Catnip’s training log – week ending 8/10/14

I’m happy to have completed my second straight 70 mile week feeling strong! I’m a little disappointed I wasn’t able to complete more quality miles this week (especially during Saturday’s long run), but I’m reminding myself that it’s better to be slightly undertrained and healthy than flirt with exhaustion at this point. Ten weeks to the Columbus Marathon!

Monday: 7.1 miles/1:02 in the morning, 3.5/31:33 after work.

Tuesday: 8.1 miles/1:06:35 in the evening. Did my first-ever stroller mile and it was tougher on my upper body than I expected! I think there’s a learning curve here. Handed the stroller off to Patrick to walk with JB and then finished my run. 6x strides.

Wednesday: 10 miles/1:20:37. Patrick bought me a new Garmin! I might have been a little overexcited to use it, as I clocked several miles sub-8. Felt good though! 5x strides.

Thursday: 3.2 miles/30:10 in the morning, 5.2 miles/46:00 after work. Unusually poor sleep last night. JB still doesn’t sleep through the night and I’m okay with a couple feeding sessions, but getting up 3 times is excessive!

Friday: 9.2 miles with Liz! Tested out a pair of Hokas in the last mile+ and was pleasantly surprised.

Saturday: 16 miles. Ran the first 9+ with Liz, and then split off to do some uptempo work. I failed to read the directions for my new Garmin, so I was fumbling to set it to the correct screen and went out way too hard! I settled for 15 minutes averaging 6:20 pace.

Sunday: 8.5 miles/1:09. Ran home from lunch out with the family.

Total: 70.8 miles

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. What kind of stroller do you have? It’s been so helpful for me. I’ve logged tons of miles with mine. My 5.5 year old will still go with me if I ask him to! It took me a little while to adjust but it seemed way more awful at first than it turned out to be. Now that I’m down to one kid most of the time it feels downright luxurious compared to the double ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great week of training! You’re heading for a pr for sure!

    1. I have a BOB revolution. I was really uncertain how to handle it on curves – how much to turn, etc. It didn’t help that the first time we tried it the front wheel was slightly misaligned so it was pulling left.