Barleys Buffalo Marathon Training Log Week 9

To be honest, this wasn’t a great (feeling) training week but I have certainly had plenty worse over the years so I won’t complain too much. Like many, we are struggling in our area to find some semblance of spring. I was back on the mill for 4 of my 6 runs this week, and in all honestly kind of wish I had done Sunday on the mill as well. Add in some hormones, bloating and kind of ‘meh’ feeling and it wasn’t ideal. But even so, the further I get into marathon training again, the more I’m reminded why I love it…even when it doesn’t’ feel 100%. The routine, the habits, not spending time worrying about what to do but simply just doing it. It’s like second nature for me, and it amuses me in some weird way how easy it has been to fall back into it even after 2 years.

Cute baby pics because they are what everyone wants anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday I called an audible and took a rest day, this is my current method of taking them….when I need to. I’ve found running more days a week and the consistency actually helps me, this is a big change from my pre-baby running where I was much more adamant about a rest day each week or even every 10 days. Now, they’re further apart but I’m recovering better and training stronger. Weird things that changed from marathon training before, that’s for sure.

The only true workout for the week was Wednesday’s wave tempo which I did on my friends treadmill after work while she watched Hannah. I love these workouts and they really help make certain paces feel easier and more natural. I did a 10 minute warm-up, and then 60 minute wave tempo (alternating every time the song changed, so every 3-5 minutes) with marathon pace (6:50ish) being the slow end/recovery paces and 6:10-22 for the faster stuff. I averaged 6:35 for the 60 minutes and I was really happy with it. Friday I threw in some steady state miles for quality, but still that isn’t meant to be a run that completely drains you or anything but good time on feet and a little more turnover than a regular easy run.

Sunday’s long was, well….long. It was cold and windy but I knew it would be better to be outside after most of the week inside. It felt like it took forever and was never really smooth. I finished cold, and very tense but was glad to get the miles in and time on the feet. Also, always glad to get one of those types of semi-crappy feeling long runs out of the way before race day.

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 6 Treadmill Recovery miles (8:41 avg) + 10 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands
Wednesday: 11 Mile wave tempo (6:52 avg)
Thursday: 6 Mile treadmill recovery miles (8:37 avg)
Friday: 11 miles (7:34 avg) {6 easy + 5 steady state}
Saturday: 7.2 outdoor miles (8:24 avg)
Sunday: 19.8 LSD miles (8:15 avg)
Week Totals: 61 Miles
Beers Drank: Three Heads Rachestafarian Scotch Ale
Baby Milestones: First Steps! Baby playdate/lunchdate, another overnight with Nana & Boppa!

It may not have been one of my favorite training weeks but was still great training time none the less, and this week is going to be amazing rounding it off with a 4 day trip to Boston! 4 days in a city we love with friends is just what the doctor ordered for Brian, Hannah and I!

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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6 comments

      1. See you both in Boston soon, I hope! ๐Ÿ™‚

        I discovered wave tempos not long ago and love them – they really break up the treadmill monotony without you having to think too much or waste time fiddling with treadmill settings

        1. Yes I love wave tempos especially on the treadmill- plus it’s so beneficial to make a faster pace feel like recovery for a few minutes.

  1. Hannah looks SO much like you in the top pic! I love it! Great work with the runs- I’m really feeling for all the Northeners (my fam is in the northeast) with this never-ending winter. Hope Spring comes soon!

    1. Thank you Colleen! Most of the time she is Brian’s twin but if the light’s just right I can catch a break and she looks like me- she definitely has my nose (but love that she has his eyes!).

      Cheers to ‘spring’ and it hopefully on it’s way!