Ginger’s Training Log – 1.17.16

Hello there! Base training has been going well. I like this kind of training. There is no race looming over my head. Just putting in time and miles for later use. Right now, we’ve found a good balance of 5 days a week for running and on the other two days I am either walking 40-60 minutes or resting. I also noticed that taking stair climbing breaks 3-5 times a day at work has helped improve my strength. My tempo paces feel a bit easier than the last training cycle. I haven’t done much speedwork or long runs so my guess is it’s the stairs and strength training.

Happy birthday to my Grandma. She turned 80 today and we celebrated in style.
Happy birthday to my Grandma. She turned 80 today and we celebrated in style.

Monday: 50 minutes slow on the treadmill.

Tuesday: 54 minute walk on the mill.

Wednesday: 50 minutes with 5 x 5 minutes at 7:50 pace down to 7:43 pace and strength training. When I told my coach that the workout felt effortless, he delivered the news that it was probably too easy of a workout. Next week will be a lot faster. Uh oh.

Thursday: 50 minutes easy outdoors with James.

Friday: 42 minute leisurely stroll.

Saturday: 40 minutes with 20 minute tempo at 7:48 pace and strength training. This was my fastest tempo (although short) in a long time. Initially coach had me at 8:10 pace but seeing how Wednesday went, I started quicker from the start and was committed. I had to manage a side stitch but other than that, it was fine. In fact, managing the side stitch was good practice in pain management.

Sunday: 75 minutes around 9:30 pace. The second half of the run was a bit quicker, in the low 9s. I was a chicken and opted for the treadmill but did incorporate some inclines in there. I am looking forward to getting my long run back up into the double digits. That will tie a ribbon around all of this base training.

Total: 4 hours, 25 minutes running; 1 hour, 36 minutes walking

I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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