Ginger’s Training Log – 11/22/15

The week was, eh. I had planned to race the Fall Classic Half Marathon. I made it six miles before I decided to drop out due to intense IT band and knee pain, the same pain that started two weeks ago. The course is a double loop so after 6, I didn’t think it was a good idea to risk going back out there and possibly getting stranded. I was feeling good more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-15-15

This week was bittersweet. I hit both of my workouts and felt great aerobically. Both workouts were better than any other tempo I did in the spring. However, the bitter part was that I’ve been struggling with some IT Band and knee pain. It isn’t injury territory yet and I hope to be able to keep it at bay. I’m back at the chiro and also increasing the amount of more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-8-15

I’m two weeks out from the half marathon. Because I got a late start to the fall season, I am planning to use the race to jumpstart winter training. I am shooting for 1:44-1:46. It’s quite far from my 2012 PR of 1:39 but at the same time, it would be a step in the right direction. Monday: 50 minutes slow on the treadmill watching Breaking Bad. I am late more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log- 11-1-15

Goals for the week were to have a strong workout and a longer long run on the weekend. I accomplished both. It is still a bit of an adjustment running slower than a few years ago but for the most part, it relieves so much stress! Monday: Off/rest. I got a massage at a new place. It was a bit different. I went in expecting full body work, a relaxation more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 10-25-15

This week featured a 10k race. And not just any 10k race. If you ever find yourself in Ohio, Youngstown specifically, around the end of October then you should consider running the Peace Race. This was my second time running and it only gets better. The scenery is perfect as much of the race is run in Mill Creek Park. It has energetic crowd support, quite a few downhills, free Dunkin Donuts and coffee, and more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 10-18-15

Greetings, Salty followers. This week was a good one training wise as well as just in general when it comes to running. I volunteered to be a part of the Columbus Marathon Psyching Team, which is a group made of up of sport psychology and mental health professionals who help runners with the mental side of the race. We had a table at the expo and then were present in the corrals at more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 10-11-15

I’m six weeks out from my fall half marathon race. I’m not expecting a PR or even a quick time. Rather, I’m using the goal race to get back into a routine, one where I’m not on the verge of burning out or facing injury. My bigger goal is to run a fall marathon next year. But along the way, I want to set some milestones. The first milestone will more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 10-13-15

6 days of running this week and solid training is starting to take form. I enjoyed the cooler temps and a few runs in the rain. I feel stronger when running in overcast weather, not exactly sure why though. Overall, I’ve been doing ok the last few weeks but have struggled a bit with anxiety and depressive symptoms as I increase my medication back to my normal dose. I also more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-27-15

I hit five days of running this week and continued to feel less awkward and achy, except for some intense DOMS after incorporating squats into my weekly routine again. Although I will be the first to admit that I love the feeling of delayed onset muscle soreness. To me, it’s like the body reminding you that you are alive, a saying hello of sorts. Overall, the week was a good more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-20-15

The miles are still slim but I am feeling a spark again and that is exciting. My coach gave me the outline for this week and we are aiming for the Fall Classic Half Marathon on November 22nd. I may also do a 10k on October 25th for training purposes. This week, I received both pairs of new shoes I ordered and I am very impressed with the new Hoka more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-13-15

My stubbed toe has been on the mend and this past week I was able to run four times. This matched up perfectly with the slight change in weather and scenery. I love this time of year. It is inspiring and great for running. Really, any time the season changes, it does the body and mind good. I didn’t do any cross training this past week as I wanted to ease more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-30-15

I have some good news to report: the toe is better! I can wear one pair of work shoes AND I’m up to five minutes of running so far. I’m going to take it easy coming back, continuing with short runs before/after cross training. In other news, I decided to go back on Zoloft as things were just not improving mood wise. Each week my anxiety seemed to get worse. more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-16-15

Last week was a bit of fluke in the pain department. I thought things were getting better but they actually seemed to have taken a few steps back. So, no running this past week. And now, I’ve come to accept it is likely going to be a couple more weeks before I start back up again. In a way, I am happy this happened because I do think that had more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-9-15

Another week of cross training here. I did see my chiropractor on Tuesday and he gave me some new strengthening exercises to do during the downtime. My mood improved this week but my anxiety increased. According to this comprehensive article on antidepressant withdrawal, this is all quite normal and could continue to last for a few more months. Knowing all of this reassures me that I am not going crazy, more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-2-15

I am not exactly sure why but I’ve been very cranky and irritable as of late. I have my suspicions which include still having some side effects of withdrawing from Zoloft as well as being on a hormonal IUD. It also doesn’t help that I badly bruised my toe this past week by walking into the couch. That was hilarious and heartless at the same time when it happened. As more » Read more