Ginger’s Training (V)Log – 5.22.16

You know you wanna follow...
You know you wanna follow…

When I wrote this week’s Friday 5, the idea came to me to start vlogging (video logging) my training for the 2016 Erie Marathon via Snapchat. So on Thursday, I made my first video and I hope that you’ll come follow along (@jinger.nicole). Mainly I hope you will follow along because it is easier to record video than to sit down and write out a log. I can’t promise a digital log each week but I can promise some fun snaps of each workout everyday during this training cycle. There are 16 weeks to go until show time.

Monday: 51 minutes very slow and achy with James. Previous day was a 12 mile long run with a couple of miles under 8:20.

Tuesday: 72 minutes with 4 mile tempo at 8:00 pace. I’m still a bit rusty since my spring goal race on April 23rd where I ran 10 miles in 76:19 (7:38 pace). I took a week off after that and had a few weeks of easy running so really, I’ve only been back at it for a week or two. I was pleased with this workout, though. It was progressive in 8:06, 8:00, 8:00, and 7:53.

Wednesday: Off, rest.

Thursday: 50 minutes easy, pretty slow to start. Also included lower body strength training AND my first snap vlog. Check it out below.

Friday: Casual bike ride for about 45 minutes.

Saturday: 62 minutes total with 3 x mile. The goal was 7:30 pace. I hit 7:28, 7:29, and 7:29. Goal was accomplished but a bit ugly. It was hard to find my rhythm, which is to be expected coming back. Did upper body strength work after the run.

Sunday: The plan called for 13 miles with 8 at a steady pace. Steady right now is anywhere between 8:20-8:45 pace. However, my right ankle was quite stiff and sore since yesterday’s workout. I KT taped it and took some ibuprofen and opted for a nice, slow trail run of 95 minutes. Afterward, I chatted with coach about moving forward. We will be moving to one workout a week and one quality long run that will occasionally include tempo miles. The goal is to get to the starting line healthy and confident in going the distance. As we get closer to the race, we may add another workout but for now, it is probably best to focus on quality long runs each week versus multiple, specific speed workouts.

And here’s that sneak peak of my training vlog. Be sure to follow all the Saltines on Snapchat for some fun stories and a look at our training: me (jinger.nicole), Pumpkin (teresademers), Cinnamon (squirrelwac), and Salty (oneosalt)…

Total: 5 hours, 30 minutes running (which is about 30 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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