Ginger’s Training Log – 4-12-15

I’m up to 40 miles now and things are going well. I’ve been trying to focus on acknowledging negative emotions during runs rather than getting freaked out by them or letting them ruin the entire run. Much of this process involves telling myself, Ok, I feel this way. Let’s relax a little, let it pass on its own. This mindset helped on my long run, where I told myself I would more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-5-15

The past week was the first down week of this training cycle. It was a pretty uneventful week. However, there was one good workout and not because I effortlessly hit my times but because it tested me. On Wednesday, the little workout was 3 miles at 7:30 pace. 7:30 pace always seems to psych me out even though I’ve run a half marathon at that pace. In fact, every time more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-29-15

We’re just moving right along. Salty posted this article on our Facebook page on Saturday and I found it very encouraging for my current and long term goals. One thing that stood out was the idea that consistency sure does pay off but that it is not easy to maintain when we’re not all paid to run. However, it is possible and this year I have felt like I have more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-22-15

Week 3 of 15 is in the books. This week saw a little bit bigger bump up in miles to 34. And the best news to report is that most of my running this week was entirely pain free. I had some hammy niggle thingy going on mid-week but my chiro appointment easily took care of it. For this week’s long run workout, I had absolutely no pain, which I more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-15-15

Two of fifteen weeks complete! This week went much better on the pain front. Really, there wasn’t much pain at all. I am not sure if this is due to taking my own advice from my most recent post or the fact that I have been doing strengthening exercises and stretching every night. The later sure does go a long way. I continue to build my miles slowly, which likely more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-8-15

Welcome to Week 1 of 15. This was still a light week in mileage as I am playing it safe. I would say that’s been the biggest challenge as marathon training is all about time spent on feet. I just have to keep reminding myself that getting to the starting line healthy is always the first goal. I’ve completed two marathons on minimal mileage so that helps to remind me more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 3-1-15

March! Daylight Savings Time looms, we here in Ohio are slowly climbing out of the freezing temps, and tomorrow starts a 15 week training cycle for my marathon in June. These are the things I am looking forward to over the next couple of weeks. I took the time this past week to take it easy, recover from my race, and mentally get ready for an increase in mileage. I more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-22-15

I raced this past weekend even though my 11 weeks of training were less than ideal. The good news is that my Achilles issue continues to improve and now I can focus on strengthening my feet and back muscles. The other good news is that I took a risk to race a bunch of younger collegiate girls to see what kind of shape I’m in. The bad news isn’t that more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-15-15

This winter has been pretty cold and snowy but it’s not bothering me as much as past winters. Why? I’ve been pulling a Jasmine and running most of my miles on the treadmill. There’s been the usual moaning and groaning from fellow Northeast Ohioans but in my head I’m thinking, “it’s not that bad”. Well, it’s not been that bad because I’ve been hiding from it! It helps that the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-8-15

There was more running this week which is a good thing. However, I am finding that cross training in between running days helps me to feel fresh and energized on my runs. I am also focusing more on time than distance lately, although I still monitor my weekly mileage. I just think that I do better with quality running than quantity running. By utilizing cross training, I will focus more more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 2-1-15

Technically, I’m on week 8 of 11 in the “Dumb Coach” Training Program. I am still following the dates on the calendar I printed off from the Smart Coach website, but due to a minor injury, I haven’t been able to do most of the suggested workouts. However, I learned this week that my commitment to cross training is paying off. I did a light workout on Tuesday and ran more » Read more

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