Ginger’s Training Log – 12-14-14

I shall now call my Smart Coach Plan the Dumb Coach Plan because, well, because it’s a fun play on words. Actually James made a joke about calling it that and it has since stuck. As mentioned last week, I am using this current plan as a guide while tweaking a few days/miles/workouts. This past week was week #1 and it was solid. Another thing James and I have talked more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 12-7-14

This week was a race week after 6 weeks of decent training from the Smart Coach Training Plan. Things didn’t go quite as planned but I am content with the effort. I ran 22:09 in an indoor 5k open college meet. Prior to the race, I had drafted up a plan of action. In the past at these races, I would go out last because I assumed I would be more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-30-14

This was the last full week of the Smart Coach Training Plan, round 2. It went well. I continued to feel stronger and I officially entered the indoor open 5k on December 5th. Thanksgiving was enjoyable as always, hanging with family, eating delicious food, and relaxing. We did not trot this year, opting to sleep in instead. However, we did engage in some pre-turkey calorie-burn. I also got to visit more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-23-14

The past week was a busy one. I did turn a corner with my training but toward the end of the week, I struggled with motivation due to playing catch up with sleep. Outside of running, I gave seven presentations for work on top of wrapping up one of my last pet sitting adventures. Whew, I am tired just typing that. I don’t think I realized how much energy those more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-16-14

  I unintentionally had a streak going on this month. I also continued to stray away from the Smart Coach Plan. The reasoning behind it all is simple: I want to run more miles. I rediscovered the old burning flame recently and I feel energized. I don’t feel as swift yet but I do feel stronger endurance-wise. Looking ahead, I do plan to finally run a marathon next June and so more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-9-14

Welcome to week 2 of my second round of the Smart Coach Training Plan for a 5k. One thing I did differently this week is slog/jog on the suggested off days. James runs at night due to his work schedule and circadian rhythm. Some nights I will drive (or bike if it’s warm) but this week I decided that it might be a better to jog with him. He likes more » Read more

Ginger’s Training Log – 11-2-2014

A couple of weeks ago I began training again as I started to settle into life’s new schedule. I took some time off after my summer training, completed a marathon, and now I am ready to begin another round of a Smart Coach Training Plan in an effort to run an even faster 5k. The Smart Coach Training Plan, which is provided by Runner’s World and is modeled off of more » Read more

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 Letsrun.com 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