Chili’s Training Log: 6.12.17 – 6.18.17

Intention for the week:

This week marks another race at week’s end so the intention is, as always, rest up and kick butt!

Monday, June 12:  An easy Garmin-free 5 miles. OK. It wasn’t that easy. I was visualizing the upcoming Father’s Day race and I pushed the pace a bit for the last 2 miles. Still, it was a very enjoyable run with the dog.

Tuesday, June 13:  Eli’s Birthday! Two miles warming up (a birthday run for the birthday boy!) followed by 4 X 600 @ 10K pace with 200m jog recovery and 200m gradual acceleration on the 1000m trail. One minute recovery between sets. Then, 2 X 600m on the track with a 400m jog recovery in between sets.

Later in the day, I followed this with a Bulletproof session and upper body/core workout. I’m keeping the Bulletproof sessions at a minimum this week because there are quite a few “power” moves that my legs don’t need this week! Total mileage was 6.5 miles.

Birthday boy!

Wednesday, June 14: Four miles easy with the dog.

Thursday, June 15: Moderated hill workout just to get the leg speed and turnover but not to tax the legs too much.  total mileage was 4.75 miles.  Bulletproof Workout and upper body/core.

Friday, June 16: Three miles easy with the dog. This run was so easy that I refer to it as the “dog jog”.  Nice. I could incorporate more of these.

Saturday, June 17:  Completely off for race tomorrow morning.

Sunday, June 18: Happy Father’s Day!  Race start was 8am. Today’s race was not about time. Today’s race was about racing! It was a total experiment, and a painful one at that. My coach and I decided to run this thing by having one goal and to go after it. This meant keeping someone in my sights and not relenting.

Normally I am a smart racer. I race in negative splits. Not today, baby! In fact, I did quite the opposite, which left me dumping lactate early on and running the next miles in some real physiologic distress. Not fun. That said, the goal was met (in dramatic fashion) and the mission was accomplished. Not my finest race and certainly not my best time but definitely a dramatic ending 🙂

And, guess what?  Despite a little taper at the end, I still ran 30 miles! Woo hoo!

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, injury prevention, runners and body image, risk-taking in racing and the experience of being a Masters runner who is relatively new to the sport.

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