat-wave training, I think summer time is a perfect opportunity to work on running by exertion level.  Heat and humidity can often confound attempts to stick to a specific pace, and can leave you feeling you have failed if you didn’t nail all your splits.   Also, trying to push through your workout and keep to your prescribed paces on a hot day more » Read more

What I’ve Learned From Running With My GPS Watch

I treated myself to my Garmin 405 almost 5 years ago. Coincidentally or not, that fall I PR’ed in the 5k by almost a minute and knocked almost 7 minutes off my half marathon time within the next year. No, the GPS did not make me faster (I think that can be attributed largely to consistent 80+ mile weeks.) Instead, while some runners swear by ditching the GPS to run more » Read more

Shuffling Schedules for Busy Runners

I get it. You’re busy, like can’t-take-a-shower, did-I-brush-my-teeth busy. Or, maybe all you are busy with is healing after an illness or injury. Whatever the case, missing runs during a training cycle is normal and expected, but how does one re-arrange his or her schedule to retain fitness? How long is too long to take off before giving up your goals? Is it possible or advisable to make up these more » Read more

Goal-Setting Alternatives to Time- and Mileage-focused Objectives

On Tuesday, Lemongrass discussed SMART goal making, and this got me thinking about goals. Chances are that if you are a runner, you, like me, have some specific goal numbers in your mind. I’d bet serious money than many of those numbers end in :59  or are a nice round integer like 30, 45,  or (gasp) 100 for the week. There’s always that one special number with that cruel .2 dangling off the back. more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Baby Story

“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising […] and the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.” -Alysia Montano, after running an 800-meter at the USATF championships in Sacramento at 34 weeks pregnant. Alysia Montano, an American middle-distance runner and five-time USA Outdoor Champion who has conquered the 800 meter distance in a sizzling 1:57.34 more » Read more

The Smart Runner Girl’s Guide to SMART Goals

All of the World Cup craziness lately has me thinking about goals. In soccer, it’s easy to see whether or not you’ve achieved your goal: your team wins, the crowd goes crazy (or in the case of the U.S. your team loses to Germany and the crowd still goes crazy), and the commentators infamously scream, “GOOAAAAL!” But how can runners achieve that same sense of pride if we don’t win more » Read more