Ginger’s Training Log – 8.28.16

This will be my last log before Erie. The next two weeks will be pretty boring but I’m actually looking forward to that. Tapering does induce some anxiety since our bodies are so used to moving a lot during training but I’m trying to view the rest as a time for my body to prepare for a big performance. The legs will get fresher. The energy will increase. And I’ll more » Read more

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