Ginger’s Training Log – 7-5-15

This was a bit of a tough week for me. I started to question if I really wanted to do another round of marathon training for a fall race. I considered other options, such as training for a 10k instead. I struggled with some foot pain and also felt more tired and cranky than normal. But all of this was quickly “fixed” by helping pace a friend to a 5k PR on Saturday and doing a 10 mile long run on Sunday.

Fourth of July racers. Whitney, in the middle and blue, ran a 6 minute PR in the 5k (31:56)! She also negative split the race and had a nice kick at the end.
Fourth of July racers. Whitney, in the middle and blue, ran a 6 minute PR in the 5k (31:56)! She also negative split the race and had a nice kick at the end.

It’s safe to say the first part of the week stunk. I was not liking my new shoes and switched back to rotating in my lighter pairs. These were helping reduce under pronation but they also felt like I was wearing bricks on my feet and caused more pain. I have a chiro appointment this coming week so that should help give my body the adjustment it needs post-thon. It was also my second week of tapering off Zoloft. Combine that with PMS and it all makes sense as to why I was extra tired and cranky.

Overall though, the nice end to the week helped me lessen the funk and gave me a better perspective on training. I’ll be deciding soon here what my fall race will be. After my long run this week, I am thinking it will be another marathon.

Monday: 5 miles easy

Tuesday: 5 miles with Salty and Cinnamon!

Wednesday: 6 miles easy

Thursday: 4 miles with cussing and swearing and bloating. Lower body strength training after this run did help release some of the extra aggression.

Friday: Off/core work

Saturday: 5 miles with 5k pacing duties and then a bunch of fireworks. Beautiful day.

Sunday: 10 mile long run in the late afternoon heat and upper body strength training in air conditioning. This was the longest run since the marathon. I wondered if I was having some dopamine withdrawal prior to this run because afterward, I felt amazing, motivated, and satisfied.

Total: 35 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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4 comments

  1. Isn’t it amazing how one or two great runs can sustain us after string of bad ones? I felt that way this morning after a great run on the AlterG treadmill after a crummy week thanks to PF.

  2. You’re on your way to that Fall marathon! If you change your plan, come run the Columbus Half M. with me!!