Poppy’s November base training log

After a few weeks of active down time post-Steamtown/fall racing, I did several weeks of base mileage, most of which were done pushing both kids in the double BOB.  I haven’t done a base block for a while and had no immediate race plans, so figured using the latter part of October and the month of November to do a bunch of easy and unstructured mileage worked well.   On Thanksgiving I decided to do a somewhat local race, the Run for the Diamonds in Berwick PA.  It is one of the oldest road races in the country, this year was the 107th running.  A unique feature of this race, in addition to it being 9 miles where you run up and down a mountain, is that the top 7 finishers get diamonds (for the women it is a diamond pendant, for the men it’s a ring).  I thought that I would just run the race and see what I could do off of base mileage.  I’ll likely start doing some more structured training as December starts and will make a plan for some races starting in January 2017.

week of 10/24:

66 miles, 32 of which were done w/ the kids

week of 10/31:

74 miles, 42 w/ the kids; started doing strides this week (8x100m on the track), 1-2x per week

week of 11/7:

84 miles, 46 w/ the kids

week of 11/14:

90 miles, 54 w/ the kids, one fast finish medium long run (14 miles w/ 2 of the last 3 miles at 6:09, 6:03…..knew I might be racing on Thanksgiving so wanted to at least have some idea of what my legs were capable of)

week of 11/21:

80 miles, no jogger runs this week (husband-coach wanted me to take it easier w/ racing on Thursday), 9 mile race in 55:22 (my second fastest time on the course – by only 12 seconds – in the 5 times I’ve raced it) and finished 7th (last diamond spot!).  All of my runs this week that followed the race were pretty slow and easy as the course beat the crap out of my legs.  Got to run with my two brothers the day after Thanksgiving and that was a (rare) treat.

Program and 7th place diamond from the 107th Run For The Diamonds. Almost a week later and my legs are still feeling this effort.
Gotta love a race with bling.
Gotta love a race with bling.

I'm a licensed massage therapist with a background in biochemistry and also a mother of two. After almost two years of focusing on shorter race distances, I am back on the marathon training horse. My next goal race is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I write mostly about health and science as they relate to running as well as being part of a running family.

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    1. I love periodically doing those kinds of weeks though – a month at a time of lots of easy miles, no workouts. Yeah, that race was a beast, but such an awesome event.

    1. Yeah, the diamond prizes are pretty great. And the history and tradition with the race is really cool. Regarding the double jogger mileage, it is certainly easier to do more of it when I’m not doing any hard workouts. Once I start adding those back in, I’ll be dropping some of the baby jogger mileage…..and when the snow starts falling I’ll be scaling back on those kinds of runs as well.

    1. You should definitely do it! It’s really cool. The course is a bear, but so many people run the race and the folks who are behind the scenes with race are great people who do a wonderful job.