Barley’s Training Log 2/19-2/25/18

This was a slightly more ‘exciting’ week of training than it has been in a while. It wasn’t anything crazy, but I got a race in (first since November) so that was a nice change of pace in addition to another good week of miles.

The week started off on a bit of a salty note with running for me, I was out for my usual recovery jaunt and was planning on tacking on a bit around the block but when I got about 1/4 mile from home I was bit by a dog. It was almost 9PM, dark besides street lights, luckily I had no music or anything on so I had a LITTLE bit of warning hearing it running up behind me but there still wasn’t much I could do. What can I say, runner thighs just look tasty to animals! The good news was, it didn’t break the skin and something made it run off quickly after so I didn’t have to fight it off for long. Bad news, obviously not ideal and I was pretty shaken up afterwards. A house I have run by hundreds of times and never issues, and of course it had to happen at night. As someone who runs at night a lot, I’m usually pretty cautious and aware but don’t spook quite as easily…. but this rocked me a bit more than I would have liked.

The week only went up from there in terms of running (was a rough work week, but that is when good running weeks come in handy). I had a great workout on Tuesday (in shorts and a tank top!!!), and rounded the week out with easy stuff until the race on Saturday. It was a low key race as part of the local Freezeroo Series, but was the perfect chance to bust off the rust from not racing in a few months. I ran strong and consistent even with the rolling elevation but waited a bit too long to change gears. I finished with a 6:10 average which is still right about where I had hoped/expected to be based on training, it was advertised as 4.4 but was definitely more like 4.3- but again, a great low key way to shake things up. I have one of my favorite races in a few weeks (Johnny’s 5 Mile), so this boosted my confidence for that as a PR attempt.

Monday: 3.6 Recovery miles (8:35 avg) bit by dog
Tuesday: 9.4 Miles total w/ 2 Tempo (6:40), 8 x 400 (5:46 avg), 4 x 200 (5:43 avg)
Wednesday: 5 treadmill recovery miles (8:19 avg) + 15 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands
Thursday: 7 Late evening treadmill miles @ 0-4% inclines (8:25 avg)
Friday: Easy 3.6 miles (7:49 avg) + strides
Saturday: 9.5 ish miles for the day with 4.3 mile race (6:10 avg)
Sunday: Easy 14.6 mile long run (7:47 avg)
Week Total Miles: 53 Miles
Total Strength/fitness time: 15 Minutes
Beers Drank: UFO Apricadabra
Baby Milestones: Crawling furiously, Pulling herself up on things more

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. Gah! I found 4 loose dogs on my usual route today, and was freaked out without any of them biting me. Sheesh! I hope the owner finds the dog and keeps it inside again. Btw, love the Hannah pic. I really miss the feetsie-pajama stage. Maybe if I buy them for my 6 y.o. he’ll be willing to wear them again..just in time for TX summer ๐Ÿ˜‰
    That’s an impressive race- good luck with your 5 miler!

    1. Awe thank you! Hey you never know, he may be willing to wear them….my 5 y.o. nephew still rocks them! But yeah, Texas…summer….may not be necessary! Glad that you didn’t have any issues with the loose dogs, it’s always so nerve wrecking because you just don’t know what they’ll do. I love my dogs and I know they always mean well but other people don’t know that and you also never know what a dog will do if they feel threatened or sense something is off.

      How is your running goin? Do you have any upcoming goals or races?