Barley’s Training Log 2/12-2/18

Another week of February down and feeling good, in fact I was able to get a solid amount of fresh air and sunshine in this week which did wonders for me. I know we all struggle a bit during the winter, running in the cold & dark or on the mill constantly. We had a warm snap this week and it came at a good time, I was able to get outside 5 of the 7 days!

I had a lot going on this week, but as always we make it work and do the best we can. I recently started picking up hours at my side job again after a few month hiatus. This week that meant no days off of work, certainly not a habit I am going to get back into (typically I’m just going to work Sunday nights) but was glad I could help out (and extra cash never hurts). We did have an adult night on Thursday though which was great timing. My parents had Hannah overnight (since my mom was watching her Friday while we worked anyways), so we took advantage and went to a good dinner for belated Valentines and to celebrate 7 months until wedding day!

As for running, solid week of miles and 2 workouts. Tuesday’s workout was a speed ladder early AM on the mill. My stomach was a bit off, but it was a bigger interval workout and managed to get it done. It was a 400-800-1200-1600-1600-1200-800-400 workout (400 recovery for each interval, except 800 recovery between the 1600’s before heading back down the ladder).  I was pretty much instantly sore and spent the rest of the day trying to calm my stomach down, luckily I felt way better by the following morning.

Wednesday I was beyond excited to get outside right after work for some 40 degrees shorts miles! I was able to run a route I haven’t in a few months which gives me about 175 ft. elevation gain. That isn’t a lot for 6 miles, but it’s way better than the 0-20 ft gain I get when I have to stay right in our close neighborhoods. I ended up getting to run this route/version of this route 3 times this week which was amazing and made me happy to get a little more real life road and semi-rolling miles in.

Originally I planned on racing this weekend but I overbooked myself and it wasn’t going to happen, looking back I’m glad I didn’t and was able to spend that time doing other things (family time, wedding stuff, etc.). But, I did still want to get a hard workout/time trial of sorts in. I was planning on running a small 8 mile race, so I decided to run an 8 mile TT myself on Sunday.

It was in the 30s when I started and finished around 40, with a chilly breeze but not crazy. We got a dusting of snow Saturday night but about half way through the run it melted under the sun, leaving the crushed gravel canal path a bit sloppy. Footing wasn’t ideal but don’t think it was game changer by any means.

I did 4 miles warm-up to make sure I was good and ready, and that got me over the first road crossing too.

First 2 miles felt good and was happy to ease into the workout/TT. Mile 3 was just….meh. I wasn’t defeated I wasn’t going through a mid run crisis I just couldn’t find a gear that felt right. I hit the turnaround and mentally shifted gears and stopped looking at my watch. Before I knew it I dropped a faster mile and then just trucked on holding that effort. Last mile was huffing a bit but really happy with it overall. Sub 20 5k and 40 10k in there, cant wait to race soon and see what I can do with that!

Solo TT Splits 6:46, 6:42, 6:49, 6:27, 6:16, 6:20, 6:18, 6:21 = 6:30 avg

Monday: 5 Mill’ Recovery Miles after work (8:30 avg)
Tuesday:  10 Miles total (7:00 avg) w/ speed pyramid 400-800-1200-1600-1600-1200-800-400 @ 6:02 avg
Wednesday: 6.1 Easy miles OUTSIDE IN SHORTS (8:04 avg)
Thursday: Easy 3.6 (8:12 avg) outside + Strides
Friday: 6.1 Easy miles outside (8:04 avg)
Saturday: 7 Easy miles outside (7:48 avg) + Strides
Sunday:  14.4 miles total w/ 8 Mile solo TT (52:00/6:30 pace)
Week Total Miles: 53 Miles
Beers Drank: B and I split an Allagash White & Two Roads No Limits Hefe
Baby Milestones: Major crawling improvements, second overnight away, pulled her video monitor off the wall (LOL, yeah)

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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