Tea’s Training Log: 2.8.16-2.21.16

Feb. 8-14: The week of the Trials!!

Monday: 8 miles with 2 miles at goal pace. It’s a beautiful day and the pace miles go well. (The goal of this workout is to run comfortably and remind my legs what that pace feels like.) Normally I do this 4 days before the race (which would be Tuesday) but it’s supposed to snow and I am not risking any slipping this close to the race. Predicted race day temperatures keep climbing and I’m worried about snow?! *Grumble, grumble*

Tuesday: Easy 5. It did not snow, so I shouldn’t have switched from my original plan. *More grumbling.*

: Easy 5 with strides.

Thursday: Flight to LA! (No running.)

Friday: 3ish miles with strides. Telling myself it’s not “that” hot. (Lies!)

Saturday: Olympic Trials Marathon! ~1 mile warm up (with some stretching in the middle and some strides at the end). Then 26.2!

hike to Hollywood sign
Hiking to the Hollywood sign.

Sunday: No running but I surprise everyone by suggesting we hike to the Hollywood sign. My legs are shot, but I want to enjoy LA! We go slow. My legs can recover later.

Total miles: 48ish

Thoughts: See the race report.


Feb. 15-21

Post marathon = more cupcakes than miles.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 0

Wednesday: 0

Thursday: 0

Friday: 0

Saturday: 0

Sunday: 0, but a long walk with Mr. Tea. It involves stopping for doughnuts and ice cream though, so I think it cancels out.

Total miles: 0

Total doughnuts: 5

Total cupcakes: 6

Total ice cream: I lost count around Tuesday…

Thoughts: I am serious about my time off and my post-race binge; I generally take two weeks completely off. But by Thursday I’m getting a little antsy and surprisingly wishing I could go for a run, so I briefly debate running on Friday. But Friday my knee feels weird, so it’s back to the original plan. More cupcakes, please!

I'm a science journalist with a background in neuroscience and a love of running marathons and baking marathon-worthy feasts. I started out as an over four-hour marathoner but whittled my PR down to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials. I write about the importance of chasing big dreams and -- as I'm currently pregnant with my first -- getting ready to chase around a little one.

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  1. I call the week after the marathon the post-race recovery week food tour. I always indulge in everything!!Those are some damn well earned donuts and ice cream!