Training Log in Michigan, week one 3.1.2015

It was another stressful week, so let’s go with the pictures again.

Monday I started a new job at Melexis. It was six below zero, I didn’t have the gym thing worked out and I had to do the pretend to be a professional, so I cashed in my “get out of running free” card.

New Job
New Job

Tuesday I went to the I Hate Gym and ran an hour MP workout plus warm up and cool down 11 miles total.

MP workout is 8.8mph at 1%.
MP workout is 8.8mph at 1%.

Wednesday, looked to be the warmest day of the week, so I didn’t miss any time breaking in road new my new office and making use of the office shower. I ran from my office and did a loop around Walled Lake. It was ten degrees. This is  unreal. 10.5 mi and a couple of photo-op stops.

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Thursday, I was back at the I Hate Gym and ran cruise intervals. warmup then 4 x 1.5mi at 9.4mph with 2 minute rests.  10 miles total.

Friday at the I Hate Gym an easy range progression run totaling 10 miles.

Saturday, I wasted enough time that it warmed up a little and I skipped the I Hate Gym in favor of running in Northville. 10.5 mi

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Then my dirty hippie friends burned some oil to come from Akron Ohio to visit for the afternoon.  I took them to see Northville, my office, Walled Lake, and Ann Arbor and met one of our readers in person.

Dirty hippie kid at my desk
Dirty hippie kid at my desk
Running around walled lake
Running around walled lake
Dirty Hippie kid in a barrel in Ann Arbor
Dirty Hippie kid in a barrel in Ann Arbor
and then they go home.
and then they go home.

Sunday… Now, the part you care about…. Sunday with the Hansons! This is the coolest stuff ever. We all start out in the store. Keith announces that all winter stuff is buy one get one free blah–blah–blah. The team’s new girls take off with the competitive men and I follow them until we spread out and I go with the two girls. I think I ran with Danni Miller and Jen Rock.

Then Keith drives out the elite men and some women to run a workout which I think was some sort of 2 mile repeats somewhere on Barr Road, I think. They, including the other elite women blew by us somewhere in that third mile. The run is on frozen dirt roads. I actually hit some ice and wiped out in the state park. I had so much clothing on it wasn’t a big deal. You can see the pacing on Strava.
Then back at the store, I broke out the beer, made some friends, hung out for hours. This is the coolest stuff ever. You have to see it in person. I’m hoping it takes a while before the novelty wears off. It still feels like I’m on vacation.  15.5 miles
Hansons running
Hansons running
Friends
Friends

And that’s a wrap. I also sent a bazillion e-mails to our little network of fast girls that have actually never met in person. We’ll talk about that some other time. We are all racing in the next two months and will or at least hope to have some good things to show off.

Week: 67.5 mi
Year: 594 mi
https://www.strava.com/athletes/jessicamann

I'm a subelite marathon runner, but I didn't come from a collegiate running background. Instead I'm trying to break into competitive running in my thirties. I write about chasing the dream of running with the elite girls and tell stories of adventures along the way. Watch me chase the next big thing.

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3 comments

  1. Awesome stuff. Beyond jealous of both your MP miles and the super cool Hansons network and long run group. And very cool that the office shower will hopefully make the I Hate Gym a thing of the past once the weather improves. Solid week of training – nice job!

  2. I miss Michigan so much, believe me, the crappy winter is worth it for the beautiful summer. Hanson’s was our running store when I ran in HS, had no idea how legendary it was until many years later!

  3. It was so nice to finally meet you! Glad you had a great first week here. Michigan is bad…but it’s not THAT bad. And you’ll learn quickly that people really like you if you bring beer everywhere you go!