Salty’s Training Log – 6.14.15

Week 2 of the forced lay-off. I stayed true to my word and have done ZERO aerobic exercise. I did do a kettlebells workout that had me sore for 4 days (that’s what I get for hitting it hard after not strength training for 2 months!) I also went to a race, but all I did was cheer for friends with Ginger and my girls. I didn’t miss running at more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.7.15

Last I left you, I was deciding how to approach my goal half marathon after an entire season of struggles. I struggled with motivation. I struggled to hit paces. I struggled to enjoy my running. I had hoped that with a season of a significantly lighter load than what I had doing prior to getting injured around Chistmastime that I’d slowly recover and rediscover my passion. But it never happened. more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.24.15 & 5.31.15

Oh, people. I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like one great big heaping mess of a runner right now. I just don’t know what to do with myself. I’m going to write a bunch about what’s gone on the last couple of weeks, but if want to skip straight to my whining, you can go down to the ***. Last I left you, I bagged my planned more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.17.15

The last training week of my 30’s came and went. I had a cutback in mileage, with 2 fartleks and a race on tap. The workouts went fine, but the race … well. Not so much. I should know better by now, but for some reason I thought I’d want to race the 10k at the Rite Aid Cleveland races. As far as larger regional marathons go, this one just more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.3.15 and 5.10.15

I’m still stuck in my running purgatory: not out of shape, but not exactly PR-ready either. Sometimes I get mad at my old self for setting the bar so darn high. How’d I ever do any of that, I wonder often. As time goes on, I accept this state. My goals for myself and the role of running in my life are changing and I honestly don’t know what they more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 4.26.15

Nothing demonstrates the difference between my training under my old coach and training with McMillan more than a race. With a 10 mile race this past Saturday, my week’s load was light. Even better, I get to enjoy a recovery week after the race. So nice! Much better than following up a 10 mile race with a hard week and then getting injured (duh). I’m excited to rest up from a solid performance more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 4.19.15

I had a pretty darn great week of training! Decent mileage, fun workouts and great weather really helped me feel like my old self this week. I’m cautiously optimistic about my upcoming races this spring. I’m racing this upcoming Saturday and while that’s almost certain to not be a PR, I think I might be able to come closer to my goal times for my later season races than I more » Read more

Salty’s Training Logs – 4.4.15 and 4.11.15

The only excuse I have for being so behind on my training logs is that I schlepped two little kids across the country by myself and spent 4 days at Disneyland cavorting with my best friend and my best sister (Cinnamon). I managed to finish up the Salty Madness tournament by creating polls and posts on my phone (with varied success), but beyond that I just didn’t have time or more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log 3.22.15 & 3.29.15

Ive managed to string together to back to back 50+ mile weeks! Woo! The best part is that for the most part I’m feeling a lot more like my old self. The most notable development in my running and nonrunning life is that I’ve now weaned my youngest! Wednesday marked the first day in over 7 years that I was not either pregnant or nursing (or both)! Mon: 4 with more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 3.15.15

The week was going along ok until I noticed I was feeling a little bla. Not full-blown sick, but my stomach, shall we say, was off and I had a head ache. My son was complaining of similar symptoms. I wrote it off as one of those bugs that would pass, but on Thursday the school nurse called me and asked me to pick up my son who was now more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 3.8.15

I am slowly coming around to accepting that I have been overtraining for years now and that my body and mind are not capable of charging hard. They both need a long recovery period … and that’s just to get to normal. I am beginning to fear that I might have completely screwed myself out of ever logging another PR again. This is a tough pill to swallow, but one more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 3.1.15

WOO! Made it through February alive! It was the coldest February on record here in Northeast Ohio, so that means it was frickin’ freezing! After a very stressful week last week, I was in recovery mode this week. I tried to get lots of sleep and relax. I kept my runs on the shorter side of the range in my plan for the most part too. I’ve been struggling to more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 2.22.15

Holy stress! On Monday evening after the kids went to bed, my husband approached me and said he wanted to talk. “Are you pregnant?” I asked him? “Divorcing me? What is going on?!” And then he broke it to me: he’s sending me and my two oldest kids to Disneyland in California with my best friend and her two kids as my 40th birthday gift! YEAH! I never ever would more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 2.15.15

This is the point of winter when I start really hating life. I never ever ever have had a great February. It’s just not my month. I don’t mean to be all wa-wa on you, but damn if it takes so much extra energy and effort to not be full-on Ziggy under a black cloud at this point in the year. Fortunately, I’m not depressed this year. Just straight-up cooped more » Read more