Barley’s Boston ’16 Training Week 9

Here we are, and Boston is creeping up pretty damn fast. This past week the switch flipped with my training and the miles piled on.

I’ve never been a “high mileage” runner. I ran my first (well, and current only) Sub-3 marathon with an average of 49 miles/week and a 64 mile peak. One thing I wanted to do this year was add some more miles, but in a smart way. After about 13 weeks of consistent base mileage, this week was a little over 70 miles. I have seen that number in rolling totals before but never as a final week number. The jump didn’t feel crazy, and I finished the week with a strong long run which tells me I was ready for those miles. The rest of March will be similar mileage to this week, and more marathon specific work.

My strength work took a hit this week again, which isn’t the end of the world but something I need to get back to. I was honestly a bit hesitant with adding anything this week seeing as it was already a big week of miles for me, and didn’t want to do too much all at once. I try and be smart about it, most of the time. Now I kind of have a better idea when/where I can squeeze in some short strength workouts and recover well. So that is my goal going into the next week.

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: Easy 8 treadmill miles after work + 15 minutes core/back strength

Wednesday: 13.5 miles total with 3 x 3 mile (6:25 avg.) workout

Thursday: Easy 8 treadmill miles after work with a friend at the gym

Friday: Easy 8ish miles after work outside 

Saturday: 12 miles with 8 at ~GMP (6:37 avg.)

Sunday: 21 hilly miles at an easy pace

Week Totals: 70.7 miles + 1 strength workout

Beers Drank: Guinness (x 2)

Boston Training Mileage to Date: 475.3 miles (52.8 avg. miles/week)

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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