Salty’s Training Log – Reset 6.3.17

I’m going to log again. I swear! But before I do, I figured I better tell you where I am with running.

I’ve been running these last few months, sometimes even quite a bit. But I felt like I was a broken record — I’m not ready to train for anything, but I still enjoy running, bla bla bla. I wondered if anyone could possibly get anything out of my log? Who else runs 40-50 miles a week just for the hell of it? Who else feels like she’s in some weird running limbo between training for something and not, but kinda wanting to, but kinda not?

I’ve considered training for a fall marathon. I’ve reconsidered it. I’ve considered training for shorter races. I’ve considered continuing to not train. I still don’t know. I’m not sure how to know if I’m ready or if I ever will be? Do I feel rusty and slow because of my age, because I abused my body by overtraining, or is it just a hump I’d need to get over by reintroducing a structured training plan?

But then there’s the question of if I want to commit. My kids are getting to those driving-them-to-all-the-activities ages. They’re starting to have goals and interests that I can help them pursue. I also have other things I want to do with myself. Can I train again without getting sucked in to the point of neglecting this other stuff?

I think if I do decide to train again, my main goal would be to keep running in perspective and subordinate to the other things in my life. That might be the least objectively exciting running goal ever articulated, but I think it would be critical for me to stay emotionally and physically healthy and enjoy running. I also think I’d need a coach that appreciated this goal and who was equally committed to helping me achieve it.

So that’s really it. I’ve run mostly 40-50 mile weeks since I last left you and just running, nothing major. No workouts beyond the occasional strides or fartlek. I’ve mostly enjoyed running, save for a rough patch a few weeks ago. We took our eight-day trip to Disney World straddling the last two weeks, so I’ll be back with my log detailing those weeks.

But in the meantime, I’m glad to be back.

How have you decided to return to training for something after a long time away from it? 

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Have you ever thought about just jumping into shorter races off of your base training? The last two low-stakes and low-expectations races I’ve done have surprised me. (‘I Raced A 5K With No Training* And No Goals. The Results Were Surprising’.)

    * No race-specific training, but a lot of lunges every day for a month, and avocados.

    1. Ha! I have almost never been surprised by a race. I bet I could predict my 5k time within 30 seconds, run it all out without a watch and be right! Hence I have not been racing much 🙂

  2. I’m in the in between, just running for the mental health/fitness of it. I’d be happy to read your logs again! Sometimes it helps those of us not in training for a race to know others are doing it too…and I’m a fan of your goal 🙂

  3. I know exactly how you feel. I haven’t run a race in over a year after about 5 years of pushing hard and racing a lot. I still run every day, but my running is so all over the place in terms of volume, intensity and motivation. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason. I have some days where I feel motivated and I say to myself, “I can do this, I can train for a race,” and feel excited about it, throw in some drills and strides and sometimes even an effort-based workout. But those feelings never seem to last long enough to carry through to an actual training plan. Oh well. Maybe someday I will race again…or maybe not. Regardless, like you, I will still always love running.