Cilantro’s Training Log – 2.9.2014

I had to check my calendar to make sure this was right but…

Only seven weeks until my first 100k.

I am simultaneously excited and scared to death. I don’t think any of this is aided by all of the ultra books and race recaps I’ve been reading lately. Apparently vomiting is common? Quite excellent.

Since finding a coach willing to take me on pro bono, I’m finding training to be much less anxiety provoking. As much as I wanted to train by feel, being told “do this” takes all of the guesswork out of the training process. I like that. A lot. Plus, if she says it’ll be enough to make it through a 100k, I believe her. No need to go mileage crazy. That being said, I’ve got four weeks of harder training ahead of me, and I can’t wait…. Until the taper. Just kidding. I much prefer training to tapering.

Last week was my first that was really strong since getting the plague flu. It felt good to get back on track!

Last week:

Sunday: Rest (and eat everything in sight)! Go Seahawks!

Monday: 20 miles. Felt pretty strong. I’ve actually ran quite a few of these this training season. I’m beginning to enjoy the 20-miler.

Tuesday: 10 miles. Tough.

Wednesday: 6 miles. Felt amazing and wanted to run more but stopped because my coach said to.

Thursday: 10 miles, interval work. This run was my best this year. Felt strong and fast!

Friday: Rest.

Saturday: 24 miles on the treadmill is hard. Felt pretty rotten post-run so took the rest of the day easy. This is third longest run of the training plan (one 31 in two weeks and 25 two weeks after that, but I think this will be my hardest. Mentally, I just wasn’t ready for it)!

Totals: 70 miles

I’m ready for another awesome week of training!

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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  1. SEVEN WEEKS! That is crazy! I am so excited for you. And super glad to hear you are being coached. 70 mpw is awesome – way to go. And I can’t even comprehend 24 miles on the treadmill, but I know, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do… Excited for you, C.

    1. Thank you so much – it is a huge help, and it’s definitely helping me feel more confident for the race! Still can’t process the seven weeks part though… Thank you for your support!

      Just read your training log; sorry to hear about everything that happened last week. A very heavy time, and I’m thinking of you.