Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It Sounded Like A Good Number

I got it into my head that I was going to run 30 miles last week. Now that the weather is cooling off I see everyone around the internetz talking about how they’re so happy to be hitting 40, 50, 60+ miles per week again. It’s giving me mileage envy y’all.

I’ve been hovering around 15-20 miles per week combined with 2-3 hours of spinning since the beginning of July. Last week I’d already hit 17 miles by Wednesday, so I thought I’d go for it. There was no particular reason other than:

30 = nice round number > what I’ve been running

Why not bump up my mileage by 30% in one week? By replacing some of the spinning with running, I justified that it wasn’t too drastic of a jump.

Here’s the breakdown from last week:

Sunday: 7.46 mi (60:00, 8:02/mi pace)
Monday: off (travel day back from NY)
Tuesday: AM: 1 hr spinning, 1 mi treadmill (@7.3, 1% incline)
               PM: 3.1 mi (24:52, 8:00/mi pace), core
Wednesday: 6 mi (49:47, 8:17/mi pace)
Thursday: off
Friday: 7 mi (56:36, 8:05/mi pace), core
Saturday: 6 mi w/ jogging stroller (51:11, 8:31)

Total: 30.6 miles, 1 hr spinning

Naptime commenced about 1/4mi into this run

It went well, but I'm definitely noticing some muscle imbalance from the spinning. My calves fatigue much quicker than my quads, and they carry a little extra soreness the next day. From here on out spinning has to be in addition to, not in place of, running.

In case you were wondering (I’m sure you weren’t), I’ve nixed any thoughts of an October half marathon. I snagged a free entry to the Atlanta Zooma Half Marathon on November 26th, so that will be my only fall half. If it’s free, it’s for me!

Rather than trying to run 2 half’s less than a month apart, I’d rather focus on making Zooma a quality effort. Besides, there are a bunch of fun 5 & 10K’s coming up next couple months I plan to run. Those entry fees add up fast, so my wallet doesn't mind skipping an extra half marathon either.

Is there a minimum weekly mileage goal that you set for yourself ? Do you have a race budget?


  1. I have two races this weekend (but I'm only "racing" one, the other is for fun), and after that I'm going to stop focusing on mileage goals until Spring, basically because it gets too cold and icy here in the winter, and I can only handle a little bit of treadmill running at a time. But, once March gets here, I plan on slowly working my mileage up (I was averaging 20-25 miles/week back during May, and here recently I've been doing about 10-15), and taking advantage of having no races on my schedule until much later in the year so that I can actually work my mileage up slow and steady, like all the books say lol. Every injury I've gotten so far have been overuse injuries, so I'm hoping to avoid those by building slowly. :)

  2. I was trying to get up over 20 miles, but I too notice a difference in my body. I'm nervous about building up again post-Italy. At least we are walking a lot!

  3. What the heck are you doing reading blogs while you're Italy?! Lol, thanks for stopping in. I'm sure you'll be just fine when you get back!

  4. What is this cold and ice that you speak of? Hehe, we're just kicking into gear now that winter's approaching in the south.

    Sounds like you're taking a good approach!

  5. Even during my peak week I don't typically do more than 30 miles...the only except was while training for the Goofy Challenge. No race budget....but I probably should! It definitely puts a dent in the checking account! :)

  6. i think 30 miles a week is great! i hope to get there soon. lately i haven't cared about mileage - i feel lucky to get in any running! but normally i like it to be in the 25-30 mile a week range, unless i am training. then 40 - 50 seems like a better number ;)

  7. My legs would probably fall off if I ran 30mi/wk ;-) and my brain would wonder what is going on.

    Ideally, I would like to hover btwn 20-25mi/wk . Right now, I'm doing good if I get 15. Right now I'm at 6 miles for the week.. uhm yah. It's Thursday. I have a 10k saturday, so that's 6 more. Depending on how my shins feel this afternoon I'm going to attempt 5, for a whopping total of 17 miles.

    It's still really hot here, and getting in long(er) runs after work in this heat is not working for me. I'm getting worn down and frustrated.

    WOHOO for free race entries, those are definitely the best!

  8. Tina @ Faith Fitness FunSeptember 30, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    YAY! I'm doing that Zooma race too. :)

    And I would have pushed the logic with the spinning like that too. I can be very persuasive.

  9. I know you also do tri's. How do you think your running is affected when you're doing a lot biking and swimming too?

  10. I used to do 30 miles a week but I've been doing 20-25. This week I hit 29 but I am more balanced with 20-25 and cross training. Nice work on the mileage and the half sounds great.