Catnip’s training logs – 2.21 & 2.28.16

Enjoyed some nice weather with JB playing on the playground. I've been wearing the Salty hoodie almost constantly since I got it!
Enjoyed some nice weather with JB playing on the playground. Other than work, I’ve been wearing the Salty hoodie almost constantly since I got it!

These past couple weeks have been packed with activity so I missed posting last week’s log! Time to catch up!

Last week was a bit of a cutback, with a decrease in mileage and shorter, less intense workouts. I definitely need a cutback week about once a month, mostly for the mental break, but I sometimes find it hard to get back into the swing of miles the following week. Unfortunately a GI bug hit me on Tuesday, screwing up my momentum but only briefly: Finished the week with quick tempo run and a solid long run.

I love completing a solid month of training, miles and workouts all checked off neatly on the calendar. And I also love turning to a new month with new challenges. 8 weeks until the Glass City Marathon!

Week ending 2.21:

Monday: 3.5 miles @ 8:46 pace early in the morning. I was really dreading getting on the treadmill in the evening so I decided this cutback week was a good time for a bit of extra rest so I went to bed instead!

Tuesday: 7 miles @ 7:40 average. Got a late start but ran 6x 2 minutes hard with 2 minutes jog rest. I’m cautious of doing workouts like this on the treadmill so the paces were fairly conservative, 10.0-10.3 mph (6:00-5:49/mi pace).

Wednesday: 9 mi @ 8:19 average after donuts with JB since we survived his 2-year well check. For some reason even getting measured and weighed scared him.

Thursday: 10 miles @ 6:58 average. Progression run – I love doing progression runs on the treadmill! So much control over the pace! I wore my watch to take splits and was really pleased with the result: 8:50 7:51 7:19 7:01 6:54 6:43 6:37 6:24 6:13 6:03! (Note: ever since recovering from plantar fasciitis I no longer run with any incline on the treadmill to reduce possible strain on my calves.)

Friday: 6 miles @ 9:05 with JB in the stroller after baby gymnastics. Super windy! At one point the stroller came to a complete stop due to the headwind on a downhill. My shoulders were sore the next day. Then 3 miles @ 8:07  in the evening on the treadmill.

Saturday: 14 miles @ 7:54 at the MRTT group run, although I ran solo. Felt short!

Sunday: 9 @ 8:24 with a friend the second half!

total = 61 miles

Week ending 2.28:

Monday: Took the day off from work and was able to do one run outside! 7.3 @ 8:18 average, then 3.3 @ 8:27 in the evening.

Tuesday: Ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill, then a dead sprint up the stairs to the bathroom. That’s it. Considered getting a toilet installed in the basement.

Wednesday: 11.3 @ 8:11 pace while JB slept. Much better! Considered doing Tuesday’s workout but legs felt a bit tired.

Thursday: 10 miles @ 7:27 including 25 minutes tempo averaging 6:12! No bathroom breaks and legs felt great! Unfortunately, upon trekking to the bathroom during my cooldown I discovered that the dishwasher had flooded the kitchen. Adulthood!

Friday: 7.2 @ 8:24 pace early afternoon after the plumber’s visit (JB learned new vocabulary: plumber, tool, wrench, pipe), then 3.3 @ 8:32 in the evening.

Saturday: 20 miles! Ran a very short warmup then a mile at marathon pace by feel (6:29 – pretty good for so early in the run!). Spent the next several miles trying to back off the pace from 7:5X’s into the 8:00+ range and wasn’t really successful. Then ran 2 miles at the end at marathon pace feel in 6:46 (headwind), 6:18 (turned around halfway). These felt discouragingly hard and I was tempted to just jog it in, but I tried repeating to myself, “I do hard things,” until I got a rhythm (coincidentally when I turned out of the headwind – ha!). Happy with how this turned out!

Sunday: 10.2 @ 8:10 early before my USATF-Ohio meeting. Felt pretty tired, but that’s marathon training for you!

total = 74.1 miles

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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