Ginger’s Training Log – 5-24-15

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Both the Cavs and I are down to the wire. Their playoff run is certainly inspiring for not only our city but my marathon buildup. There are many similarities! Patience, pushing through pain, positive attitude, etc.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’re getting down to the wire. I’m three weeks out from my spring marathon. This coming week will be my last quality week before taper. Come Friday night, I will have wrapped up all of the difficult parts of training. This past week, I focused on solidifying my goals and rebounding back from my less than stellar workout at the Cleveland half marathon.

Monday: 5 miles easy.

Tuesday: 5.5 miles steady with James.

Wednesday: 10 miles with 6 x 900 meter hill repeats (run by feel). I love/hate this workout. It is hard yet it makes me feel strong, especially when I run it by feel. I focused on finishing each repeat on the upswing. I also did lower body strength training after the workout.

Thursday: 5.5 miles easy at night with James and Chris. Core work after the run.

Friday: 10 miles with 7 @ 8:17. This was an important tempo effort. I started off the first 3.5 at 8:20s and it felt like a jog. I then took it down each mile thereafter, finishing the last mile in 8:00. The goal was to regain confidence in running mid 8s pace. I also watched the course video. My goals for this race are to run a Boston qualifying time (3:35) and obtain a top-3 finish. A top-3 finish is less in my control (dependent on what kind of competition shows up) and so if it happens, great, but if not, I will be happy with a solid effort.

Saturday: Off/rest and core work.

Sunday: 20 mile (approx) trail run with James and some ultra friends and upper body strength training. I ran this more for time (3 hours and 10 minutes) and to get more in tune with my internal experience. I think a key to running marathons (or any race really) is learning how to trust yourself. I’ll be working on this the last three weeks of training.

Total: 56 miles

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. Good job bouncing back and being on your game in a critical training week. I completely agree with you that the long run is about getting your body to trust you. Watching the course video should help, also.