Oregano’s Training Log – 9.18.2016

Gnarl Ridge on a BEAUTIFUL end-of-summer day.
Mt. Hood above Gnarl Ridge on a BEAUTIFUL end-of-summer day.

Another crazy two weeks. I love all of the things that I’m doing. I love my job and running obviously. And the church groups and book clubs and family time and activities with friends and music. All of it. I love it all. But sometimes I get overwhelmed and the past couple of months have been teetering on the edge of “is this really fun right now?” because I haven’t had time to just sit still and think. A few things have been sacrificed as a result – cooking, trumpet practicing and most notably for this training log – any type of training plan or running goal. I really want to set a new goal and get after it, but with the way things have been going I think it will be more stressful than exciting. So for now I’m running for fun, going on adventures, and surviving! : )

Monday 9/5: Labor Day! Started it off right with an easy trail run with friends followed by coffee and pastries! Run: 5 miles easy (trail)

Traversing over to Tilly Jane on Mt. Hood.
Traversing over to Tilly Jane on Mt. Hood.

Tuesday 9/6: And BAM just like that, crushed by busy-ness again. Fortunately I got in Core/Strength in the am and a run in the afternoon. Run: 5.75 miles

Wednesday 9/7: Made time for a workout, phew! I actually was pretty happy about this as it’s been a while since I felt solid in a workout. Run: 7.5 miles with 2 x 2 miles (@ 6:17 & 6:18, 6:20 & 6:17)

Thursday 9/8: Too many meetings so I did a pool run before work. The worst music. No friends. The longest 45 minutes. Pool Run: 45 minutes

Friday 9/9: Short and easy run before an adventure on Mt. Hood on Saturday! Run: 5.5 miles + Short Core/Strength

Saturday 9/10: Initially I planned to run all the way around Mt. Hood this weekend, but decided that I really wasn’t trained for that amount of distance and elevation (39 miles with 8000 ft. of elevation gain). We ended running/hiking up to the Timberline Trail, up Gnarl Ridge and then down Tilly Jane. It was a beautiful day and an amazing escape. Run: 19.75 miles trail (4,500 ft elevation gain/loss)

Sunday 9/11: My Quads. Oh My Quads.

Total Mileage: 43.5 miles


River crossing in ZigZag Canyon - no one fell in.
River crossing in ZigZag Canyon – no one fell in.

Monday 9/12: Still so sore. Quads. Ow. Run: 5.75 miles so so slowly

Tuesday 9/13: All day meetings = no running.

Wednesday 9/14: I tried to do a workout but was exhausted and stressed from work and my quads were still sore, I ran one 400 and realized a workout was just not in the cards – trying to listen to my body and be smart. Run: 6.8 miles + short core/strength

Thursday 9/15: All-day training so I ran before work. Run: 6.5 miles

Friday 9/16: Another all-day training. Another early run. Run: 5 miles

One of the better views...
One of the better views…

Saturday 9/17: Escaped to Mt. Hood again. We were trying to capture the last days of summer, but it ended up rainy and cold. I especially enjoyed the moments when we would get to what looked like just another chunk of trail and my friend who actually knew where we were would say, “That’s Mt. Hood! Right There! Behind that big white cloud that is enveloping everything!”

In spite of the rain/clouds we still had a great time. We ran/hiked up Hidden Lake trail and then came back down via Paradise Park. We were totally incredibly soaked by the time we finished and I ended up totally stripping down and driving back in just sweatpants and a sweatshirt and then I ate a pop tart and took a hot shower and it was a pretty great start to my Saturday. Run: 16.5 miles trail (3,600 ft elevation gain/loss) 

Sunday 9/18: No time to run – but I wasn’t sore! Yay!

Total Mileage: 40.5 miles


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.

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  1. Running is supposed to enhance your life, not be another stressor! There is zero shame in taking a few weeks, or months, or whatever, away from running goals and training plans to re-center and just enjoy running. At least you still enjoy running and don’t sound burned out!

    1. Yes! I agree! I love running, but sometimes training for a specific race can be stressful when my schedule doesn’t allow for me to follow a training plan very consistently. I’ve really enjoyed just running for fun the past couple of weeks!