Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.14.16

A good week.  I finally got in a real long run, and while my paces aren’t where I’d like them to be, I’m happy with my running and overall fitness levels. Monday: 5 miles total, 20:00 of hill training. Average pace, 8:34.  Crossfit core after work: 3 rounds: :60 plank, 10 KB pilates sit-ups, 10xside planks, 20 KB oblique dips, 20 crunches. Tuesday:  Intervals of running, rowing, and the assault more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 6.5.2016

When my workouts were emailed to me at the beginning on the week, I gulped a bit.  These workouts are going to be wicked hard.  But since I’m fully concussion recovered, I’m also excited.  CFE workouts may be hard, but they are also usually fairly short, and that makes the crazy pain bearable. Monday: Memorial Day and also much-needed rest day.  I took an easy 4 mile hike in the more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – the last six months

Introducing Cilantro! Cilantro is an ultra-runner, soon-to-be grad school graduate who follows training plans like the mileage and workouts are “suggestions” and falls in love with Hungarian men at “Jo napot kivanok.” Stop, you had me at Szia. Just kidding. Last you heard of me (other than Begamot’s awesome Pisces runner post (which was spot on, yo), I had just finished Burning River with the best Salty crew a girl more » Read more

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