Barley’s Postpartum Training Log Week 19

This week was really an extension of last week, including the exciting fun adventures of life. We were still up in the Thousand Islands for Monday and Tuesday as an extended holiday weekend (perk to being a labor day baby is you are almost always guaranteed an extra day off around your birthday). 

Monday I did some solo birthday miles to shake out from the weekend, and Tuesday after driving home and unpacking the million things- decided to call it a rest day. Wednesday was back to normal routine and work though (almost a welcome feeling though), and some evening miles. I did one workout this week on Thursday, and was really happy with how it went even though not perfect. I had calculated ahead of time what my paces should be around based on the 5k I ran a few weeks ago. Honestly the paces scared me and I wasn’t sure that was accurate, but tried anyways. With the exception of the first 200 being super slow the rest really went about as planned. It was a good workout with a mix of tempo work and some intervals- the workout itself (including the recoveries but not WU/CD) was 5 miles and I ran that in 35:12. 

The weekend rolled around and it was nothing I planned but a wonderful surprise! I picked up a shift last minute Friday night (not knowing I was ruining plans), and it ended up being pretty busy. I came around the corner at one point to see Brian and Hannah and then….looked next to them to see Britt, Heather and James. This led to me crying, forgetting what I needed to be doing….and well…just generally being stupid happy. We all had a late dinner when I got done, and relaxed. Saturday Heather and I took Hannah for a stroller run on the canal together, and then we all enjoyed the rest of the day together going to the market, sitting at home and later having some other friends over for drinks and just talking. Sunday morning Heather had a long run and she willingly slowed down so I could run the first 10 or so with her. I did a few strides after and she went off for another 7 miles. In all it was just….such a good weekend. Of course made even better when the Bills won!

Monday: 4.1 birthday miles (8:32 avg) + .7 mile walk with Brian & Pepper
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5.6 evening miles (8:52 avg) + 4 x strides
Thursday: 2.48 mile stroller warm-up, workout: 2T, 2×400 (400R), 1 T, 4×200 (200R), 1 mile cool down =8.48 miles total + 10 minutes PT/Loop Bands watching football in evening
Friday: Rest {worked a 12 hour day}
Saturday: 6.2 Stroller miles (9:38 avg)
Sunday: 10.2 miles (9:02 avg) + 6 x strides, 2.8 mile evening walk

Week Totals: 35.1 miles run, 3.5 miles walked, 10 minutes fitness(womp womp again)
Beers Drank: Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking (yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds)

So this was my highest mileage week since last September. I ran 29 in a week in October (after I found out I was pregnant), and the highest before that was 59 mile week in September (the week before I found out). 35 miles felt great this week and I could have done more (but I’m being smart about this comeback), while I had a second week in a row of being bad about not getting my PT and strength work in I’m happy with where I’m at. I’ll be diligent this coming week as it’s…..RACE WEEK! I’m running a half marathon this coming weekend, so my goals for the week are recovery, and a short turnover workout just to get myself ready. The race has like 700+ ft of elevation, and I’m still only 12 weeks running (19 weeks PP), so my goals are really just to have fun and work hard enjoying the race atmosphere again!

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. Sounds like a good week of training and an even better week of life. I think you’ll do well at your half, you crush hilly courses (well, you crush any course) but you do really excel at hills too. Ha, good luck.