Cayenne’s Training Log 7.9.17

Marathon Training Week 5

Monday: Run and strength

6 miles (8:56)

4 miles (slow treadmill)

light arms, abs

Tuesday: Quicker run 

6 miles with 6 x quarter mile fartleks (7:45)

Wednesday: Run

10 miles (7:58)

Thursday: Run

7 miles with a few strides (7:53)

light arms, abs

I did not do heavy tempo or speed this week because of a 5k I had hoped to do well in on Saturday.

Friday: X Train

Easy walk and 1 hour elliptical

Saturday: 5k

1.25 mile warm up, 5k in 19:23, 2 mile cool down

I was kind of disappointed in this race.  I had originally hoped to be in the 18’s.  I felt like I was in decent shape but unfortunately some female issues struck the day before.  As a result I had stomach issues and fatigue.    I am trying not let this race be a fitness marker, given the circumstances.  I went out at PRish pace but crashed badly.  My mile splits were 6:04, 6:23, 6:29, 5:30.

Sunday: Long run

18 miles (8:06)

I suffered in this run as well and had to stop three times, not because of heat or my legs!  My last 6 miles were the fastest (after the issues subsided) and I managed to get the average down from 8:12 to 8:06.

This was not the greatest training week but I ran the miles.  My two key runs suffered because of the time of the month.  I need to find the best and healthiest solution to this.  Hmmm…perhaps this would be a good article in the future!

Total Miles: 57

I am a dedicated runner and classical musician. I am currently chasing a sub-3 hour marathon (3:00:38 PR). I often feel like the underdog going up against "serious" runners-I took up running after college, I do not have a typical "runner's body type", and I am mostly self-coached. I travel a lot to perform with different orchestras and run when I can, where I can. I love to (over) eat and that is my number one motivation for running! Follow me as I chase my goals!

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  1. Still a solid week of training and mileage even if it didn’t feel the best.

    During that time of the month in the past, I relied heavily on upping my magnesium intake and that really helped (Dark Chocolate, dark greens, nuts, Bananas!). Also midol does more than just help cramps. While I’m not one to instantly jump to medications- I found it helped better than anything so I just go with it.

    1. Thanks-I will have to try the magnesium thing. Cramps are bad but I also get severe stomach distress during that time. For now I rely on Imodium if I am racing. That day I was completely depleted and electrolytes were off so I bonked after just a mile. It’s like racing the day of or the day after a stomach flu…not fun!