Cilantro’s (much delayed) training log – January

First, an apology.  While I have been training (and training hard) for this summer’s Run Across America for Sexual Violence Awareness, I have been quite remiss on posting my training logs here.  That is due to change, and it will.  But first, I will catch up you on what has been going on, training-wise, in the last month.

After taking a recovery week (or two over the holidays), I resumed training in earnest the first week of January:

Jan 5-11:

Monday: 90 mn elliptical; full body strength training

Tuesday: 12 miles, easy + I moved out of my old place

Wednesday: 9 miles, easy (my training plan called for six and I went over it by three, which I paid for the next day)

Thursday: shoveling and 11 miles, speedwork (wicked hard). I decided not to do strength training because I’d been moving and shoveling and felt exhausted.

Friday: rest day + moved into my new place

Saturday: 33 miles ( and easier than I thought)

Sunday: 35 miles total: 25 in the AM and 10 more after lunch. As expected, these miles were tough. I wanted to do something other than running with someone else this afternoon, so I tried to get the mileage done before 1 pm.  But it was not to be.  After my amazing 33 miles yesterday, I was just physically and mentally tired and couldn’t make it any more than the 25 I did (and they were getting slower and slower as I went, averaging 12 minute miles).  I also had to get checked into my new on-campus housing too (I definitely overbooked myself), so I did that and ate lunch in the break between the runs, only to come back and put in 10 more strong miles. I am always in awe with what my body can do in these second runs, especially as only two hours earlier I had felt like I couldn’t run a single step. But I did them, and more.

Total: 100 miles exactly

Jan 12-18: This was a tough week – I got a virus and it was the first week of the semester.

Monday: 60 minutes elliptical

Tuesday: 12 miles.  They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes your stronger, but I feel like people who say that aren’t ultra runners.

Wednesday: 6 miles; 2 in the afternoon

Thursday: 14 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 6 miles

Sunday: 36

Total: 76 miles

Jan 19-25: 

Monday: 36 miles

Tuesday: 12 miles, easy

Wednesday: 6 miles, tempo

Thursday: 12 miles, easy

Friday: rest

Saturday: 38 miles

Sunday: 38 miles.  Again, this was my strongest run of the week.  I did the first six + miles outside in my new Adidas Boost trail shoes, and loved them.  If my CamelBak hadn’t completely frozen over, I probably would have done much more of the run outside.  In retrospect, it was a good thing.  I always advocate making the transition from ‘milll to outside slowly, and give new shoes time to warm up.  I’m hoping for some warmer temps this week so I can get back outside!

Total: 142

And this brings us to last week (a recovery week)!

Jan 26 – Feb 1:

Monday: 60 minutes elliptical. After back-to-back 38 mile runs, this was the extent of what I could do, Monday.  I was pretty worn out all day too.

Tuesday: 13 miles, felt good, but definitely ready to be done at 13.

Wednesday: 8 recovery miles; arms/core strength training

Thursday: 10 miles, speedwork.  This flew by; I had a 10 am meeting, so I rushed to get this in.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 30 miles

Sunday: 30 miles

Total: 91 miles

Successes: Finally got some strength training in. Plan to keep that up.

And now, we are all caught up!  Next week is big.  I’m ramping up the long runs and the weekday mileage, and looking forward to a great week!

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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