Cilantro’s Training Log – 1.27.2013

Since I found out last week that people actually DO read my training logs, I have a burning question for y’all.

Should I buy or rent my Applied Statistics textbook?  It’s $200.  I KNOW you’re thinking I should obviously rent it, but the problem here is that I will use this book after the class because my goal in life is to conduct research (and to run the Boston Marathon and become a gender and ethnic studies professor).  But I’m also a poor PhD student.  What do I do?

On the important stuff:

Sunday: 10 miles, easy.  I ran 16 miles the day before, and this run kicked my trash.  Note: “Kicked my trash” = really super hard. Core strength training post-run.

Monday: 10 miles, hills.  My legs were still really tired for this, but I was proud that I made it through the workout. I’d like to affectionately name this run “What, it’s only been a half a mile?!?!”  Arms & legs strength training at night.

Tuesday: 5 miles, easy.  I needed an easy day.  I alternated walking and running and kept this simple.

Wednesday: 10 miles, YASSO 800’s for five mile.  Hot d@mn,  these Yasso thingys are hard!  These were my first ever, and they kicked my butt (but also rocked).  Here were my splits: 3:45, 3:46, 3:50, 3:50, 3:48, 3:43, 3:40, 3:44.  I was supposed to do 10, but only made it 8 – either way, I think I’m on track as long as I stay healthy for a 3:35 marathon come May! *fingers crossed* *knock on wood* Also did arms strength training at night.

Thursday: 10 miles, tempo run.  Had some hamstring pain, panicked, and made an appointment with the massage therapist Thursday night.  Mostly resolved my concerns, but need to watch it carefully over the next few weeks.

Friday: 60 minutes, elliptical.  This elliptical workout totally kicked my butt.  I think I’m losing elliptical fitness as I gain running fitness.

Saturday: 13 miles, long run.  Still some nagging hip/groin/hamstring pain, so took it easy.  Can’t allow for any injury to stop this training cycle before it really begins!

Total: 58 miles

Final thoughts:  Really worried about the hamstring pain.  It’s not keeping me from running or walking, but don’t want it to turn into something serious.  I’m pulling out the big guns and have even stopped crossing my legs (at the suggestion of my massage therapist).  It is a super hard habit to break.

And really, should I buy that stats textbook?

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021 to raise money for Girls on the Run. Next challenge: Collegiate Trail Loop FKT. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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4 comments

  1. “Kicked my trash” = LOVE it.

    Statistics book = definitely DO NOT buy it.

    Hamstrings = stretch, stretch, stretch. Don’t just stretch for 2 minutes, do a 20 or 40 minute pilates routine. It makes a HUGE difference if you can fit it in. I say this candidly as I neglect pilates and struggle with the same, but it really is the solution.

    Finally = You are bad @ss. Keep up the good work.

  2. At my school, we had this online library that linked our library to other schools in Ohio and most textbooks were on there. One of my friends got all of her books from it and went through our entire senior year without buying a single book!
    And nice week of running! I wanted to add Yasso 800’s to my Tuesday run this week, but the weather had other plans for me :/

    1. Hmm… I wonder if UND has the same thing. I better check it out!

      Yasso 800’s were awesome… after. I think I needed a full rest day after doing them!