Poppy’s training log – 7.3-7.16.17

For the past two weeks I’ve mostly run mileage. The week of the 3rd was my highest since training for CIM back in 2015. I jumped in a local 5k that week to help support a local race and good cause (breast cancer awareness), as well as get a read on how much fitness and leg speed I lost over the past month of mileage, if any.  This past week we cycled in a lower week and added in two mini workouts. I am feeling strong from the mileage and despite many days with dew points in the 60s and 70s, have been enjoying the summer training.

week of 7.3-7.9.17

Monday: 4 a.m, 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 13 a.m. (family run for part), 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 6 a.m., 4 p.m. w/ the kids in the double.

Thursday: 12 a.m, 7 of which were pushing the kids in the double, the other 5 running laps of a soccer field while they played nearby.

Friday: 6 a.m. w/ the kids in double, 4 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. w/ ~5k race (course was a wee bit long). Won in 18:04, felt strong and surprisingly not race-rusty. 4 p.m. to shake out the morning’s effort.

Hey look, a picture of me running. Thanks to one of my coworkers for taking this at the end of last week’s race.

Sunday: 20 solo. Longest run since February.

96 miles for the week

week of 7.10-7.16.17

Monday: 4 a.m. w/ the kids in double, 8 p.m. solo.

Tuesday: 12 w/ mini workout of 12x200m aiming for 42-43 w/ easy 100m jog between. Pretty much hit the goal paces.

Wednesday: 6 a.m. w/ the kids in the double, 4 p.m. solo.

Thursday: 13 w/ 12 x 30 sec hill repeats where the goal was “pristine form (channel a proud deer, and how it might bound up a hill)”. I felt like I channeled my inner proud deer well and accomplished the goal of this mini workout.

Friday: 6 a.m. w/ the kids in the double, 4 p.m. solo.

Saturday:  4 solo a.m., 5 in the p.m., first half w/ the fam.

Sunday:  15 solo.

81 miles for the week

These kids love nature. And each other. Sometimes.

I'm a licensed massage therapist with a background in biochemistry and also a mother of two. After almost two years of focusing on shorter race distances, I am back on the marathon training horse. My next goal race is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I write mostly about health and science as they relate to running as well as being part of a running family.

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  1. Congrats on the 5k!! Definitely big mileage going on and you always seem to fit it in/handle that all so well— motivating /inspiring for me!

    1. Thanks. It’s definitely more of balancing act now that it was several years ago, but I try my best to make it all work. Also, my body seems to (weirdly) feel better when I’m running more, so the past month or so has been rather enjoyable, even on the runs where I’m pushing the double.