Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A New Training Cycle + Weekend Bits and Pieces

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was exactly what I needed - a few days off to relax and enjoy feeling fully rested before starting a new marathon training cycle. 

That's right - the new cycle starts this week! I finished writing my training plan over the weekend -  realizing, of course, that small adjustments will likely need to be made throughout the next few months.

Here's the plan for week 1:

Monday: 6 miles @easy pace (AM); 4 miles @easy pace + strength training (PM)
Tuesday: 6 mile workout (3 miles @half marathon pace); core work
Wednesday: 6 miles @easy pace (AM); 4 miles @easy pace + strength training (PM)
Thursday: 8 miles @easy pace (including 4-6 hill repeats)
Friday: 4 miles @easy pace
Saturday: 16 mile long run
Sunday: Rest Day

Training aside, here are a few other bits and pieces:

My new Oiselle Lesko Shimmel tank arrived in the mail late last week. It's the perfect fit and the color just screams summer. I highly recommend checking it out even if you're not a runner - it's the perfect top for any type of fitness activity. 

Also comes in grey and navy!

I finally made Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. I ended up making a vanilla buttercream frosting and topping with organic turbinado sugar and cinnamon. All I can say is yum - these cupcakes are divine :)


I got together with my friends Laura and Sheila on Saturday to get dinner at Cafe Manna and then spectate a race. I've been to Cafe Manna a few times and every time the food is great. This time I had the vegetable torte and it didn't disappoint! 

Cafe Manna's menu is vegetarian and vegan and 100% delicious!

As for the race, this one was a trail event with distances of 100 miles, 100km or a 38 mile "fun run". Crazy, right? We got to the race in time to see the 100 mile winner cross the finish line at about 17:54 - as in 17 hours, 54 minutes. I'm in complete awe of everyone who participated in the race and can't even begin to imagine the type of physical and mental endurance needed to finish this type of event. I have no excuse to ever again complain about a 6 mile training run :)

That's about it for me and my weekend. Now it's your turn to tell me:

  • Have you ever done or would you ever consider doing an ultra trail event, like a 100km or a 100 mile race? 
  • What upcoming races are you training for and what training plan(s) are you using?
  • What are your current favorite pieces of workout clothing?

Don't forget that Wednesday is National Running Day - it's a great excuse to get a few extra miles in ;) Also, remember to enter my PRO Compression sock giveaway - I'm picking a winner on Wednesday!

- ST


  1. 100 miles??? Oh man. I have heard of these crazy long races and it just blows my mind.

    That top looks super cute on you, Sun! Love the color.

    1. Thanks Alex! I can't imagine running such a long race or even doing the training to get there!

  2. Love the tank! I am looking for new tank tops to work out in this summer, so I will have to look into those!

    1. Definitely look into them - I'm loving that a separate bra is not needed!

  3. Right now a half marathon is enough running for me! I can't even fathom an ultra race. :-)

    I am training for the Summerfest Rock N Sole half marathon and the Madison Mini, using the Hal Higdon intermediate training plan. So far, so good!

    Right now my favorite piece of workout clothing is my Saucony vest. Lately it's been in the 50's, windy, and cloudy every time I run. That and my Aspaeris compression shorts.

    The Oiselle tank is cute. The color looks great on you!

    1. Thanks Cathy! I just ordered a vest from Oiselle and am excited for it to arrive - I imagine it will be super versatile!