Barley’s Buffalo Marathon Training Log Week 13

The week in which I worked a lot, ran a lot, ate a lot, slept a decent amount, and still got lots of baby toddler playtime and snuggles. This was a pretty busy and bigger week all around, but with a lot of help and some maneuvering we made it work.

We both woke up Monday feeling a bit off- based on symptoms I figured mine was allergies and his was a cold. Both accurate. He’s still fighting the cold and I’m taking a solid bedtime dose of allergy meds trying to combat this, though from what the experts say this could be a rough allergy season. I tried to stay on top of rest/recovery and good healthy nutrition this week, peak training can definitely bring some vulnerability to getting sick. I had to work all 7 days, so that plus all the miles really piled on- I definitely finished the week with a sigh of relief that we got through it unscathed for the most part.ย 

Key workout #1 for the week was Wednesday night. It was 80 degrees and windy (20+mph gusts), so far from ideal but still good training and prep for Buffalo (chances of the warmth are high, and probably some wind during the sections by the water). I did this around the neighborhood to get LOTS of tangent and turns, keeping pace and adjusting for the elements. All around- it was good conditions and course prep. Effort wise, it was there. Pace wise, not so much. First round wasn’t bad, but the second two rounds were tough and the Interval pace portions turned into tempo paces into a blasting headwind. I was (am) a bit bummed because I was hoping to really nail this one, but again I know I got a lot of good race prep out of the workout and it was still a solid effort out there. Can’t win ’em all.

I shifted my focus to making sure I was on point for my monster long run workout on Saturday. I focused on fueling and nutrition practice, and chose a slightly more challenging course to keep me honest. I started around 9:30 which, I’m hoping to be done by then on race day- but this helped me get more practice in the warmth of the sun which we could very well deal with Memorial Day Weekend for the marathon. The workout was a few miles warm-up (I did 3), and then 10 x 1 mile MP/1 mile easy, cool down. My goal for the MP sections was 6:37-6:57, based on my half marathon a few weeks ago my MP should be 6:47. Given the terrain of this long run route, I knew that some would be slower and some faster based on effort for the hills (hence the 20 second range). The MP miles all ended up between 6:33 and 6:58, the faster ones with a bit of decline, the slower on the uphills and the flatter/lower rolling miles were all within a few seconds of specific target pace (6:42-6:49). I ended with 23+ miles and a solid effort, I was very happy with the outcome of the run. The last few miles were definitely work but I expected that. I then worked a busy 5.5 hour shift on my feet that night- while yes I was exhausted, the walking actually really helps me recover from hard efforts.

Sunday was good family recovery time relaxing, went to the baseball game for a while with friends, I worked for a few more hours and got a few miles in to wrap up a nutty but good week.

Monday: 5.5 Easy Miles (7:49 avg) + 20 Min Core/Stability/Single Leg drills
Tuesday: 6.6 Recovery Miles (8:31 avg) + Strides (5:25 avg)
Wednesday: 15 Miles (7:09 Avg) {3 x 1600T/1200T/800I/400I}
Thursday: 4.4 Stroller miles (8:40 avg) + 15 Min Core/Light Upper Body
Friday: 5.7 Easy miles (8:05 avg) + Strides (5:15 avg)
Saturday: 23.7 Mile LR Workout (7:19 avg) {10 x 1 MP/1 Easy}
Sunday: 3.3 Recovery Miles (8:58 avg)
Week Totals: 65 Miles Run + 35 Min strength/fitness
Beers Drank: Magic Hat #9
Baby milestones: 1st Baseball game! Truly coming into her own Jack-o-Lantern status with those teeth!

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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