Catnip’s training log – 2.14.16

Seventy-seven miles on the treadmill this week.

Between weather and scheduling the treadmill was my only option for running and although it can be boring, I am so grateful to have this tool in my house! I’ve closed the vents in the basement so it’s a perfect 55 degrees down there and my phone is loaded with podcasts. This week I learned about gene editing, the “Frikis” of Cuba, and of course all the details of Adnan Syed’s new hearing! I’ve also downloaded a few audiobooks on my Overdrive app for this coming week since it doesn’t look like winter’s over yet.

Enough about my entertainment – let’s talk about the training! This was my first week on my coach’s plan that will lead me to (fingers crossed) a 2:50 finish at the Glass City Marathon in April. I’ve just been doing one hard workout per week recently so I was nervous about stepping it up to two and running one of the workouts at a quicker pace — especially on the treadmill.

I’m not sure if I’ve been underestimating myself or whether my treadmill calibration is off, but I exceeded my expectations, nailing both workouts, completing all scheduled miles, and feeling fairly fresh to boot!

Monday: 3.5 @ 8:48 pace at 5:15 in the morning. Woke up from a bad dream at 3 am and finally gave up on getting back to sleep. Felt a little off during the run and a little queasy at work until about 4 pm. By the time it was time to get on the treadmill again (7 mi @ 8:29) I felt great. Strange!

Tuesday: 8 miles @ 7:14 overall average including some “kilometers” and “400s” on the treadmill. Instead of doing the arithmetic with mileage on the treadmill display, I converted the workout to 3:50 hard/3:10 jog recovery, then 90 sec/90 sec. I usually advise against running faster than half marathon-10k pace on the treadmill so I was a little apprehensive about this and especially excited when it went smoothly!

Wednesday: 11 miles @ 8:21 pace.

Thursday: 10 miles @ 7:23 overall average including 25′ tempo averaging 6:15. Broke it into 5 minute sections increasing the pace each time. I told myself that between 10-25 minutes would be the most challenging but that was where I started to feel smooth!

Friday: 7 miles @ 8:28 pace, then 3 miles @ 8:26 before bed.

Saturday: 18 miles @ 8:03 average on the treadmill. Seriously. A tight schedule (mid-day meeting) combined with past hypothermia experience made this the best choice. Listened to some good podcasts and planned a break around 11 miles since my treadmill stops after 99 minutes anyway. Threw in a 6:40 at miles 11 and 17 and let myself roll under 8 min pace in the last 7. Then straight to the refrigerator followed by a shower and on with the day!

Sunday: Freezing again in the morning and my parents were in town so opted for some Cuban French toast instead. Got on the treadmill in the afternoon for 6.8 until JB woke up and ran another 3 in the evening to complete the day’s scheduled 9+.

Total = 77.3 miles with some good quality!

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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  1. I had a serious brush with frostbite a couple years ago, so I also have a healthy fear of cold temps. I did most of my miles on the TM last week too, but I felt guilty (is this ridiculous?) and attempted my 18 on Friday outside in -2 windchill. I made it 13 and hit the mill for the remainder. I thought for sure that I froze my nose again. Luckily, it thawed without damage. What mileage do you expect to top out at for this training cycle? How do you keep yourself healthy through those high mileage weeks? I’m headed into some high mileage weeks– my highest ever– and looking for tips. Excited to follow your training and to read your race report in April. Best of luck!!!

    1. Hi Amy! I’ve done the same thing with long runs – sometimes a planned split sometimes unplanned! I imagine it’s even harder in MN!

      I think my training plans maxes out just over 80. Pre-baby I ran a lot more (topped out at 111 mpw and averaged 85+ miles for the year before becoming pregnant) but this is right for me right now.

      As far as staying healthy I don’t do any of the typical stuff…No ice baths, rolling, stretching, cross training. My biggest tips are keeping the easy paces on really slow, building in complete breaks for recovery a couple times a year, and making sure to have a big mileage base. But I think I’m also lucky to have a body that’s very durable in the first place.

      What are you training for?

      1. Training to run sub-3 at Fargo in May. I used to consider myself very durable, too. Then I turned 40 last May and I tweaked my knee during an easy 15. I hobbled around for nearly two months. Now I’m feeling all sorts of aches and niggles I’ve never experienced, so I’m being very cautious during this mileage build up. I’ll be topping out somewhere in the 70s as long as my body cooperates.

        Thanks for your response!