4.27.2008

Mileage Milestone

This past week I had my highest mileage week ever...I think I finished out my 10 mile run yesterday with 38.2 miles for the week...or something right around there. Pretty awesome considering I spent most of my runs coughing up at least one lung. The rest of my body feels fantastic...no pain. A year ago I think I was up to about 35 miles/week and felt like I'd been beaten with a 2x4. I think maintaining ~30 miles/week all Winter long was key. The previous Winter my mileage was in the 20-25mpw range.

This week I am hoping to top out at 40 miles, then the following week will be a bit of a taper in preparation for my 25k the day before Mother's Day (heh, and Mother's Day will find me replenishing the calories I burned in the race...and then some. We'll do the awesome all-you-can-eat brunch at a nearby resort. Again I will request main floor seating, as stairs will not be welcome the day after a major race). Shouldn't be too bad as my lungs heal from my recent respiratory bug. Today marks 2 weeks since I first felt the cold coming on. Hopefully I can stay healthy through the race day. Then I have about 3 weeks of recovery and reduced mileage before I officially start marathon training on June 1.

Today I need to get back to the abs and quads workouts that I had started to do before I fell ill. I find that by the end of my long runs that I sometimes have a hard time remaining upright and once my posture goes the wheels often start to fall off. I also need to strengthen my quads to help keep my kneecaps tracking happily.

4 comments:

  1. Great job on the mileage milestone! Especially considering you probably weren't feeling up to getting out on your runs due to your ickies! Way to HTFU!

    Gosh, in just a few scant months you'll be in the 40 - 50 mile range. How exciting! :)

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  2. Thanks! And you're right...40-50 no longer seem as daunting as they once did. :)

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  3. Woo Hoo on mileage!! That's some serious miles -- especially while you've been sick. That was about my peak during marathon training. You are SO ready for a marathon, girl. You're going to be amazing. I'm seriously thinking of skipping my half and coming up there to cheer you on...you're going to rock it!!

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  4. I think you should come RUN my marathon with me, girl! :D

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