Ginger’s Training Log – 3.20.16

This was a rough week. For whatever reason I felt sluggish on every run, as if I was running in quicksand. It could have been feeling the effects of the 5k race, running in cold weather again, or starting and then stopping a new birth control pill because I had assumed most of the sluggys were due to that. Outside of running, I was cranky and tired, opting for naps after work instead of errands or working out. I am looking forward to a better week, that’s for sure.

This snapchat sums up my week.
This snapchat sums up my week.

Monday: 50 minute walk.

Tuesday: 62 minutes with 4 x 8 minutes at 7:30 pace (90 seconds rest). The pace felt easy but my legs were very crampy. This made the workout a bit challenging. Lower body strength training after the workout.

Wednesday: 51 minutes at night with James.

Thursday: Off, basically went to bed after work.

Friday: 60 minutes with 6 x 1000s (90 seconds rest) and 4 x 200s (1 min rest). Goal was supposed to be 430s (715ish pace) and 42s for the 200s. I attempted the workout outdoors thinking it would be nice with the sun out but it was actually really cold and also windy on the backstretch. By the end of the workout, my hands were stiff. I hit the pace for the 1000s on only one repeat. The rest were off by about 7-10 seconds. For the 200s, I hit 2 of the 4 on pace but it felt hard. In the past, I would’ve quit early on. But I committed to completing the workout even if the times were off. That felt good mentally.

Saturday: Easy 50 minutes on the treadmill at night. Upper body strength training after the run.

Sunday: 12 mile long run at 9:16 average pace. I felt a bit better on this one, probably the best run of the week. At mile 9, I brought the pace down to 8:13 and ran it for two miles total, but did not feel 100% yet.

Total: 5 hours, 34 minutes running; 50 minutes walking

I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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  1. Sorry you didn’t feel great this week, the hormones from switching BC could definitely do that. Hell, even when it’s “that time of the month” for me I get crazy exhausted no matter how much I do to stop it(extra rest, naps, increase iron intake etc.). Still looks like a solid week of running though and good work finishing the workout- sometimes that can be crazy tough if you aren’t hitting paces you wanted or aren’t feeling great! Hope this coming week is better!