Ginger’s Training Log – 1-25-15

Cross training prevailed over running this week as the Achilles pain came back. Granted the pain is still mild but I am being extra cautious as I have already signed up for a couple of big races this spring. In April, I will run a local 10 mile race. In May, I will run a half marathon at the Cleveland Marathon and in June, my “A” race with be the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1-18-15

Back to life, back to reality. Reality these days isn’t too bad, either. We arrived home yesterday after a week spent on a cruise ship. As I type this, I still feel like I am on said cruise ship, yet we’re “floating” on snow now. Prior to leaving for the Caribbean, I had another week of cross training with some easy running thrown in the mix. For the week ending more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1-4-14

Cross training counts, too! Right? I feel like I got in a solid week of cross training on the stationary bike and on Sunday, my beater bike outdoors. I used to loathe this machine but a proper seat and clip adjustment works wonders. In a way, it was a blessing for this to happen. I gained a new-found appreciation for the bike and it might just be a good idea more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-28-14

When training is going well, it’s easy to overlook the need for days off or even down weeks. Such has been the case for me since November. As I was building up my mileage, I failed to notice that I kept increasing week after week without any down weeks. Nine weeks have since passed and that nagging Achilles pain was nagging a lot more this week. At this point, it more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-21-14

Week 2 and feeling good. With the holidays approaching, things are a bit hectic but not too bad. I think what I did better this year was prepare myself mentally for this time of year. The to-do lists get a little longer, things often feel rushed, and then it’s important to make sure you take time for yourself. Not only does running do that for me but also just lounging more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-14-14

I shall now call my Smart Coach Plan the Dumb Coach Plan because, well, because it’s a fun play on words. Actually James made a joke about calling it that and it has since stuck. As mentioned last week, I am using this current plan as a guide while tweaking a few days/miles/workouts. This past week was week #1 and it was solid. Another thing James and I have talked more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-7-14

This week was a race week after 6 weeks of decent training from the Smart Coach Training Plan. Things didn’t go quite as planned but I am content with the effort. I ran 22:09 in an indoor 5k open college meet. Prior to the race, I had drafted up a plan of action. In the past at these races, I would go out last because I assumed I would be more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-30-14

This was the last full week of the Smart Coach Training Plan, round 2. It went well. I continued to feel stronger and I officially entered the indoor open 5k on December 5th. Thanksgiving was enjoyable as always, hanging with family, eating delicious food, and relaxing. We did not trot this year, opting to sleep in instead. However, we did engage in some pre-turkey calorie-burn. I also got to visit more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-23-14

The past week was a busy one. I did turn a corner with my training but toward the end of the week, I struggled with motivation due to playing catch up with sleep. Outside of running, I gave seven presentations for work on top of wrapping up one of my last pet sitting adventures. Whew, I am tired just typing that. I don’t think I realized how much energy those more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-16-14

  I unintentionally had a streak going on this month. I also continued to stray away from the Smart Coach Plan. The reasoning behind it all is simple: I want to run more miles. I rediscovered the old burning flame recently and I feel energized. I don’t feel as swift yet but I do feel stronger endurance-wise. Looking ahead, I do plan to finally run a marathon next June and so more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-9-14

Welcome to week 2 of my second round of the Smart Coach Training Plan for a 5k. One thing I did differently this week is slog/jog on the suggested off days. James runs at night due to his work schedule and circadian rhythm. Some nights I will drive (or bike if it’s warm) but this week I decided that it might be a better to jog with him. He likes more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-2-2014

A couple of weeks ago I began training again as I started to settle into life’s new schedule. I took some time off after my summer training, completed a marathon, and now I am ready to begin another round of a Smart Coach Training Plan in an effort to run an even faster 5k. The Smart Coach Training Plan, which is provided by Runner’s World and is modeled off of more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 7-13-14

After my recent 5k breakthrough using the SmartCoach training program, I went ahead and generated another program with a goal race on Labor Day (8 weeks out). However, I won’t be following this next round of training as closely as I did the first time. For the most part, my mileage will still be low and my workouts and long runs will be the same. Other than that, I won’t more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 3

This week’s recap is going to be somewhat NRR. NRR is speak for a non-running related topic on their world famous message boards. My NRR is on aging. Friends, help me out. When I turned thirty last year, nothing really felt that different. I didn’t feel old. I didn’t feel tired. I didn’t feel achy. I felt like I did the day before when I was 29. Enter 31. more » Read more