Jasmine’s Training Update: Back in the USA

Alright folks. I owe you an update. In fact I owe you several weeks of updates, this is just a teaser. For the last few weeks I’ve owed Salty an article… something… anything. I’ve kind of been stuck because I don’t know what to write. So I’m just going to dive right in from where I am right now. Coming up in the not-too-distant future will be some features on what more » Read more

An Inside Look in the Hottest Trend in Group Exercise: Treadmill Studios!

Runners are, shall we say, opinionated about treadmills. Ask any runner, from marathoner to gym rat, and they’ll tell you they either love ‘em or hate ‘em. (There are certainly plenty of Salty opinions here.) Now, these once maligned machines are enjoying a moment in the sun. Owing to the overwhelming popularity of group fitness classes like spinning, boot camp, and barre variety, runners are now getting their own boutique experience. more » Read more

Honey Training Log 4.5.15

With an insanely busy spring that combines working extra hours with a couple big races, I’ve been wondering about how I can maximize my training. I’m thinking the answer is in the Rule of Three. Three workouts that is. One speed workout, one tempo run, and one long run. Monday/Tuesday – Sloppy weather and after work meetings made me take a couple of rest days. Wednesday – Speed. 1.5 mi warmup, three sets of more » Read more

WTH? Warm Down to Maximize Testosterone Production!

Every runner, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, is familiar with the terms “warm-up” and “cool down.” But what about the “warm-down”? Yes, that’s actually a thing, and if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. A warm-down should take place after a hard workout is over, but before you cool-down. While working out, the body not only produces that lovely burning lactic acid, but also testosterone. Yup, more » Read more

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

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

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

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

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 11.9.2014 Jasmine’s training log 1.4.2015 Jasmine Training Log 9.28.2014 Jasmine Training 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

Jasmine’s Training Log – 2.22.15

I’m stressed, so this week I’ll post a little different kind of log. Hint: nothing interesting happened on the running front this week. I did 70 miles and had an “I don’t feel like it” day where I got off of the treadmill to put out the trash and didn’t get back on. Here is the rest of the story in pictures. Related PostsJasmine’s training log 11.23.2014 Jasmine’s Training Log: more » Read more

Jasmine’s treadmill training log 2.15.2015

I’ve come to accept that Pittsburgh isn’t going to be the big ass-whooping race I wanted it to be, and that’s fine. Between moving, new job and travel I just have to accept that it just isn’t going to happen. I can already count the training days I’m expecting to miss on my calendar and stressing over looking for runnable road near Charles de Gaulle Airport to use for an hour on April more » Read more

Jasmine’s Training on the Treadmill Log – 2.8.15

What’s it like for a sub-elite runner training almost exclusively on a treadmill?  This training cycle we’re featuring Jasmine as she works toward a sub-3-hour marathon by hitting the ‘mill instead of hitting the road! I just got back from a stressful weekend in Michigan. If you’ve been following along, you’ve read about me taking a new job in the suburbs of Detroit, which adds a whole new challenge in more » Read more