Sage’s Training Log: 1.31.2016

Berlin July 2010: I was not running that summer, trying to do exercises in tiny hotel rooms instead to strengthen my hamstring.
Berlin July 2010: I was not running that summer, trying to do exercises in tiny hotel rooms instead to strengthen my hamstring.

It’s already week 7 of half marathon training program! I faithfully followed the Hansons Half Marathon Program, but dropped off day six of running. I think six days/week running is too much for me; my left knee is bothering me, which, in the past, has meant increasing mileage or pace too quickly. So I may compromise and run five days/week and add back in my swimming for active recovery day. This week:

Monday: Run 5.5 miles (including 10×400)

Tuesday: Bike on trainer for an hour

Wednesday; Run 5 miles (tempo: 1 mile warm-up; 3 miles x 10k pace; 1 mile cool-down); hip strength exercises

Thursday: Run 4.5 miles easy (HMP+1:15-1:30)

Friday: Run 5 miles easy (HMP+1:15-1:30); core strength exercises

Saturday: Run 8.0 miles at HMP+1:00; foam roller!

Sunday: Swim (1500 yards); core strength exercises

We’re supposed to get 10-15 inches snow in the next few days so work-outs will likely be inside as I get used to the treadmill. I will be in the second week of prescribed speed/strength and tempo work-outs so hope the legs endure.

I'm a senior masters runner. I write about my running journey and topics of interest to runners of all ages. My current goal is to maintain of steady base of road and (new to me) trail running, with some 5k, 10k, and half marathons throughout the year.

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  1. Nice week of running, and smart to switch out the 6th running day if you don’t feel it’s helping you. Cross training, especially swimming is so good for active recovery and building aerobic endurance. Stay safe with all that snow!!

      1. Patience is hard, never something I have been good at. I also think it’s about ego ( for me at least)….set aside the ego that wants ALL the miles, NO rest days and EVERYTHING to be faster just because it makes us mentally feel powerful. When in reality, if doing a little less makes you run faster- why not do that because I’d rather have a runners high from a PR at a race than from hitting a certain number of miles a week. something I think about for myself often!

        1. So true. I DO want to compete well at my spring half marathon and KNOW that pushing miles isn’t good for me, personally, even as I see you all rack up 80-100 mile weeks. Have to know my own body. Will you be running LA marathon? My husband decided not to do it as he hasn’t had enough time to train, especially getting used to running at altitude and in snow/ice. Plus, he doesn’t want to miss up Boston Marathon.