Oregano’s Training Log – 6.26.2016

Sunday Run back in Portland!
Sunday run back in Portland! I really need a haircut…

I was traveling for work on the East Coast this week, so I was unsure of how much running I would be able to get in. The plan was to have a pretty chill recovery week, starting to tune up before my race in three weeks. I was unable to follow this plan due to unforeseen team building activities. But I got to go to four states I had never been to before: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont!

Monday 6/20: In Boston, MA – Rest Day + core/strength done on a towel in my hotel room. Not the best workout…

Tuesday 6/21: In Boston, MA – Actually had time to follow my training plan today! And ate a lobster for dinner! Run: 6.7 miles easy – Beach to Beacon Course in Maine

Wednesday 6/22: In Freeport, ME – I was supposed to have a cross training day + core/strength, but I didn’t have time to do core/strength or a way to cross train, so I went on a run with my coworkers along the coastline of Maine. So beautiful! Run: 9.5 miles

My first lobster!
Me and my first lobster!

Thursday 6/23: In Pittsfield, VT – This was supposed to be a rest day, but we had a team activity planned. It ended up being an absolutely crazy day led by the co-founder of the Spartan Races. I feel so fortunate to have not been injured. We did some extreme caving/climbing with minimal safety equipment while tethered to three other people (making the risk of falling 3x more likely). Also rappeling, jumping over walls and climbing ropes. And lots of hiking. And then more hiking. Then some of the guys and I broke off from the group and ran down the mountain we climbed up and swam in a stream and ran back to the B&B we were staying at. And then we played frisbee. And drinking games. It was quite a day.

Friday 6/24: In Pittsfield, VT – Supposed to run 5 miles. But after a solid 5-6 hrs of sleep we started the journey home to the West coast. I was absolutely exhausted and took this as a rest day.

Saturday 6/25: I got up early to do a quick trail run before going to a neighborhood garage sale and then a 1-year-old b-day party! Also, this was Western States day – what an amazing race on both the Men’s and Women’s sides. It was so exciting following along! Run: 8.2 miles (trail – 1,092 ft elevation gain)

My caving/rappeling team at the top!
My caving/rappeling team at the top!

Sunday 6/26: Trail run in Forest Park with my friend Carrie. She said she would do an hour with me, but just kept running for the full 16 miles : ) Run: 16 miles (trail – 1,847 ft elevation gain)

Total Mileage: 40.4 miles

Summary: Well…not quite the week that I planned, but I had some great experiences and finished uninjured and that has to count for something! Two weeks until race day!

I'm a proud resident of Portlandia, ex-running store employee, pulmonary emboli conquerer and connoisseur of high fives. I write about running community, trail running/training and anything else that grabs my immediate interest. I'm currently running for fun with my crazy friends - no races on the horizon YET.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Sounds like a different week for sure but lots of excitement and experience! I haven’t had Lobster since I was in Boston in April, reading that made me want to go back for more! Glad that you had a fun week and hope travels home went smoothly enough and you’re back on West coast time soon (dang Jet lag!)

    1. The lobster was SO GOOD! I was just trying really hard to not think of it as a sea insect. And after a nap yesterday I am feeling much more myself! : )

  2. Even though it was for work, it seemed like an adventurous get-away to the East Coast! 🙂 This made me laugh and wince at the same time. You’re brave!

  3. I loooooove Maine. That’s where I first started running. I used to run to the beach and back and called it “running through postcards”. Like hey, there’s a lighthouse. Oh, hello rocky coast. And oh yes, that is an egret flying through the marsh. Glad you got to experience “the other Portland.” As for the Spartan course? Um. Really glad you didn’t die or fracture something. That stuff is no joke!