Ginger’s Training Log – 8.7.16

5 weeks to go until my goal marathon race in Erie, PA. This also means there are really only 3 weeks left of solid training. Boy, did that go fast! Time does fly when…yeah, this has been fun this time around. My coach and I seemed to have hit the sweet spot with training, focusing more on strength based workouts. All of my intervals have been between 1000 meters and more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 7.17.16

Every time I go to write out a training log, I google: “How many weeks until September 11th, 2016?” The answer for today is 8 weeks. Deduct 2 weeks for tapering and that leaves me with 6 weeks left. Time is flying! Training so far this summer has gone well in the quality sense. More often than not, I haven’t hit my target paces but I learned something about myself more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Vlog – 6.5.16

14 weeks until Erie! I’m further ahead training wise than I was at this point in last year’s marathon training. This is exciting. I had some lingering right ankle/foot pain last week. The chiro indicated I needed to strengthen my big toe (on each side). His evidence for such a random diagnosis was that I had identical calluses on each toe in the same spot. There was some more science more » Read more

Ginger’s Training (V)Log – 5.22.16

When I wrote this week’s Friday 5, the idea came to me to start vlogging (video logging) my training for the 2016 Erie Marathon via Snapchat. So on Thursday, I made my first video and I hope that you’ll come follow along (@jinger.nicole). Mainly I hope you will follow along because it is easier to record video than to sit down and write out a log. I can’t promise a digital log more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3.20.16

This was a rough week. For whatever reason I felt sluggish on every run, as if I was running in quicksand. It could have been feeling the effects of the 5k race, running in cold weather again, or starting and then stopping a new birth control pill because I had assumed most of the sluggys were due to that. Outside of running, I was cranky and tired, opting for naps more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3.13.16

Training has been going well the last few weeks. I did a local 5k on Saturday and broke 22 minutes for the third time in my running life. It was a good race and probably the best overall 5k on the mental and physical fronts. Looking back, I could have gone a little faster toward the end of the race but I did do a good job of pushing through more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2.21.16

The last two weeks were jammed packed! And at times overwhelming. In the end, I got in some decent running, exploring, and even a little racing. Prior to this past week, James and I traveled to Irvine, California to visit with a good friend of ours then headed to Los Angeles to assist Cinnamon and the Salty Team with Trials coverage. It was a short trip but we seemed to more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2.7.16

The month of February began this week and a little tidbit of info is that February is the birth month of a couple of Salties, including myself. I like this month not only for that reason but it just always feels warm and cozy and red, which is one of my favorite colors. So anyway, we’re off to a good start! This week saw two quicker workouts and nice steady more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1.31.16

This week’s focus was to get to the indoor track, keep an eye on my left leg/hip area, and continue to increase the long run. How did it turn out? See below. Monday: Leisure walk- 50 minutes. Tuesday: 55 minutes with track workout. 2 sets of 4 x 400 meters with 60 seconds rest and then 4 x 200 meters with 30 seconds rest. We weren’t sure what my paces more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1.24.16

Things kicked up a few notches this week and I was very pleased. I know I’ve said it multiple times on here, so much so I can’t even count the number of training logs and posts. I am (maybe turning into was) afraid of pain and discomfort. This past fall I had a slight setback mentally but it resulted in learning more about mindfulness. As such, I am starting to see more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 1.17.16

Hello there! Base training has been going well. I like this kind of training. There is no race looming over my head. Just putting in time and miles for later use. Right now, we’ve found a good balance of 5 days a week for running and on the other two days I am either walking 40-60 minutes or resting. I also noticed that taking stair climbing breaks 3-5 times a more » Read more

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