When I was just a regular Salty Running reader, I used to skip entire weeks of training logs, marking them as read on my feed-reader, and went straight to the ‘informative’ content. What could I possibly learn from workouts and training volumes designed for people who ran marathons entire hours faster than I could? And likewise, what could anyone else possibly have to learn from reading my training logs? Sure, we’re all runners. We all face the same struggles – stagnation, setbacks, injuries, and disappointments. It was just that…some of the training bore zero resemblance to my training reality. And some of the successes bore so little resemblance to mine.
And yet people (you!) do read them, and are kind enough to respond and comment and suggest and empathise. Thank you. I appreciate it.
The theme of this set of training logs is ‘curveball’. There’s always one, every marathon training cycle. This year’s curveball is microbes.
Week ending August 20
Monday – AM: 1 mile to and from pool, 30:00 pool run. PM: Track workout with group: 2 miles warmup, 3x (1600m with each lap faster, 2x 100m strides, 400m shuffle jog), 1 mile cooldown.
Tuesday – 5 miles easy
Wednesday – AM: 4 miles with mid 2 @ tempo. PM: 1 mile to and from pool, 30:00 pool run.
Thursday – Travel day (we went to Chicago for a friend’s wedding). No run.
Friday – Kid comes down with sinus infection, springs high fever. No run. We head to wedding; I take kid back to hotel (he spent the wedding on meds, listless and grumpy) after the ceremony so he can get some rest.
Saturday – I’d planned to do my first 20-miler of the training cycle with a Chicago-based friend. He, too, was sick earlier in the week, and I’m inexorably falling sick with kid microbes, so we trim it down to 16 miles.
Sunday – Travel day. No run.
Total: 34 miles run, 60:00 pool run, lots of kid-snuggling.
Week ending August 27: Cutback week – Xtreme Edition
Monday – Wrangling sick kid and work. (He can’t go to daycare with a fever, obviously, and we have zero family nearby, so my husband and I tag-team; I work in the morning and take the afternoon off, he takes the morning off and works in the afternoon, we both work through naptime and in the evening.) Falling sick and feeling crappy. No run.
Tuesday – Wrangling sick kid and work. Falling sicker. No run.
Wednesday – Wrangling sick kid and work. Definitely sick. No run.
Thursday – Kid well enough to go back to daycare. Took myself and my above-the-neck cold out for 4 really, really easy miles to get some sunshine.
Friday – Cold subsiding. 3 miles. My yardstick for whether I’m getting better is: am I excited to go for a run? If the answer is yes, I’m definitely getting better. The answer was yes.
Saturday – Cold subsiding. Mini long run, 8 miles. Then we packed up basically our entire house and went camping with friends – two other families and their kids. It was dry and clear, but the temperature got down to about 45F at night – brr! Otherwise, our perfect overnight involved lots of food, enough s’mores to feed a small army, and chasing three skinny-dipping toddlers around a lake beach.
Sunday – Came home, ate some more, ran 4 miles to/ from playground with stroller.
Total: I don’t think this is what my coach had in mind when she wrote a cutback week into my plan, but it was what I needed.
Currently reading: Shaun Assael, Steroid Nation. It’s an entertaining look at the colourful characters who dominated the underground steroid world from the 1980s to the 2000s, but barely scratches the surface to explore the why of steroids. Terrifyingly, a ‘related searches’ list when I Googled Steroid Nation included ‘medicine for bodybuilding without side effects’ and ‘how much testosterone should I inject’. Ah, instant gratification without consequences. (GUYS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING. MAY YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.)
Currently eating: Smitten Kitchen’s zucchini rice gratin, except I subbed a cup of cooked quinoa for 1/2 cup uncooked rice. What do you do when your garden produces a zucchini bounty?