Barley’s Training Log 11.15.15

This was one of those weeks that was basically the opposite of what I thought it would be, but probably for the best. I was much lower in miles than anticipated, and finished feeling like I’m coming down with something. Since running 2 close together fall marathons, I went into the remainder of the fall with the “just go with it” mentality. Physically I feel really good, but mentally it’s important not put insane pressure on myself with training and strict running schedule right now. Between now and the rest of the year, this plan will continue. It is much more for mental “off -season” than a physical one.

Sure, I would have liked more mileage this week. I also would have liked a second workout, but I think things worked out the way they needed to. I think I’m fighting off a cold (tired, scratchy throat, puberty voice etc.) despite my lack of efforts to avoid this and my lack of motivation probably had something to do with that. A little longer taper for Philly half next week isn’t the worst thing.

Monday: Unplanned rest day. I got home from work and was in a “domestic mood” and did some cleaning, cooked dinner for the night and the next night. But then lost all motivation for anything else. My man was under the weather in bed early and I ended up joining him- and slept for 11 hours. Apparently I needed it. {This was my second rest day in the last 20 days, which is a little much for me coming off a big early fall so I think it was for the best}

Tuesday:  Originally I had planned a track workout but didn’t want to run in the cold/dark/rain and risk getting sick less than two weeks from Philly half. So, I took to the gym treadmill instead and changed to a tempo run with a few different paces in it(most at half and full marathon paces, but threw in some 10k paces mid run too). 60 minutes total including warm-up and cool-down for 8.7 miles

Wednesday: Another post work gym session. Admittedly I could have ran outside but decided on the gym for two reasons. First, being there would guilt me into some strength work since I had yet to do any this week. Second, I suck at finding recovery pace on my own so the treadmill helps me slow down when I need to. 5 recovery miles + Core/Upper Body

Thursday: AM: I actually got out in the morning for a little over 6 easy miles. I knew I needed at least something this morning as I have limited time later (Work. Work Function. Home. Bar for the Bills game-and beer).

Friday: I decided to take a second rest day this week.

Saturday: 45 Minute Treadmill Run

Sunday: 12 mile run with my friend Heather, gorgeous day!

Week totals: ~38 miles + 1 core/strength session

Beers Drank: Guinness, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Founders Porter

Looking forward to this coming week I think it will be more similar to this week. I’ll focus on fighting off whatever this is, get extra rest and follow my normal race week routine (Short workouts, extra stretching/rolling).

Philly half, I’m coming for you.

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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