Barley’s Boston ’16 Training Week 11

This week was the start of a heavy 3 weeks of training, in fact the most that I have done in a few week stretch before. When I get into peak training and the marathon grind, I like to use taper as the light at the end of the tunnel. I love training and I love the grind but man does taper feel good after really nailing the last few weeks of training. So, that was my goal- to really hit these weeks hard and just go for it.

Recovery was a big focus for me to make sure I could pull everything off.  I made a point to better prepare extra food for the week to make sure I was refueling (basically, eat ALL the food). I’m also really bad at hydrating, but using Nuun helps encourage me to drink more so I made sure to keep it around me at all times. Brian is also a really lucky guy who got to sleep in bed with me….wearing my ever so sexy Zensah compression sleeves on my calves.

Okay enough about all that “trying to be smart with training”….and here’s the actual training that happened.

On Tuesday I did a workout that reminded me of a workout Spearmint mentioned in her training log last week. I was excited when I saw it on the plan because it was something new to me, and the thought of mixing things up intrigued me. I was lucky my friend Dawn agreed to run part of it with me though, certainly helped motivate me more. We warmed up, then had 10 x .25 hill repeats to start. The hill we used is about 6% grade for that 1/4 mile, so definitely had us working for it. After that, I had to go back to flat land and do 8 x 200 intervals a little faster than 5k pace. Whew, I slept well.

My second workout came on Friday and was essentially cruise intervals. Warm up, 8 x 1 mile at T with 90 seconds recovery, and finish with a cool down. This ended up being a little short on mileage, and rushed- as my sister thought she was in labor. I had a limited amount of time to get the workout done before picking up my nephew- obviously more important! I got in 9.5 miles total, with 7.5 of the planned 8 intervals.

To wrap up the week on Sunday I had a workout long run. It was one of those….get it done and put it behind you. I got it done but it didn’t feel great and spent the last few miles just wanting to be done. Better now than race day.

Monday: 3 recovery miles after work + 20 minutes core/upper body strength
Tuesday: 11.5ish miles total: 10 x .25 Hill repeats/ 8 x 200m intervals.
Wednesday: 8 Easy miles outside after work + 20 Minutes core/lower body strength
Thursday: 9 Easy miles outside after work
Friday: 9.5 miles total with 7.5 cruise intervals (6:10 avg. for intervals)
Saturday: 9 Easy miles in the late afternoon
Sunday: 18 miles with 8 at MP (6:38 avg.), 2 at T (6:14 avg.)
Week Totals: 68.3 miles + 2 strength workouts
Beers Drank: Guinness
Boston Training Mileage to Date: 606 miles (55.09 mpw avg.)

Overall a strong week, and only slightly less than planned (missed 3 miles, and a strength session). Had a good amount of non-running life going on which was a great thing, life can’t be only running.

A new mom and Upstate, NY resident who loves the marathon, a good beer, and all of the numbers/nerdy things. I write about my journey to a sub-3:00 marathon, training tweaks for improvement, and finding that "running/life balance" unicorn. On tap Next: Maneuvering through motherhood and postpartum running!

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  1. No kidding strong week!! I like your strategy of grinding hard and looking forward to the taper, and also focusing on more than just the workouts during the high intensity weeks. I should definitely try to incorporate that into my next training cycle. GO BARLEY!!!

    1. Thank you! I’m doing more miles than I have before so making sure I recover right is really important to me… obviously want to avoid any setbacks if at all possible!