Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.1.16

Running in Cherokee Park.  Photo credit: Chicory
Running in Cherokee Park. Photo credit: Chicory

Monday: Rest day, 5 miles walking in the morning; 2.5 miles with Chicory after work, followed by 30 minutes climbing and a quick Crossfit: 5 minutes AMRAP: 10xdeadlifts, 10xburpees.

Tuesday: Still feeling tired from the weekend, so just did 6 easy.  Average pace 8:40. Climbing (only 3 routes).  Crossfit (light): 5 RFT: 5xpower cleans, 5xfront squats, 5xpush-presses, 5xpush-ups.  Honestly, I’m still feeling tired and my crossfit wasn’t the workout I wanted to do either.  Trying to keep perspective and remember that last week was a big week.

Wednesday: 7 miles, 5x400m repeats (7:35 pace), 300m rest. When I woke up, I didn’t feel like running, but I took the time to eat breakfast and made it out to the track.  7:35 didn’t feel hard and 8:34 was an “easy” pace.  Feel like I might be recovering from last week. Finally. 20 minutes of yoga after work.

Thursday: 7.5 miles total, progress run 5 miles (mile splits: 8:00, 7:40, 7:35, 7:30, 7:15). Crossfit after work: 3 RFT- 5xdouble KB deadlift, 10xKB goblet squat, 40m overhead walking lunges, 25xKB swings.

Friday: 5.5 easy miles (around 9:20 pace). Crossfit in the afternoon: 10 minutes AMRAP- 5xpush-ups, 10xsit-ups, 15xair squats.

Saturday:  A mess of a run (attempt).  I had a 15 mile tempo on the docket, but three miles in, I just didn’t have the mental or emotional strength to keep running. It’s been quite a week, and I think sometimes when you spend your mental effort on other things, there isn’t any left for a long, hard run.  I walked a bit and then headed home.  After a nap and some snacks, I headed back to the gym to see if I had it in me.  Did another 6 miles and called it a day but never felt good throughout the entire run. (9 miles total)

Sunday:  Didn’t sleep well Saturday night (probably because *ahem* I slept all day Saturday) and woke up without any motivation to even attempt 15 miles.  I didn’t.  Instead I shopped a bit and went to St. James with a new friend in the afternoon.

Total: 38 miles, 3 key crossfit workouts.

Here’s the thing: Tough runs and training weeks happen, and sometimes life is hard.  One of my favorite things from Macy’s The Ultra Mindset (which is my favorite running book of all time) is reminding ourselves when things get hard that it’s all good mental training.  Similarly, Fitzgerald in How Bad do you Want it? reminds us to brace ourselves for a hard training run or race.  Both of these things apply in training and in life.  Life is going to be hard, training is going to be hard.   This is certainly not the last time I’m going to have a bad run, nor is it the last time that my role as an academic is going to have unexpected challenges.  I’m bracing myself for what is to come and trying to remember that this, while hard, is great preparation for whatever comes next.  It’s going to be hard, and instead of trying to avoid or ignore it, I’m going to meet it head on.

Even though I don’t exactly know what that means. That’s life in all it’s wonderful, messy glory.

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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  1. Really good point about how the mental stress and load in life impacts on your training. I’ve found that when I’m taking on big challenges at work, it’s hard to also get my head around big running goals.

  2. You put in a killer weekend leading into this week that was just as taxing mentally, so you probably started off at a deficit! And then, life happens and it’s just like NOOOOOOO. Sounds like Sunday was a nice reset day. Glad we got to meet up!