Barley’s Boston ’16 Training Week 4


Four weeks of training down and finally feel like I’m getting back in swing of things. I love running in general but the thing I love about training is it’s “running with a purpose”. I like to know why I’m doing things, and how it’s going to help me in the long run. Right now, I’m not doing anything crazy but I also know that I’ve stayed healthy and successful because I’ve been patient over the years with building up training.

This was a good week, even with some lingering post nasal drip from being sick and an epic cough. Tuesday turned into a rest day because my stomach was sore from coughing all day (and the night before…). I moved the workout to Wednesday and was back on track, hitting the paces and not dying in the process.

Check out the photo I created (4)
Outdoor runs that really don’t look like winter in Upstate NY, and a little glimpse into PART of the mess of a gym bag torn apart by an angry pug (all because I took our lab for a short run and left Moose home)

Friday was the run I had to laugh at, because everything that could go wrong-did. Forgotten sports bra. My dog tearing apart my gym bag in matter of minutes. Garmin stopped working. It was one thing after another, but got the miles in and laughed about it in the process- after a few expletives. At least it was just recovery miles!

Overall a good week of training, and my highest since before Erie Marathon in the fall. I got all of my miles in for the week, with a little strength work as well. I spent some miles with a friend, I spent miles solo, I got some gym time with Brian and I even got a short portion of Friday’s run with one of our dogs. I could probably also add 5 hours of moving to my workouts, as I helped my sister and her family move into their new house! Basically, I was really happy this weekend getting time with friends & family as well as time with Brian (we live together, but still good to make a point to do things together!).

Monday: 60 minutes easy running outside after work
Tuesday: Rest day-Sick
Wednesday: Treadmill workout 17 minutes total of intervals (4 x 90 sec, 1 x 5 min, 4 x 90 sec), averaged 5:33 pace for the 90 second blocks and 6:01 pace for the 5 minutes- both went as planned! 9 miles for the day.
Thursday: 10 treadmill miles after work– just easy running no need to push pace. Steady progression and threw in some 1/4 mile inclines (2-4%) every other mile or so to change things up.
Friday: 7.5ย easy miles after work + Core strength
Saturday: 12.5 mile treadmill run (w/3 tempo miles in there and a few intervals at end for turnover)
Sunday: AM: 30 minute core and stability strength work, PM:12 mile run outside, easy paced.

Week Totals: 58.5 miles run + 2 strength/fitness sessions
Beers Drank: CB Night Owl Cream Porter, Angry Orchard Cider, Great Lake Irish Ale
Boston Training Mileage to date: 198.7 (49.67 average mpw.)

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. Thank you! I normally just let my running log (runningahead) keep track of my miles for me, but its kind of fun to do it manually as well this time on here- see the average mileage go up each week. Numbers nerd over here.