Pimento’s Post-Marathon Training Log 6.6–6.26.16

Summer time, and the runnin is easy!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a training log– since my taper, actually– but I have, in fact been running. Although I thought I would take more time off after my big PR at Newport June 4, I only took two days off and then eased back into running. Why? Well, I love it and it keeps me sane. Plus, summer running is great because I call this time of year my whatever-happens training; I like to keep my mileage in the 50-60 miles/week range and mix up my running with more trails, more hills, speed when I feel like it, and runs with my friends who are actually training for something. As of now, I have a 10k scheduled for July 4, then I plan on pacing my friend Kate for the last 25-30 miles of her 100-mile race in early September. Around then, I start training again for CIM in December.

I love summer running, I feel like the pressure is off and I can sort of cruise on the fitness I built up during the winter and spring and add to it by changing up my normal routine. It’s a mental break as well as a physical one, and my body already feels the benefit from mixing up my terrain, speed, and the time of day I run. So, in a nutshell, what have I been up to?

6/7: 3 miles on the treadmill, plus core

6/8: 4.5 miles pushing the stroller

6/9: 5.5 miles on hilly trails with my dog, plus core

6/10: off

Mid-plank! Like my separated abs-cone-belly button? Take that, Steph Bruce!

6/11: 6.37 on hilly trails with my dog, plus core

6/12: 5 miles on the treadmill with 1 @6:45.

6/13: am/5 miles on the mill with two fast, did core. pm/3 miles on the mill slow

6/14: 10 miles with 6 @7:13, plus core

6/15: 6 miles

6/16: 10 miles

6/17: 5 miles, plus core

6/18: 14.3 miles, core

6/19: did core, no running

6/20: 7 miles, did core

6/21: 11.25 miles treadmill ladder workout- 7:32 average: 3 warm up, 2 @6:48, 1 @6:30, 800m @6:18, 800m @ 6:18 and back up the ladder.

6/22: am/5 miles, pm/3 miles, did core

6/23: 10 miles big ass hills, 7:35 average.

6/24: 6 miles

6/25: 12 miles of big ass trail hills on the Pacific Crest Trail while camping. BLISS. Ran across snow I got up so high!


6/26: day off, did core

TOTAL: 131.92 miles of fun with lots of core work!

I'm an elementary P.E. teacher with a long-term, ongoing marathon addiction.The next big goal? Keeping up my BQ streak while aiming for a 3:10! I write about the not-so-glamorous side of running and fitting in serious training with a family while staying sane(ish).

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  1. “My whatever-happens training.” <– Love it. Totally my approach this summer as well. Congrats again on the PR in Newport!

  2. How do you decide what / how much quality running to do between your training blocks? I’m good at keeping up the consistency, but never sure what harder running to put in when I’m not race-focused.

    1. I truly go by feel/what the summer kid/family schedule dictates– I try to get in some speedier runs a couple times/week, but if I can’t due to lack of childcare or whatever, I add in hills instead or run when it’s hot to get in some heat adaption, or I go longer than normal if it has to be slow, or get in a second run on the treadmill in the evening.