Vanilla’s Training Log 1-11-15 to 1-17-15

Here goes another week in Boulder! 1/11:  In anticipation of my upcoming half, I headed out for my longest run since November.  Goal was at least 10, and I made it 10.3 miles.  My Garmin died about halfway through the run, so I estimated the distance based on my route.  I’m not gonna lie–I was tired for the rest of the day and had to go to bed early that more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 1-4-15 to 1-10-15

First full week of 2015! 1/4:  I did not feel like doing anything today!  I planned to run, but it was 5 degrees until noon, and then it didn’t warm up at all like forecasted.  When I finally found some motivation to exercise, I decided to hop on my bike for 90 minutes.  But, after 2 miles, it was obvious that my body wasn’t happy, and the thought of riding more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12-28-14 to 1-3-15

Happy 2015!  I hope you all had a nice holiday and celebrated the new year in style!  Here’s to new goals and challenges in 2015! 12/28:  It was only 12 degrees with lots of snow still so I opted for the treadmill.  Set it right under 8:00 pace with the goal of 1 hour and ran 7.65 miles. Longest run in awhile–building up the mileage.  18 miles on the  Computrainer later in more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12/21/14 to 12/27/14

Christmas week training log! 12/21:  7 miles XC skiing about 2 hours west of Boulder. Beautiful scenery, fun with friends, and drinks after at the lodge. 12/22:  5.35 miles @ 42:14 before work. Weights in the evening. 12/23:  1,850m swim before work. 6 miles @ 42:35 with 8 quarters. 12/24:  13.25 miles on the trainer.  Having a hard time getting back my cycling legs!  Office closed early, s I was more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12-14-14 to 12-20-14

Another week in the books! 12/14:  Wanted to do a local 5K race, but the weather conditions were awful, so I thought I would hop on the treadmill for a time trial.  After 3 minutes, it was obvious my body wanted nothing of it, so after mile 1 in 6:38, I shut it down and jogged easy.  5.30 miles in 40 minutes.  1,500m swim in the evening. 12/15:  5.6 miles more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 12-7-14 to 12-13-14

Happy holidays,  Salties!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a training log.  Rather than write a long novel, here’s a quick recap of the past few weeks:  finally put my bike back together only to realize my shifter got damaged, so it went to the doctor, went to KC for Thanksgiving and won first master in the local Turkey Trot in 20:49–fastest in over 2 years, caught a more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 11-9-14 to 11-15-14

My race season officially ended this week with the Rev 3 Half in Florida on Sunday.  After 4 days of beautiful weather, Mother Nature decided to make us work for it by giving us rain, wind, current, puddles and a sandbar to walk over while swimming.  Being literally at sea level, the course was super-fast which made it a little more bearable with the weather. My plan after the race more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 11-2-14 to 11-8-14

Continuing with my theme of ‘catching up’, here is my training log during the week leading up to my race…. 11/2:  Watched the NYC marathon! Waited for it to warm up then headed out on my bike for the last long ride before my half ironman.  48.65 miles. 11/3: 4 miles @ 7:52 average before work.  Weights/core after work. 11/4:  REST DAY!  Loved it! 11/5:  5 miles with friends at 0500!  more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 10-19-14 to 11-1-14

I’ve been swamped lately, so here goes the game of catch-up! 10/19:  RNR Denver Half.  I was fortunate enough to receive a free entry, and I had a long run scheduled, so I figured I would use the race as my long run for the day.  The start line was packed, and the race started 10 minutes late!  I managed to run fairly even:  7:22/7:25/7:30/7:34–uphill/7:15/7:17/7:39–uphill/7:24/7:12/7:28/7:23/7:29/7:38–slight uphill into headwind.  It was definitely a different more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 10/5/14 – 10/11/14

I got to spend most of the week in Chicago working the Marathon Expo at the Newton booth.  The nice thing about traveling with runners is that you are likely to find someone to run with at some point during the day.  We had a lot of fun at the expo, and we met a lot of great people.  It’s not really work when you get to talk about running more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 8-2-14

Greetings from the Rockies!  It’s great to read everyone’s upcoming goals and races, and I’m excited to be feeling better and getting some target mileage in my plan.  My goals for the next few weeks are: Run around 35 miles per week Bike >75 miles per week Swim > 2 miles per week, but aim for 3x in the water Weight train at least 2 hours per week I have more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 7-19-14

Happy Summer!  Seems like the weeks are flying by.  I’m starting to get back on track with training and looking forward to the weeks ahead! 7/13:  Boulder Peak Triathlon (Olympic Distance).  Swim 1,500m; Bike 26+; Run 10K.  Total time:  2:49 and 20th in my age group.  These women are fast on the bike!  The race was fun, and I did better than expected.  A 2 minute swim PR and I more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-29-14

Another week in the books! 6/22:  Travel back from South Dakota to Boulder.  Got in 4 in 31:25 after the storms passed and the soccer game ended.  (Can’t believe how it ended)! 6/23:  21+ miles in the morning–crisp air and sunny.  Weights/core in the evening followed by 1,250m swim. 6/24:  Decided to take a chance on a workout and did 6 x 2 minutes after a 15 minute warm-up.  Got more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-22-14

This week had lots of highlights including my first half ironman of the summer and participating in a community service trip to South Dakota as part of One World Running. 6/15:  Boulder 70.3.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this race given how I have been feeling recently, but I told myself that I would drop at the first sign of any struggle.  I ended up 5:38, just 8 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-1-14 to 6-14-14

Hello Salties!  I’ve missed a week posting my log, so I’m playing catch-up.  I’m still adjusting to liquid iron and figuring out goals for upcoming training and races. 6/1:  Spectated at the Boulder Sprint Trialthlon and watched my hubby race.  Since we live so close to the start and finish, I was able to make it a run of 9 miles to/from home with lots of breaks in between to more » Read more