Chili’s Training Log: 06.19 – 06.25.17

Intention for the week: To have a solid week of training in prep for 2 upcoming races: The first “All-Comer’s” meet of the season and the annual Butte to Butte 10k. Never mind that I’m running 1600 on the track one day and then a road 10k five days later….Easy peasy!

Who runs a mile track race and a hilly road 10k just five days apart? Crazy Eugene runners do!!!

Monday, June 19th: Completely off. And I needed it! Yesterday’s race which, in actuality, was 5 miles of pure suffering (run, obnoxiously, way above threshold), has taken it’s toll on the old bod. I was happy to be able to go on a nice dog walk and call it good! I wonder if doing a race so  strategically “badly” has a positive training effect? Please say yes!

Tuesday, June 20th: Six miles total. Workout began with a 2-mile warm-up followed by 4 X 400 @ 10k pace with 200m jog recovery- all on the track. Then, over to the trail for 2 X 1000 @ 10k pace with 200 slow JR in between sets. End the workout with 2 X 200 on the track with a one mile cool down with the dog. Solid workout.

Wednesday, June 21: Happy Summer Solstice! I celebrated with 5 easy miles (what I refer to as a “dog-jog”).

Thursday, June 22: Practice the notorious hills (uphill and downhill) of the Butte to Butte race.  Ran 3.5 miles total for less volume/more intensity.

Friday, June 23: Four miles easy with the dog.

Saturday, June 24: Total mileage was 7.5 miles. Pretty darn hot in Eugene on this day, even with an early start. Warm-up was 2.5 miles followed by a mixture of flat tempo miles and hills. A good “race simulation” for Butte to Butte.

Sunday, June 24:  Three very easy miles.

Weekly mileage total: 29 miles.

I want to add that I did four full-on Bulletproof workouts within the week and this week’s strength workouts kicked my butt ( a mixture of lateral lunges, curtsy lunges, one-legged dead lifts etc…). Honestly, not a day passed where I wasn’t sore. I kept thinking,  “It will make me stronger for racing”, all  amidst a slew of creative swear words….

In addition, I incorporated 3 days of upper body/core work. Heaven knows, the strength training is a necessity. But I must admit, some of it is vanity. I don’t want to look like a scrawny runner!!!!!

Hello! This is Chili. I'm originally from Newfoundland and I currently reside in Eugene, Oregon (otherwise known as "TrackTown USA"). I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice with a specialty in Eating Disorders and Body Image issues. I like to write about the psychological components of racing, the joys of running with others (including our 4-legged friends), injury prevention (and the lessons learned when we ARE injured), runners and body image, risk-taking in racing and the experience of being a Master's runner who is relatively new to the sport. I am a fiercely joyful competitor and I'm currently training to PR in 5K and 10K road races, 1500m track racing and XC. I choose races that are "fun" and that are "off the beaten path". I hold a real fondness for the camaraderie that comes with racing and the special bond and "family ties" we create through the sport of running.

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