Raspberry’s Training Log – 1.15.17

Posing with one of many toppled trees post-storm.

After years of dissing the dreadmill, this week I suddenly realized what a weather wimp I really am, and indoors I went. Listening to other Saltines talk about sub-zero windchill, icy, snowy runs, I’ve realized that the only reason I hate the treadmill is because I don’t know what real winter is, and 98% of my days are perfect running weather days. But, for the first time in years we are getting some incredible rain storms, and flooding and thunderstorms took my runs indoors. Thanks to some treadmill running tips provided by other Saltines, and the discovery of treadmills with built-in fans (seriously, how long have I not known about these), it wasn’t so bad!

Monday – 1 hour Power Sculpt class followed by three easy miles on treadmill while listening to How I Built This podcast.

Tuesday – 1 hour Core fusion class followed by intervals. 15 minute warm-up, 2, 4, 6, 4, 2 minute intervals with equal time recovery, 15 minute cool-down. 7.5 miles total. Watched President Obama’s Farewell Address and then felt pensive/sad/nostalgic watching CSPAN’s live coverage of the President’s exit from the building, which included cuddling a baby.

Wednesday – 20 minutes active recovery. My boyfriend has a set of cycling rollers in the garage, and I’d never even considered trying them out before. When I saw I had 20 minutes cardio on the schedule I figured, why not? Holy hell, those are hard! I have a feeling that with just a little bit of practice, it gets significantly easier, but since the only thing preventing you from falling over is your momentum, you can’t slow down and it takes a lot of focus on core and balance! Thank goodness for a little Guns & Roses to keep the tempo up.

Thursday – 5 miles trail, post-rainstorm.

Friday – rest

Saturday – 12 mile long run on trails; This run was slow and I was out for 2.5 hours. I have no idea why it took so long other than a lot of walking and chit-chatting.

Sunday – 7 miles trails.

Total: 34.5 miles, 4,036 ft.

A teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area who loves trail running, backpacking and cycling. Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, I secretly aspire to run Western States 100 someday. Realizing it might not be as crazy as it sounds (maybe it is), I am currently training for my next ultra.

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