Salty’s Training Log – UGH.

I kept meaning to do a catch up log and week after week went by. I was getting so caught up in writing substantive posts and running the site (along with the rest of my life) that my training logs got pushed down the to-do list. Plus, I finally admitted I was struggling to stay un-injured and then started feeling angsty about my own running, which didn’t help.

Even so, I’ve been running well. After I cried uncle, I took a 40 mile down week and then ran 58 miles and then back up to 60 last week. I ran (not raced) a half, which was at once fun, but also felt kind of lame. My husband runs one half marathon every year and it’s sponsored by the store that sponsors my team, so we get an entry into it and either race or use it as a training run if we can. I enjoy doing it with my husband as I’ve done 5 times now.

Although it’s fun, to be perfectly honest it’s hard to not be awesome when racing. It’s like being sober at a party when everyone else is drinking. And then the ego is there reminding you that people think you’re racing or will see the results and think you raced and then that would be mortifying! I thought about pushing the pace to run tempo effort as long as I could, but who am I kidding? I’m half injured, for one and two – what the hell? I have nothing to prove. So, I sucked it up and just ran what I ran with no watch and no time goal. I ended up running a 1:33:32 with about a minute pitstop, so about 7:00 – 7:05 pace for the running and felt pretty good and even though I wasn’t fist pumping and celebrating a race well-run, I was proud of myself for showing some restraint.

I ran with this guy for the last 5k and he was awesome. But, having someone hanging on my shoulder made me feel obligated to push it in both to just finish and be done with it, but also to push him finish strong. Of course, that’s where they take the photo. Right at the end and of course they capture my hideous tired and ready to be done form. Nice. But I’m under 130 pounds! So who cares!!! (kidding!)


Here are the last two weeks of my training. To see more, friend me on Daily Mile!

Week Ending 9/8

M: 9 miles no watch mix of roads and trails.

T: 9 miles with 2 x 4, 3, 2, 1 fartlek (half jog rest).

W: 7 miles on the Y treadmill in 8:29.

Th: 4 on the alter-G at 95% at PT in 7:21.

Fr: 8 on the mill 7:37.

Sa: 7 on the trails 8:40s.

Su: 14 with half in 1:33:32.

Total: 58

Week Ending 9/15

M: Easy 7 on the basement mill 8:20s

T: 9 in the hot hot heat on the bridle trails 8:40s

W: 10 with 3, 2, 1 tempo (that’s 3 miles, 2:00 jog, 2 miles 1:30 jog, 1 mile) 6:43 average for the 3 miles, 6:41 for the 2 miles and 6:37 for the 1 mile.

Th: 5 easy on the mill 8:07.

Fri: 8 easy on the mill 8:17.

Sa: 7 easy on the trails 8:40s.

Su: 14 miles with Ginger’s boyfriend James mostly on his bike. Great conversation! 7:39 average.

Total: 60

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. M’kay, so just a quick point here, regarding this statement:
    “I ended up running a 1:33:32 with about a minute pitstop, so about 7:00 – 7:05 pace”

    YOU ARE AWESOME! I’m going to be really psyched if I break 2:00 in either of my halves that are scheduled for the spring, and I couldn’t run a seven minute mile if I was being chased by a bear.

    Perspective. 😉

    1. It’s all relative. I know, I know. And I have friends that run their halves faster than I can run a mile and while it would be nice to be that fast, it’s pretty cool too!

      THANK YOU! I needed a little virtual head pat!

  2. I have been lurking for awhile, but don’t know that I have ever commented over here. Now I have about a bazillion questions for you. If you prefer to respond via email, fill free!

    (1) Under 130? You look AMAZING, so just curious what your pre-preg weight and height are. I am hanging on to some extra weight now while breastfeeding. I mostly feel fine about it, but of course, there are days when I think, “wtf, weight?!” So anyhow, if you look that good at just under 130, it will make me feel better about myself…maybe I look better than I give myself credit for, ha. I am also just under 130 right now!

