Salty’s Training Log – 8.16.15 & 8.23.15

I really meant to write my training log last week, but it ended up turning into this post instead. I really needed to let that out. On one hand, I love running to compete, pursuing excellence, pushing myself mentally and physically, but on the other and as that post implies, running competitive is just not the best allocation of my resources (time, energy and money). And that’s beyond the fact more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.9.15

I feel like me and running still have some issues to work out. It hasn’t always been a pretty process, but even though I refused to admit it at first, I’ve been slowly accepting that my relationship with running hasn’t always been the healthiest. If you would have asked me, even at the height of my competitiveness, whether I defined myself by running success and I would have scoffed, “of more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.2.15

My brain is most definitely better! On Tuesday, for the first time in a really long time, I thought I could totally run an extra mile for seven today instead of six, and I did it and felt great! And I ran almost 2 hours for my long run that flew by and I never got that oh when is this going to be over feeling, That is the real runner-me. I am not more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.26.15

Well that was quite a week! I think I’m almost recovered from the weekend. As you read in Cilantro’s race report, I was captain of her crew, which I didn’t completely realize until a few days before the race. One thing I learned about Cilantro this weekend is that she doesn’t like to ask for help. I knew she was coming to race, but I was waiting for her to tell more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.19.15

I think I’m really getting a handle on this moderation thing. I’m really digging the concept of not planning my life around training. It’s very liberating. Having things like my health and sanity, family experiences and my well-roundedness as a human being now take precedence over running, I managed to enjoy the sh*t out of myself this past week, when in my former life I might have felt pretty darn more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.12.15

I’m feeling very contradictory about my comeback. On one hand, I feel very excited and optimistic about starting over. On the other, I feel very daunted by the prospect of starting over. On one hand, I am being kind to myself and not judging my current fitness or using the word “should” to describe my running right now. On the other, why the hell am I so slow?! On one more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.28.15 & 7.5.15

Whew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks! My second child turned 5 last Sunday and Cinnamon was in town visiting this past week. So between birthday party planning and squeezing in sisterly bonding time, I’m pooped! And it’s all well and good because I didn’t have time or energy to sweat how much I was (or wasn’t) working out and my month of resting and recovery just kinda merged more » Read more

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