Chicory’s Training Log: 9.25.16

My first training log on Salty Running, so to backtrack a bit: I’ve basically been training for the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis since, um, mid-May. One thing about having a coach is that the line between training and not training is really blurry — I can’t say when this cycle actually started. But, I’ve been over 50 miles per week and doing speed work since May 16, so let’s just go with that.

I’m also a certified Pilates instructor and I typically teach twice a week, although the schedule seems to keep changing and I keep getting asked to sub, so it changes.

This week was a post-race recovery week for me — I raced a 5k last Tuesday and a half-marathon last Saturday. My recovery week mileage is now higher than my max mileage from a year ago. WHOA. And it was a good week for recovery because my schedule was off-kilter

Monday: Still hot and humid here. Hopped on the treadmill but only had time for 4 of my 6 miles for the day before I needed to do a Pilates demo for a Learn to Exercise class. I thought about skipping the last 2 but instead got back on the treadmill I am compulsive. 6 miles, 49:43.

Tuesday: No speedwork this week, all easy milage, so an 8 easy from home in the morning and a massage in the afternoon. 8 miles, 69:00.

Wednesday: Work meeting early, so I ran at 5:40 a.m. Dark when I started, dark when I finished. Another 8 mile day, a solid 10 seconds per mile faster than the day before — progress. I had my regular Pilates class to teach that night — we finished a multi-week focus on rolling motions, so rolling like a ball, roll over, roll up, straight-leg rocker, open-leg rocker and seal. 8 miles, 68:22.

Thursday: Couldn’t run in the morning because sleep, ended up doing 10 on the treadmill (2 more than planned) before teaching Pilates Strength (a nice 45-minute mix of core, arms and legs). 10 miles, 81:36.

Friday: I intended to get up and run early in the morning, but I didn’t. Treadmill day number three for the week! The heat index was 92* and I just couldn’t. I’m re-watching Covert Affairs and that plus air conditioning was way more appealing. 6 miles, 50:50.

Saturday: Another weird schedule day. Normally my long run day, but my bestie was visiting from out-of-state so I switched days so I could run long with her. My Saturday run partner cancelled last minute, but then another friend texted right after that so I met her instead. Easy 7, 57:55.

Sunday: Super day for company! Two best friends! But 68*, hella humid and a dew point of 65 in the morning. Started solo for 2 miles, picked up one friend, ran 6 miles, picked up other friend, ran 6 miles, dropped off second friend, ran 3 miles, dropped off first friend, ran 3 miles. We call this a “school bus run” when you’re making multiple stops for people to get on and off the “bus.”

Coach had scheduled 16-20 with an optional 4-6 miles of progression at the end, but I had a lot of discretion to rein it back in if I wasn’t feeling recovered from last week’s race(s).

Fortunately, I felt great. Progression bit 7:44, 7:28, 7:13 and 6:53. This was another glycogen depletion run, teaching my body to utilize fat stores (and hopefully prevent bonking). Gel before but just water and electrolyte supplements during. 20 miles, 2:40:29.

Totals: 65 miles run, 2 Pilates classes taught.

Started running in my early 20s and ended up running my first marathon 15 months later. Managed to break 3 hours in my 12th marathon. Pilates instructor passionate about the importance of your powerhouse in running and the mind/body connection. One husband, zero kids, mama to one Australian Shepherd.

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  1. Love the term “school bus run” – we frequently do that, especially when one training buddy is coming back from pregnancy or illness or someone is not training for a full marathon. Requires some serious planning though!

    1. Yes! It doesn’t always work. But after 10 years, I’ve gotten pretty good at my time and distance predictions and usually arrive right on time! It also really breaks things up.