Barley’s Training Log 1.3.16

20160103_160036This week was a little different, but in a fun way. I moved things around and also changed the structure of the week to better suit the holiday, and the weekend. Basically, I knew New Years Day would be a roll of the dice for what got done so I didn’t bank on anything super important like a workout or a long run.

As for the weekend, we spent Saturday and Sunday cashing in the Christmas present I got for Brian. Buffalo sports weekend, the Sabres hockey game on Saturday followed by dinner/hotel and then the Bills game on Sunday. I wanted a weekend away for us, that didn’t revolve around running (our last 2 weekends away in the fall were both centered around my races). This fell at a great time, to ring in the new year and get away right after but also right before Boston training officially starts.

Monday: 7 miles at recovery pace + 8 x strides after work

Tuesday: Treadmill workout with 3 x 1 mile repeats, total of 8 miles after work + 12 minutes yoga

Wednesday: 10 easy miles outside after work

Thursday: Treadmill 10k, easy progression from 8:08 to 6:50

Friday: 7+ recovery miles outside

Saturday: 8.5 Treadmill miles, easy progression + 11 minutes core stability

Sunday: Rest Day!

Week Totals: 47.7 miles + 2 fitness workouts

Beers Drank: Middle Ages Brewing Co. Dragon Slayer Imperial Stout, Flying Bison Blizzard bock, Eric More Cowbell Milk Stout, Hell Hath no Fury Ale, Allagash White

6 weeks ago I took a complete week off of running to step back, recover and unwind after a busy year. The past 5 weeks haven’t been anything crazy, with mileage between 43-48 each week. My goal was to head into 2016 fresh and ready for training, but also to have a decent base. I feel comfortable with where I am at, but also want to dive into things again. I like training, I like routine and purpose and admittedly I like how it makes me feel physically and mentally.

Today (Jan 4th)is my official first day of training for Boston. I have mulled over my plan for a while now, but feel confident in it. It’s not going to be anything ridiculously new but I think it will be a good step for me and hopefully another Sub-3 come April. My mileage is going to be higher than in the past, but not overwhelmingly high- I like my balance of quality and quantity and also life. So, I’m on my way to Boston # 3 and marathon # 14.

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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