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

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 2

Welcome to the recap for Week 2 of 14 of the RLRF Experiment. The highlight of this week occurred during a piddly 2 mile run on Friday. I had been quite sore from Thursday’s workout (more on that later) and so I went into the run assuming I would feel like crap. I was judging the run before I even took one step. In fact, I did this for an more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 1

I grew up on Spaghetti-Os and Doritos. Occasionally, my mom, sister, and I would delight in a home cooked meal by Grandma but canned goods and snacks were the staple of our working single parent household. As I got older and began running, I upgraded to pre-washed bags of iceburg lettuce and cooked noodles out of the box instead of the can. Without a solid foundation in cooking, I grew more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-22-13

Less than a week away from race day. On paper, I messed up my taper. I ended up taking the first three days of the week off and had one final ART session to assist in healing my foot troubles. Truth be told though, I’m not sure how much my foot actually hurts or if I am just projecting my anxiety onto my foot! So, as hard as it may more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-15-13

It’s taper time and I didn’t even know it! Alright, I knew I was two weeks out a few days ago but some on and off foot pain that caused me to pull things back a bit before official taper made me feel extra anxious and irritable, enough to forget how close I am to game day. This Running  Times’ post hit the spot for sure. I’ve been managing the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 9-8-13

Playing it safe toward the end of last week’s training paid off. Yes, it was tough to pull things back for a bit as I struggled with second guessing myself, anxiety over whether or not I was losing fitness, and in general, feeling on edge with increased amounts of energy! Preview of the taper that is to come? I saw my ART chiropractor on Wednesday and he agreed that I came more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-25-13

This past week featured the heaviest volume my marathon training cycle will see. My goal was to push through feeling tired and see what happens. For most of my runs this week, I started off feeling sluggish and ended them feeling really good, a pace that I would consider marathon pace. I also realized that when I questioned what kind of shape I am in last week that I was more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 8-18-13

As you may already know, I’ve been training for the 2013 Akron Marathon. I just wrapped up the 10th week of my training plan, which isn’t a very strict plan. My main focus has been on making sure I get one long run and one tempo by feel in each week. Some weeks have been more successful than others, but in all, I am very much enjoying training this way! Running more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-12-13

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a log and quite a bit has happened in my spice world. Since the beginning of this year, I have found myself striving for simplicity in the way that I live. Getting back to the basics has helped me to realize what matters most to me in life. I’ve changed the way I spend money, changed the way I view work, and changed the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-7-13

Spring has finally sprung, at least here in Northeast Ohio, and that begs the question, how are those new years resolutions coming along? I made more of a process oriented resolution, to rediscover why I run. The year so far has provided many of opportunities to answer this personal question. The beginning of the year saw my running times slow down in an effort to learn how to listen to more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-17-13

Interesting week. Life is on the brink of changing soon and I’ve noticed my focus on running has been in and out. Contractors are completing the finishing touches on James’s house, meaning that in a week or so, I can start moving. We are so happy with the decision to have contractors take over. If we would have done everything by ourselves, the process would have taken years! We can take more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-10-13

Cage the animal. It’s a concept James introduced me to a while back but it took me some time to fully understand. I’ll be racing an indoor track 5k next weekend. And an 800 for fun, too. But my primary focus is the 5k. Having ended 2012 on a low note with an under performing 5k, I did not make any plans to be racing again. But when I started more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-3-13

Hi again! I swear I’ve been running, I just haven’t been writing about it lately. Despite a rough month of January (due to the loss of a beloved relative and my first pet) I am trying to look forward to the month of February. Not only is it the month of my birthday but I’ll also be racing an indoor 5k and 800 meter race on February 16th (the day before my big 3-0). Not to mention more » Read more