Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.27.2015

The week leading up to Burning River was the second and final week of my taper, and it was really the first time that I have done the taper as prescribed by my training log (mostly…). I can handle a high volume of training, so I think the taper always hits me harder than it might if I didn’t err on the side of high-mileage training. With my tri-ultra training more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 7.12.2015

This was the final training week before my taper, and I was more than a little apprehensive going into it. It had only been a week and two days since the BlackHills 50-mile ultra, and while I was feeling pretty good after longish runs on Friday and Saturday, I wasn’t sure I was ready for a 70-mile week, done in 4 days of running. But I did it. And now more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 6.15.2015

With this training log, I am finally caught up on posting my logs.  That is, of course, if you disregard the months I went without posting a training log, but I feel like we shouldn’t dwell on the past. Ha. This was a recovery week for me, and I really needed it.  After the last two weeks, which were tough and then got progressively tougher, I definitely needed a few more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 6.7.2015

Finally, I’m starting to catch up on my training logs! From my last training log (the month of May), I had just summarized my Ultra training (that looks suspiciously like triathlon training, probably because it is…). My last week of May and first week of June were a crash and build week, respectively, so by the end of last week, I was SUPER tired. Crash weeks are when you do more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – May 2015

As promised, this is the first of my much delayed training logs.  As I mentioned in my last post, I am using triathlon training to supplement my training for the Burning River 100-mile race in July because due to recent health concerns, I am only allowed to run three days per week.  With a local coach’s help, we developed a plan that will hopefully keep my running fitness levels high more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 3.1.2015

This last week was another lower week of mileage – I think I was dangerously close to overtraining two weeks ago, and now I am in recovery mode (plus I have a ton of things going on with work and school that is ramping up the stress).  I’ll start training with my new coaches on March 9th, and to prepare my body and recover from six hard months of training, I will more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 2.22.2015

Salty had some wise word for me today (and has had wise words for me always): “Out of “failure” springs success!” And that has definitely been the theme for the last couple of days.  Making the decision to postpone the run until 2016 was an incredibly difficult decision, and while I still would have loved to run this summer, it was the right one.  I can’t make any official announcements yet, but I more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 2.15.2015

This was a hard training week. Pressure from a lack of progress on the fundraising and sponsorship front of the run is starting to affect my motivation to train, and it really had a negative impact this week. My reality is that I must raise the money to even make it to the starting line, and it feels impossible sometimes. Understandably, I think, that makes it hard to train. And with that running through my mind, more » Read more

Cilantro’s (much delayed) training log – January

First, an apology.  While I have been training (and training hard) for this summer’s Run Across America for Sexual Violence Awareness, I have been quite remiss on posting my training logs here.  That is due to change, and it will.  But first, I will catch up you on what has been going on, training-wise, in the last month. After taking a recovery week (or two over the holidays), I resumed training more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 3.23.2014

6 days until race day, and it’s safe to say that I am freaking out.  Completely freaking out, (wo)man.  I know part of this is just the taper, but a part of me really doesn’t think that I trained enough to run 62 miles.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to do anything crazy like put in some extra training runs.  I am going to need every ounce of rest to more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 3.18.2014

I’m not going to lie to y’all.  It’s been a tough time in Cilantro-land, and it has nothing to do with running, training, or ultramarathons, so I’ll spare you the details.  I’ll just say this: grad school is hard, my doctoral program is tough, and I am too poor for school.  In more pleasant news, I re-discovered cauliflower and have eaten it every day for two weeks.  Don’t pretend like that isn’t more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 3.2.2014

I’m 31!  I’m sure I should be saying that I turned 29 again or whatever, but I’m really enjoying my thirties.  They started off a little rough and I wouldn’t want to repeat the first six months of 30, but things are certainly looking up. That’s on the life side. On the running side, I’m suffering from a case of the motivation blues.  I even found myself saying “I can’t more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 2.16.2014

As I write this, I’ve just completed one of hardest training weeks in my running career.  Although I don’t think it’s the highest mileage week I’ve ever run, although it is definitely up there, it was fitting that mileage into 5 days.  I am definitely ready for a rest day.  Starting now. Luckily, this is the highest mileage week of ultra training, so while I have tougher (and longer) runs more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 1.19.2014

Another week, another training log, another blizzard in NoDak. Luckily, it’s nice and warm on the treadmill!  Good things, because that’s where I logged all of my mileage for the last week. This was my recovery week, so mileage was a little lower, which I really needed.  I also started paying more attention to my warmup and found that it made the rest of the run much easier.  I guess my more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 1.13.2014

I don’t have any excuses for why this training log is so late.  I’ve been running.  I’ve been blogging. I just haven’t been doing my training logs. And here’s why:  I have been afraid about what people would say in response. I’ll explain why after the daily stats. Jan 1: None.  All gyms were closed and, let’s be honest, I was feeling a bit groggy from the hijinks of the night more » Read more