Pepper’s Training Log -7/27/2014

Well this week was another busy one. Week 2 of two part time gigs was somewhat of a bust in the workout department. It’s looking like I may be relegated to a weekend warrior who sometimes squeezes in a bike commute until I nail down this nutty schedule!

There’s four weeks to go until the North Country Trail Run and this week was supposed to be a sort of back off week before the last “big” week before taper. I only got in two of the 3 planned runs and they were pushed to the weekend. Not ideal, but it is what it is.

Monday- Bike commute to work, to work party, and back home for a total of 29 miles.

Tues-Friday – Nada/Rest. Ouch.

Saturday – 6 miles trail with 5 miles at tempo effort averaging 8:31 for the whole run. Followed that up with a 19 mile bike ride targeting hill efforts with 6 big climbs.

Sunday – 10 mile run at 7:45 pace. This was pretty miserable and my tomato red face and drenched clothes made it obvious to all just how miserable it was. A bit faster than I expected but I would have dragged alongย if I had tried to moderate it anymore so I just went with the harder effort and crappy feeling.

This week will be nutty with Burning River this weekend and pacing my friend from 55 to the end. I want to go into the event rested since I obviously am not trained to run 45 miles right now. I’m counting on the easy pace and some serious muscle memory to get me through! That will replace my planned 20 miler, so I think I will be covered in the long run department, but I am still feeling sluggish when I approach anything near my old “fast” paces so the marathon should be interesting.


A gal on a mission to save Cuyahoga County streams one storm water facility at a time. An ex runner of many facets including marathons, pacing, ultras and more. Chronic left side issues have me cycling more than running these days but I'm attempting to get back to my running roots.

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