Barley’s (I’m Baaccckkk) Training Log 1/1/18-1/7/18

Hello Salty Friends!

It’s a been a while, I’ve missed writing but needed to step back a little as the fall got crazy. The short of it is that I started a new job, I’m still adjusting to motherhood (and postpartum anxiety/OCD), and I needed some time to find a routine that worked for me and our family. The good news is, I was able to do so with some trial and error (and a lot of help).

My running through the fall went really well, most weeks I managed to get in at least one workout and one longer run with lots of slow miles peppered between the two. As a result I built a pretty good base for myself. In October I broke 20 in the 5k for the first time since having Hannah, and I haven’t raced since. Not for lack of desire, but logistics and life h

appen. I’ve found that I’m doing well with all of that as my goals this fall were purely about the process, consistency, and routine (not about races/times).

During October and November I was mostly in the 30’s for mileage (minus one 14 mile week following my first week of new job where I also had mastitis, yeah that was fun). When December rolled around we had worked into a good routine and I was also able to bump myself up into the 40’s for the first time in 15+ months. Each week I went in with one main goal: finish feeling like I could have done more and not that I should have done less. I’ve been really proud of my slower/gradual comeback and I think that it was the right choice for ME (as was taking most of pregnancy off of running, and not returning until 7 weeks PP). Everyone is so different, but I have had a lot of ‘signs’ that I chose the right route which is always a nice feeling.

So where am I now?

8+ months postpartum and I can’t tell you where that time has gone. I have a baby that is closer to being ONE than not, who sits up, jabbers away, puts away food like a champ, and melts my heart every.damn.day.

Working full time at a job that I truly enjoy, finding a routine and making it work even when things don’t go according to plan. Prioritizing family, work, relationships above running- yet still making running a priority, just with a new “balance” that I never needed as much as I do now.

I am really excited for 2018, following along with everyone else’ goals and chasing my own as well.

With that said, here is how the first week of 2018 shook out!

Monday: 4 Recovery Treadmill miles (8:30 avg) + 17 min Core/PT/Loop Bands

Tuesday: Evening workout-  3 x 1 Mile @ 10k pace, 4 x 400 @ 5k pace (7.5 miles total)

Wednesday: 5 Early Morning Recovery milse (8:26 avg) + 10 min medicine ball workout

Thursday: 9PM Easy 4.5 miles (8:19 avg) + 13 min core/back strength

Friday: 4.5 post work miles (7:54 avg) + 12 min Loop Bands/Core

Saturday: 14 Mile LR (7:20 avg) workout w/4 @MP, 3@HMP, 1@10k + 17 min Core/PT/Loop Bands

Sunday: 4.6 mile snowy OUTDOOR RUN (1st in 2 weeks!) (8:10 avg) + 15 min Loop Bands & light core

Week Total Mileage: 44.1 miles run

Total Strength/Fitness time: 1 hr 40 min

Baby Milestones:getting closer to crawling! Babbles starting to sound more like words!

Beers Drank: Saranac S’mores Porter, New Belgium Honey Orange Tripel

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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