Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.16.16

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Rest day preserved

I took a different approach to training this week.  I knew I had been pushing too hard between work and training, so I planned to do no more than the minimum this week.  That meant no junk miles after my CFE intervals, no extra crossfit workouts, no workouts over an hour except Saturday, and a real rest day (no matter how easy I thought I had taken it all week).  Frankly, I should have been doing this all along, but my ultra in ultrarunner also means ultra as in overdo it, always.

Smarten up, Cilantro.

The runs:

Monday: 5 miles total, 3×3:30 at 7:30 pace. Crossfit after work: 5 rounds: 3xdeadlift, 6xpush-ups, 9xsquats.

Tuesday: 3 miles total, 8x:20 at 8:00 pace, treadmill incline at 12%, :10 rest (Tabata). 1250m rowed to cool down.  Crossfit after work: 30 rounds: 5xjumping jacks, 2xburpees, 3xstanding push-presses.

Wednesday: 4 miles easy. Crossfit after work: 7 mn AMRAP: 2xpush-up, 2xKB swing (35 pounds), 2xsit-up. 5×5 biceps.

Thursday: 5 miles total, 2×9:00 8:00 pace, 3:00 recovery. 10x100m sprints to warm up.

Friday: 6 miles, easy (hilly route, 9:00 average pace)

Saturday: 10 miles, easy.

Sunday: Rest

Total: 33 miles

Although my mileage is low, I am happy with it.  I have a job that I love and feel completely lucky to have.  The reality, at least for now, is that my job takes priority over training, and I’m accepting that this might mean no ultras for me this year.  It’s not ideal, but I’m also not broken up about it.  In fact, it’s kind of a relief.

But who knows how I’ll feel in a month.  Heck, who knows how I’ll feel in a week.  Happy running, training, working, and, most importantly, living.

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

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3 comments

  1. Sometimes we all need to make a point to back off a bit- relax and live a little more. Proud of you, and still an awesome week of running and crossfit, I wish you were closer so I could do some of those workouts with you and you could kick my rear

    1. I do too! I don’t even think I would kick your tail, but it’d be so nice to have someone closer to workout with!

      Also, is it terrible that I think this “easy” might be my new normal?

  2. Great training week. I agree that it’s important to have lower mileage weeks. For me, without them, the harder workouts and higher mileage weeks would not be possible!