Poppy’s training log – 3.12.17

This week’s extra salt was in the form of epsom salts.

The beginning of this week focused on recovering from the 10k race I did on Sunday, so I did a bunch of easy runs, mostly pushing the kids in the jogger.  My midweek workout was pushed until Thursday to make sure my legs bounced back from the race.  I did a medium long run w/ some steady state running for that and then an indoor track workout on Sunday as it was very cold here and we had gotten some snow on Friday that meant the outdoor track was a no-go.   My legs felt generally flat on my easy runs throughout the week, but thankfully felt good on the workout days.  I took a couple of epsom salt baths to help the legs rebound.  #extrasalt.

Monday: 4 mile family run in the morning (hubs pushed the jogger for this), 6 mile afternoon run w/ Emmy.

Tuesday: 8 miles in the morning w/ both kids, 4 miles in the afternoon w/ just E.  Legs felt more achy from the race today.

Wednesday: 4 miles in the morning w/ both kids, 8 miles in the afternoon w/ E. Soooooo windy on afternoon run.  We had a head wind on the way out that included some 31mph gusts.  Oof!

Thursday: 14 miles w/ a 6 mile stretch at steady state.  Goal pace was 6:15, but because I was going to be running my miles on the return trip of my route, which would give me a slight tailwind, I was given the ok to be a little bit faster.  Ran 6:09, 6:10, 6:08, 6:05, 6:09, 5:59.

Friday:  9 miles in the morning (in the snow), middle miles w/ a few girls from the Bucknell track team.  4 miles in the afternoon w/ E.

Saturday: 4 miles in the morning, 6 miles in the evening.

Sunday: 14 miles w/ workout.  Plan was 6-8×1600 @ ~5:52 w/ 60 sec recovery, on the indoor track.  Got to do this a little later in the morning and it was nice to feel fully awake for this. Hubs and the kids came to watch/play on the pole vault mats and it was awesome to have them there.  Felt good on this, very strong.

5:51.36 (53r)
5:49.48 (56r)
5:49.37 (54r)
5:48.09 (54r)
5:47.16 (56r)
5:47.23 (56r)
5:46.62 (56r)

85 miles for the week

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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