Dandelion Training Log – 7.12.15

We are so lucky to have miles and miles of shady trails to run on!

I’ve been hitting the groove on this whole marathon quest. Not to say I am flying gazelle like though all my runs. No way. I’m tired. From the heat and the miles. More miles than I can remember since maybe collegiate running? But I am rediscovering my love for running. Just running, none of that swimbike nonsense to screw it up! ha. And it helps to have some good buddies to share the miles with.

Monday July 6: 5 miles easy. A friend of mine came by after work and we ran a loop around my neighborhood. We had more to chat about than concern for calculating distance, or starting a watch for that matter…. We were famished afterwards, probably from yapping so much, and ended up at Subway, commenting on Jared’s longevity, just a day before his little scandal (google him if you haven’t heard).

Tuesday July 7: 11 miles, 10 @ race pace, so just under 8 min miles. Some light strength and core work after. These runs are getting longer and yet the pace feels easy, cruise like, so I’m content to keep the pace close to this effort. If anyone has advice on changing race pace over the course of training would love to hear it! I’m just a bit wary to push harder as the miles keep piling up.

Wednesday July 8: OFF. Definitely needed. Commence sitting on arse. Had some trash TV to catch up on.

YUM! My fav post long run meal: eggs, guac, rice and salsa.

Thursday July 9: 9 miles with 5 x mile. I was slogging going into today. Even coffee (which I rarely drink) would not elicit a perk up. Call it the heat. Call it the mounting fatigue. Or the fact that I am feeling my age and the recovery doesn’t come in just one day. Oh to be 28 again… Managed to hit the miles in the 6:50s which is solid. I always like to see improvement week to week, but I am happy that I listened to my legs and didn’t over do it, only to be too wrecked for the important stuff!

Friday July 10: 5.5 miles with my cross country team. Easy, except for a bit in the middle when I realized I needed to catch up to the lead group to get back ahead to coral the kiddies. Some light strength afterwards, I love doing core work with them and then pushups. Always pushups with the kids!

Saturday July 11: 8+ miles. Ran with one of my elite tri friends, for what I had hoped would be an easy 6 or so miles (because one of us may or may not have been slightly hungover..), turned into a tempo type hilly eight. AARgh. BUT she is super fun and silly and just a great companion. Who else goes into a fit of contagious giggles on the steepest hill 6 miles in?

Friends who bring post run brownies are the best!

Sunday July 12: 18 miles – 8:03 av. So I have to admit I was nervous for this run. Like race day butterflies nervous. I dont know why! I am hitting a lot of decade old firsts in this training and I dont have the confidence yet that I can do them. I ran with my adopted older brother for the first 11 miles, and though we start out with a ‘warm up’ it always turns kinda fast, kinda quick. But we talk and banter and laugh and have pretty much figured out world peace by the time he lops off; and with a quick fist bump I’m back on the trail for another 7 miles. I put my music on then and get a kind of renewed feeling. Pit Bull will do that for you. Soon after my turn around an older gentleman came up next to me on his bike and started talking. I paused the ipod and chatted to him for the 3 or so miles back. He was a great pacer and even from Pittsburgh (my home town!). He didnt know it, but he really helped me push those last few miles. Gotta love the random kind acts of strangers.

Total miles : 56.5



Iโ€™m a transplanted Pennsylvanian who is now running south of the Mason Dixon. I am peeling away my triathlete costume to reveal the single sport athlete who has been jonesing to fly again, by training for my first marathon in about a decade. I always bring dessert to parties, I schedule my fall life around football, I've climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and run miles on 5 continents. Iโ€™m hoping my Garmin will help me to navigate life's newest twists and turns and that you will come along on this adventure!

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  1. Very strong training week! I think you can safely up your target race pace at least 10-15 seconds per mile.