Ginger’s Training Log – 5-24-15

We’re getting down to the wire. I’m three weeks out from my spring marathon. This coming week will be my last quality week before taper. Come Friday night, I will have wrapped up all of the difficult parts of training. This past week, I focused on solidifying my goals and rebounding back from my less than stellar workout at the Cleveland half marathon. Monday: 5 miles easy. Tuesday: 5.5 miles more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-17-15

Four weeks to go, two weeks until taper. This past week was interesting. I made it through a 15 day running streak with some of my highest mileage totals ever. I kept any questionable pain at bay and even had a solid track workout on Tuesday. However, Sunday really played with my body and mind at the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon. I am grateful for the experience, a little more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-10-15

Nothing glamorous here this week. I didn’t even feel like taking a picture. I’m actually feeling quite tired and cranky, which is to be expected after another week of 50+ miles and workouts. This is the reality of marathon training. In a way, I like the grinding away at the pavement, the soreness of hard work, but after a while it does get a little old and longing for the more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 5-3-15

The weather is warming up, spring races are filling our minifeeds, and my training cycle is more than halfway done. I’m now 6 weeks out, with 4 weeks left until taper time. I hit 50 miles this week and I’ve only ever been at 50 miles a week a handful of times. This time however, I feel much stronger and the increase in mileage has been handled well by my more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-26-15

The mileage continues to grow and this week I got to practice pacing, fueling, and managing general jitters at a 10 mile race on Saturday. I am very pleased with my training thus far, particularly because I am remaining healthy as the mileage increases. I’ve been keeping the intensity a bit on the lower side compared to previous training programs so I think that is helping as well as continuing more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 4-19-15

Now the real work begins. This past week was an eye opener for me. My long run was definitely humbling. I completed my first official 16 miler on Saturday and my mileage total increased to 44 for the week. Despite the minor challenges, which are gifts in disguise, I continue to run healthy with no major pain or questionable niggles. The work done outside of running is often harder than more » Read more

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