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

Cilantro’s Training Log – 12.29.2013 (Past Due)

Somehow I completely forgot to post my training log last week.  The last two weeks have been so filled with family and holiday fun that blogging sort of fell by the wayside.  But it’s been an amazing two weeks, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Last week’s runs: This was my easier week, so I didn’t do any interval training and kept the mileage pretty low, including a step back more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 12.15.2013

Who’s ready for an easier week? Pick me, pick me! I like to cycle my high mileage weeks with a lower mileage/intensity every three weeks, and after the conclusion of this last week, I’m ready for an easier one!  Overall, however, I’m really enjoying ultramarathon training so far and am pulling off most of this training on the treadmill (AKA the treader).  My weekly mileage was 56, and I got in more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 12.1.2013

It took me three months or so to get the date right on my training logs this year (don’t believe me?  go check) and we’re already in the last month of 2013 training logs.  I don’t know what is crazier, the fact that it’s already December or everything that has happened this year.  In fact, all of the milestones that have happened have been great things, which is crazy because the first more » Read more

Cilantro’s (non)Training Log – 11.24.2013

Hey y’all!  After 24 straight hours of travel (and no sleep), I am finally back!  Unbeknownst to me, winter arrived while I was in Europe, and the high temperature today is -6.  Guess my training will most definitely be inside starting Monday. Although I did virtually no running on vacation (10 whole days) I do have some unreported mileage from the week before, worthy of some training log attention. Week of more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 11.10.2013

I’m in such a good place with my running right now.  I love to run, and seriously can’t wait to step out the door in the morning (with the exception of the indoor track days).  Even when I’m running uphill into the winter and snow (hint: today), I love it. I’m the runner grinning like an idiot in the middle of a blizzard that people slow down for and ask more » Read more

Cilanto’s Training Log – 11.3.2013

Best running week ever? Maybe not, but it was still a pretty great week because of the way it started.  I completed my first ultra-marathon last Sunday (read the recap here), which kicked my weekly mileage up to 36 miles (I still can’t believe I did it).  I had some pain on the left side of my left foot and some quad pain that stopped getting better every day on more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.27.2013

Well, heck, I guess you can call me a runner again. As my recent logs have alluded, I’m running again – and it feels amazing. Two weeks ago, I actually started some training again – and while I didn’t have a race in mind, I knew that I needed to start focusing on my running fitness if I wanted to qualify for Boston in the next year (which I definitely) more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.20.2013

It’s a glorious Sunday.  And if I didn’t have a ton of homework to do (at least my midterms are over), this training log would have more substance and less numbers. But instead, it is numbers you get (and a little substance): Sunday: 10 miles (fastest mile: 8:40) Monday: 60 mn elliptical Tuesday: 6 miles, speed intervals, 20 minutes rowing Wednesday: 6 easy miles, 20 mn yoga Thursday: 3 miles, more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.13.2013

Did you know it’s 10.13.2013? This is  almost like 20.13.2013, which would be a repeat of the year twice. Mind. Blown. It must be significant of something, so I have decided to celebrate by getting a running tattoo. Seriously. If you read my training logs (or accidentally read this far when you receive this post via email like all good Salty Readers should), I’m wondering what sort of running tattoos more » Read more