Barley’s Philly Marathon Training Log 9/19-9/25/16

Earlier this summer I was titling my logs “Barley’s Return to Running Logs”. After a while, it didn’t make sense anymore and they were simply my “training logs”. Well, another title change that will stay until November as I’m now officially training for a marathon again.

I’ve known for a while this was probably going to be the case, and that it would most likely be Philadelphia Marathon. But, it just took time. I needed to work through a lot of physical and emotional obstacles to get back to the point where I felt like training was a good idea and I was ready to push myself again. Oak Tree Half was the confidence boost that I needed, even if it wasn’t a PR. I ran my current half marathon PR at Philly last year so I’m excited to be going back for the full. Technically I’d say training started a few weeks ago but, again I just needed a little more time before saying it out loud.

My coach has been awesome through absolutely everything and I’m excited to see what we can do this time around. He really helped me get in incredible shape before Boston (no regrets), and I think we can get back to that point in time for Philly. Sure as hell gonna try.

2 key workouts, both ended like this. Early fall running-never know what weather you will get!

Luckily my work schedule this week was much lighter which allowed me some more time for other things. I originally planned on some added cross training and fitness time- but I found myself needing some extra sleep and also personal time(nothing wrong with that). I had 2 big workouts this week and was able to pretty much pull of both without a hitch. I have a half in 2 weeks as a tune-up race and know all of this turnover prep will pay off.

Monday: 3.2 recovery miles + 20 minutes core/hips/glute strength

Tuesday: 7.4 easy humid evening miles + 4 x strides

Wednesday: Chiropractor appointment at lunch,ย 9 easy miles in the evening

Thursday: 6-7ish miles total with 14 x 400m (86 avg) I was really happy with how this went. Did it on my neighborhood loops as I have been with my speedwork this summer. Goal was 89-91 so I was happy to come in faster but also finish strong. I started way too fast with the first, but reeled it in for a few then kicked back up a notch for last couple. I cut my cool-down a mile short because I really just wanted to sit on my porch and drink a beer…..real talk. Did 10 minutes of core before bed.

Friday: Easy 6ish miles after work, it was a relatively cool rainy afternoon and felt good to just chill on a run.

Saturday: 8ish easy miles running random roads/paths- felt like I needed to change up my norm

Sunday: 18 miles total (whew, longest since Boston) with 2 x 3 miles at MP, and then 2 x 2 miles tempo. This was a tough workout and the distance kicked my butt a little more than I would have liked. But, I also have to remember I’m still on the rebuilding train, and for all intents and purposes it was a successful run.

Weekly Total Running Miles: 59.4 miles

Cross Training: None

Strength/Fitness Totals: 30 minutes (2 sessions)

Beers Drank: Southern Tier Pumpking, Not Your Fathers Root Beer

Philadelphia Marathon Training to Date: 3 Weeks/162.5 miles/54 avg. Miles per 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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  1. That long run workout is impressive – wow!

    Love the Philly marathon – want to get back there one of these years. The timing is just perfect – you maximize the great fall running weather for your training.

    1. Thanks!! I did the Philly Half last year and really loved it. it’s a fun city and well run race. Add in the fall weather timing like you said, and it was no brainer!