Poppy’s training log – 3.26.17

The week started with what appeared to be me fighting some weird throat thing that became a minor respiratory illness. I worried it might be strep, but thankfully was able to get a culture done while taking my youngest in for a 2.5 year check-up and found out that was negative. Yay. I just had to deal with a swollen throat for the first half of the week, followed by an annoying cold for the second half of the week. Despite that cold, I didn’t feel all that terrible and it did not impact my training and day-to-day being. Thankful for that.

Monday: 6 miles in the morning w/ both kids in the double, 4 in the afternoon w/ E in the single.

Tuesday: 8 miles in the morning w/ the whole family. Hubs pushed the double for ~6 and I pushed for the last 2. 4 miles in the afternoon w/ E.

Wednesday: 15 miles w/ workout. Plan was 10x1k @ 5:44 pace w/ 60 seconds jog recovery. I had hoped to do this on the outdoor track, but it was still covered in all the snow we got the week before. Womp. So I did this on the indoor track instead. This went well, despite this being the first day where my sore throat became an annoying cough. (Side note: later that night I lost my voice and ended up being without it for the next two days).

3:34.35 (61r)
3:33.49 (60r)
3:34.25 (60r)
3:33.88 (58r)
3:33.73 (61r)
3:33.00 (60r)
3:33.47 (59r)
3:32.41 (61r)

Thursday: 8 solo miles in the morning, 4 miles in the afternoon w/ E.

Friday: 8 solo miles in the morning, 5 miles in the afternoon w/ E.

Colds are a pain in the @ss. Also, we went to a preschool classmate’s birthday party Friday.


Saturday: 12 miles w/ workout. Plan was a continuous run w/ a 2+ mile tempo at 6:05-6:10 effort, followed by short rest and then 5 x ~150m uphills, followed by another 2+ mile tempo at 5:55-6:00 effort, followed by short rest and another 5 x uphill. Did this on a 1+ mile neighborhood loop and used the uphill at one end of the loop for the hill reps. I misread the email w/ the workout and didn’t see that the second tempo portion was supposed to be a faster effort. I did end up running it faster anyway, but that came more from my legs being warmed up from the first set of hills and still aiming for the same effort as the first tempo portion. I think I still achieved the main goal of the workout. My first tempo was ~6:05 pace, my second was ~6:00 pace and all the hill reps were about 31 seconds.

Sunday: 12 hilly miles.

86 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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  1. I’ve totally missed bits of workouts before. The time I forgot how long the rest was supposed to be and only took half as much was a good example.

    Great week! That 1k workout sounds killer. But basically I hate anything with more thank 8 reps, maybe 6. I’d rather have 10 miles of steady-state than 10×1 anything! (Stupid mind games.)