Catnip’s training log – 3.27.16

Not refueling (I'm not a machine) but EATING after my 16 miler!
Not refueling (I’m not a machine) but EATING after my 16 miler!

Somehow the topic of TV came up in conversation with three different people this week. I feel as if telling someone I don’t own a television is one of the most shocking things I could say! One person even asked what I do. Well, I read a lot! And, since you’re reading my running log you’ll know that I run a lot and that means lots of podcasts. Quite a few are  share-worthy this week so here we go!

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. I grabbed it at the library because it had a runner on the cover and it did not disappoint! The author writes knowledgeably about racing and training as well as immigration, racism, and politics.

Magness and Marcus on Coaching: Episode 28 – The Psychology of Breakthroughs. Several good observations, above all that having a breakthrough doesn’t mean you need to bump up your training the next week.

The Undisclosed Podcast.  I was a junior in high school when Hae Min Lee was killed so in a weird way I feel a connection and a responsibility to witness justice in this case.

Reply All: #57 – Milk Wanted. This is one of the podcasts on auto-download and I really appreciated their look at breastfeeding and milk-sharing.

And now for the actual running…

Monday: 3.4 in the morning @ 8:41 average, 7.4 @ 8:18 after work.

Tuesday: Unfortunately I had no way of shuffling things to do this fartlek outside so I braved it on the treadmill – 20x 1 min hard/1 min jog. Started at 10.1 mph and the fastest ones at 10.6. It was hard but I still felt unsatisfied with it, probably because it was just weird to do on the treadmill. Total was 8.3 mi @ 7:19 average pace.

Wednesday: 11.5 miles @ 8:10 average on the treadmill.

Thursday: This one was satisfying! More than that – maybe even a runner’s high. Ran 5 miles tempo in 30:36 — with no bathroom break!! In the middle I fell into the trap of thinking I should slow down before I realized I was just bored and snapped out of it. Total was 10 miles @ 7:14 average with the warmup and cooldown.

Friday: I’ve been struggling to knock out the Friday doubles recently, despite having a flexible schedule on Fridays. After a fun morning with friends, ran 3.5 @ 8:52 average and then hopped back on the treadmill for 6.2 @ 8:30 pace after JB went to bed.

Saturday: 16 miles @ 8:53 average on hilly trails. Wonderful morning!

Sunday: 11 miles @ 8:43 average pace, more than half of this with friends!

total = 77.3 miles.

Four weeks until the Glass City Marathon!

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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  1. Solid week! I’m intrigued by the 11-miler after the 16 miler, were your legs tired? Based on the pace it doesn’t look like it…oh, and fellow non-tv-owner here. It’s so subversive and threatening! “But what do you DO? How do you know what’s going on in the world???” Have those people never heard of the Internet?

    1. My coach has me doing ~27-28 miles/weekend. Usually it’s not too difficult to come back for 8-11 miles, but I was pretty tired yesterday. Fortunately I had company and they kept it at ~8:40s and we had great conversation to make it interesting.

  2. Way to rock the tempo! And thanks for sharing what you’re listening to – I am always looking for recommendations.