Cinnamon’s Training Log 2.23.14

Yo, I am the worst about logs.  I have actually been training my butt off over the last couple months, but just now I remembered that a training log doesn’t have to be an epic 3,000 word piece on how my week went.  Duh.

So here it is, short and sweet:

Sun – 9.25 mi, 9:15 pace.  Feeling good.  One thing I started doing in the New Year has been really giving myself a nice, mellow warm-up in the first mile of a run.  It can drag if I feel draggy, it can zip along if I’m feeling good, but either way that first mile is there for me to ease in, and even if it takes me 12 minutes I cut myself whatever slack necessary (it usually clocks in at 10+ minutes).  What’s been great to note is that since I got back to warming up, my overall pace per mile has been more consistent and my times have dropped considerably.  More on that in an upcoming post!

Mon – 4.5 mi slow-ish. This day I ran with the hash over some very icy sidewalks, wearing my trail shoes for extra traction. I actually ditched out early on the trail because of some repeated pangs of pain in the top of my foot. It shook itself out though–I think it may have been the way my laces were tied; it’s one of the only pairs of shoes with which I don’t use speed laces.

Tues – off with flu.  Yep.  The flu.

Wed – more flu misery

Thurs – 8.25; I was feeling the cabin fever pretty hard from being bedridden and fever-plagued, so I bit off a little more than I should have on this day, I think.  I tried to hit 9:00 pace, but wound up with mostly 9:30s. I did not feel too bad about it.

Fri – 5 miles recovery.  As it turns out, a medium effort 8 miler is not the best way to recover from the flu.  I felt like a mess but made it out the door anyway and held on for 5.

Sat – 8 miles slow.  10 minute average – I had learned my lesson from Thursday and elected to take it easy, running out the first two miles with my swell roommate, who kept up with me like a champ even though she hadn’t run in nearly three months!  (Great job, Michelle!)  The weather was great, so I didn’t mind the extra time in the sun that my slow pace afforded me either!

Today I took off, even though it was beautiful out and Sunday is usually my long run day…I don’t know, something just said take a day off.  So I did, and it feels pretty good.  Long run tomorrow!

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. She has 8 more minutes to knock off her marathon for a 3:40 BQ, and will get there or die trying. Her writing is an eclectic mix of finding wholeness as an average runner, news reporting, curious reactions, satirical humor and more.

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