    (2) How/when do you find time to run that many miles? My highest mileage before my Dec marathon will be in the range of 55 miles, and I just keep thinking how the eff can I manage it with feeding the baby!

    (3) Do you think it would be a terrible idea to do a half the weekend before a full….if you just ran the half, and didn’t race it (as you did here)? I know it is still a little long of a run for most marathon tapers, but….had the opportunity so was considering it. I probably shouldn’t though. So torn, I love doing events! I want to toe the line every weekend!

    1. I’ll respond some here. Maybe we’ll elaborate in a post or two on these subjects too!

      1) Thanks! You are sweet! I am actually a couple of pounds under pre-preg weight. Right before I got pregnant this time I was injured during the winter so I probably weighed about 132 – 133. My absolute crazy lean low weight is 124 and that’s me dehydrated and running 75 miles a week for many weeks in a row. I tend to plateau at a low of about 127 when I’m training and 5 pounds more in the winter or during lower mileage seasons. I am what you might call big-boned. I have a large frame and am very muscular. I’m only 5′ 4.5″ (that .5″ matters! Heh.) I think I might be made of lead 🙂 I have a hard time dropping all the weight with nursing too. Those last 2-3 pounds just don’t want to go. After my second pregnancy it took 12+ months before it was all gone. I was still nursing, but once we dropped down to just 3x per day the weight came off. I haven’t ever not nursed or been pregnant since I had my first in 2008, so I’m interested to see what not nursing will do for my running!

      2) This needs a post! I really just cram it in when I can. I look at my schedule as modular – like college. I have 4 periods of my day when I could run: 1) early before everyone wakes up; 2) in the morning with the kids; 3) During nap time; 4) after my husband comes home. In terms of preference, for me it’s 2, 3, 4, 1 (right now. I would need to be home by 6:30 a.m. and the baby still isn’t sleeping through the night so this would be very hard to manage and be sane right now!) I much prefer to get it in without impinging on my husband’s time too. My kids are young enough that they can go with me sometimes in a stroller. If that doesn’t work, we can go to the Y and they can play while I run (AWESOME! Win-win. Kids happy and momma’s happy!) If that can’t work because of our schedule than I cram something in on the basement treadmill while they nap (which they fortunately all still do usually at the same time in the afternoon!) Sometimes I’ll even do a few miles at the Y and then get the rest of them in later during nap time. I also have a really supportive husband who watches the kids so I can do a long run one weekend morning (I tend to do the other weekend run early or during nap time). Lastly, we splurge on a babysitter one evening a week so my husband can do his stuff and I can run with friends outside with no kids one night a week – priceless! Anyway, so I have a supportive partner, a treadmill in my basement, 2 running strollers and a Y with decent treadmills and childwatch. When you look at it that way, I have no excuses not to!

      3) Don’t do it. Do NOT do it!!! Bad idea. I did it once and ran faster than I should have and was pooped for the race. I got caught up in the excitement and pushed just a little too hard. Unless you have amazing self-restraint don’t even tempt yourself 🙂

      Wow! Sorry for the novel!

      1. THANK YOU! Great and thorough answers. I need to get this darn site saved on my favorites since I am over here lurking at least twice a week for the last 6 months! Ha.

        We must have a similar body comp! I am only 5’1″, and hang around 120-122. Ideally for running, 118 is better for me, but whatever. Right now I am around 127, but I am eating NONSTOP. Another question I had forgot to ask was what you think the average daily calorie need are for running and breastfeeding. I keep wondering if I am over doing it, but….I don’t want to risk low energy (or low supply), by trying to cut back at all. I have never been this hungry in my life though!

        I’ll look forward to following you more and more! And yes, think I’ll skip that half. My rational brain was already saying that, but….ya know, how to turn down a race!

        (ps. also a lawyer….lawyers are crazy)