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

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-25-14

It’s hard to believe that the unofficial start to summer is here!  This week was much better for me training-wise.  I’m starting to feel much stronger during my workouts thanks to an increase in iron supplement.  The next big race (Boulder 70.3) is about 3 weeks away! Sunday:  Colfax Marathon Relay with the Newton Corporate Team.  My leg was 3.7 miles, and I had plans to push it hard.  But, more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-11-14

This week was all about trying to regain strength and work on getting back into a routine! Sunday:  Miscalculated my route and ended up riding almost 50 miles rather than 35-40.  Oh well, at least I got in some good miles on the bike. Later, I went for a swim (outdoors) for just over a mile. Monday:  Our anniversary!  Two years have flown by, and it’s hard to believe how more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-4-14

Well Salties, I had BIG plans for getting back into running and training this week, but my body had a different plan in mind.  On Tuesday, I became ill and ended up in the hospital for 2 days, then I spent the rest of the week resting and easing back into things.   Fortunately, everything seems fine, but I do need to have some additional tests done throughout the month to more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-27-14

With the exception of Boston on Monday, this week (training-wise) was short and sweet.  My race didn’t go as planned–race report is coming–but I was glad to be a part of such an extraordinary event and meet up with some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.  The energy and vibe on race day and throughout the entire weekend was amazing! Sunday:   Lovely 4 mile run with my husband along the more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-16-14

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a training log.  It’s one of those things that has fallen through the cracks as training becomes more intense and work become a little more busy.  I’ve successfully logged 60+ miles for 4 consecutive weeks.  I’m getting excited for Boston! Sunday:  21 miler all on pavement except for 2 miles.  It was beautiful weather, and I felt great until mile 14.  more » Read more

Vanilla’s Two Weeks of Training

Greetings Salty Readers!  I hope that the Polar Vortex, or whatever they are calling it now isn’t dampening your spirits and training too much!  We’ve been experiencing some high winds, which make it rough for running.  Boulder has clocked winds of 71 and 89 mph!  Still, we have much warmer temps and sunshine, so I’m not complaining too much. I’ve skipped a week reporting my training log, and coincidentally, it more » Read more