Ginger’s Training Log – 5-17-15

Jasmine, Salty, and I before the race!
Jasmine, Salty, and I before the race!

Four weeks to go, two weeks until taper. This past week was interesting. I made it through a 15 day running streak with some of my highest mileage totals ever. I kept any questionable pain at bay and even had a solid track workout on Tuesday. However, Sunday really played with my body and mind at the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon. I am grateful for the experience, a little worried for my “A” race, and ready to move forward.

Heading into my last few long runs and workouts, I am going to focus on slowing my target paces just a tad so that I can be my most confident self on race day. Initially, I had plans of going out at 8:00 pace. Coach still thinks I can do that based on my workouts but also agrees that it is best to ease into that pace. So, this changes my race plan a bit but when I look at the bigger picture, I realize, what’s the rush? I love running and I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life. There is no rush to meet big goals.

Monday: 5 miles on the mill with the course video. I feel like I know the course so well but I’m sure it will feel a bit different once I get there.

Tuesday: 5 miles with 3 x mile on the track (70 seconds rest).The purpose of this workout was maintenance and the suggested pace was 7:20. I hit them in 7:20, 7:16, 7:01. I was holding back the entire workout, except on the last one. I felt like picking things up a bit as I haven’t run much faster than that pace during this training cycle. It made me realize I’m in good shape right now even without doing 5k specific training.

Wednesday: 6 miles on the treadmill again with course video. I also did lower body strength training after the run.

Thursday: 4 miles easy and core work.

Friday: 5 miles steady on the towpath.

Saturday: Off/rest from running but did a little core work.

Sunday: 15.7 miles with half marathon pacing practice and upper body strength training in the evening. I decided to give the pacing group (through a local running store) another chance as last time I ran this race, they took us out ahead of pace. Well, the same thing happened again. My plan called for the first half at 8:00-8:10, then second half at 7:40-7:50. Part of me thought, piece of cake and the other part subconsciously thought I could go faster. When I saw pace the group went out in (7:40), I thought, alright, change of plans. But then I thought, no, stick to the plan. So after 3 miles, I found myself running 8 flats and still feeling good…until I almost pooped my pants. It came out of nowhere and since this was only practice, I decided to use the bathroom. This took about 3 minutes off my time and while I was able to get back into 8 flats for the next two miles, I started to feel dead around mile 8. My legs felt heavy, my breathing felt stuffy, and I was mentally checked out. It was extremely humid but I think I just went out a hair fast and had an off day. I finished in 1:51 (8:24) pace on my watch but with the bathroom break, my official time was 1:54:21.

When I began walking at the water stops in mile 10, I knew my time would be quite slow for me (my PR is 1:39 and I feel in much better shape than I did in 2012 when I ran that). It bothered me at first to think I would have such a slow time recorded but that didn’t last long. I let the feeling pass and made peace with the reality of the situation. At the end of the day, it’s never about the time.

When I saw Jasmine and she took out her camera, I said, "I guess this means I have to run now." Thankfully, her tactic worked as I only walked for a few hundred meters.
When I saw Jasmine and she took out her camera, I said, “I guess this means I have to run now.” Thankfully, her tactic worked as I only walked for a few hundred meters.

Total: 40.7 miles

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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  1. Your paces at the track and your mileage show you are in good shape. Good attitude about the Half on Sunday, and valuable lesson about running your own race (rather than the pacing group’s). I had an uncharacteristically “off” day yesterday, and mostly chalk it up to the heat and humidity.