Pepper’s Training Log – 8/10/2014

Back to marathon training as planned! Three weeks to the NCTM. I accidentally assigned myself and my husband next weeks tempo instead of this weeks, which made it easier for me to do the workouts for sure coming off the 50 mile night last weekend because it was a 3 mile tempo as opposed to 5.Whoops. The track workout went surprisingly well and I was actually excited to run this more » Read more

Pepper’s “Training” Log – 8/3/2014

Absolutely no training occurred last week. Between working two part time gigs and preparing to pace at Burning River over the weekend this chick just didn’t get it in. I was hoping for a bike ride and a couple easy runs but instead I went into the weekend as rested as possible for pacing my friend to his first 100 mile finish. No small feat! So while I had no more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log -7/27/2014

Well this week was another busy one. Week 2 of two part time gigs was somewhat of a bust in the workout department. It’s looking like I may be relegated to a weekend warrior who sometimes squeezes in a bike commute until I nail down this nutty schedule! There’s four weeks to go until the North Country Trail Run and this week was supposed to be a sort of back more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 7/6/14

Week 8 (counting down from 18) of the FIRST training plan is in the books and while there were moments of hope that I have broken out of my training rut they were countered with some worrisome niggles and some seriously rutty days. I have been stubbornly trying to stick to the plan to see what kind of result I could get out of it, even though I haven’t been more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6-29-14

Week 9 of training for the North Country Trail Marathon is done, only 8 to go! After a much needed massage last week and two forced rest days on Monday and Tuesday (I don’t know about you but this girl can’t find time for workouts when she’s working 12+ hour days) I was back at it and the legs were feeling much better than last week. I think it’s safe more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6/22/2014

Well Salty readers this week the legs just weren’t feeling it. I pretty much wanted to shove the FIRST training plan where the sun don’t shine. I’m chalking it up to overdoing it at the half and not being 100% recovered. I made it a down week and I’m hoping for better next week. Monday – Rest Tuesday -“Rest” On feet all day at Cedar Point Wednesday – Goal was more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6/15/2014

Late late late so this is a brief recap of last weeks training: Monday – 13.5 mile bike commute Tuesday – 1 mile warm up then 7 mile tempo followed by short cool down. Felt pretty awful on this one but for the most part stayed in the 7:15-7:30 goal range. Wednesday – Rest Thursday – AM 6 miles with 5*2:00 fast/2:00 slow; PM 8 mile mountain bike ride Friday more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6/8/14

Week 12 of 18 counting down to North Country Trail Marathon got off to a rocky start. My work life balance got entirely out of whack this week and resulted in nothing but a few 30 day ab challenge sets on Monday and Tuesday. But I rallied and managed to salvage the weeks workouts, though not in the way I would prefer most weeks, having to run the tempo and more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log 6/1/14

Week 13 of FIRST is down counting down to NCM. We altered the scheduled slightly this week to account for a duathlon on Sunday. Otherwise stuck to the three key runs and cross training but yet again life added an extra unintended rest day. Monday – “Rest” Tweaked my back lifting an AC unit while prepping my old house for rental. Though no formal exercise plenty of cleaning and lifting. more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 5/18/14 and 5/25/15

Week 15 and 14 counting down to the North Country Trail Marathon: Two busy busy life weeks and a lot less cycling with a bit more running. I felt FIRST progressed a little quickly these weeks upping all 3 key workouts and I’m feeling beat up, but it looks like some reprieve is in sight for the following few weeks. Both weeks saw an extra rest day due to life more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 5/11/14

Week 16 is in the books (we are counting down to the North Country Trail Marathon in August). This also coincided with my office bike to work week so there was a little more cycling this week, no swimming, and one very tired Pepper after all was said and done. Monday – 29 miles commuting (Scenic route home) Tuesday- Voting, intervals, and my second crit race. My legs weren’t feeling more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 5/4/14

Week 17 of the FIRST plan is in the books. Legs are feeling less perky than last week, but I am chalking that up to the start of a cold, a busy work week, and a long weekend of volunteering and birding in the Cleveland Metroparks! Monday- Rest Tuesday- My first CRIT “race.” We have a local road race series on Tuesday nights where they have two groups (A and more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 4/27/14

Well the week started off weak. falling a bit behind at work I sacrificed all free time on Monday and Tuesday working the day away. After that things picked up and I did a few doubles to feel better about only get in 5 days of training. First official week of FIRST 18 week marathon training and my husband and I are both on target and even got in a more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 4/20/14

Better late than never right? The holiday weekend and a huge increase in workload has me running a bit behind (and frazzled) this week. But here is a quickie update. This marked the week before our first official week of training for a fall trail marathon. Like Ginger, my husband and I are on the run less run faster experiment plan for this one. We are using the FIRST 18 more » Read more