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)
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?