Monday, June 4, 2012

New High Mileage Month, and Steady Training

Welcome everyone ! This week (May 27 - June 2, 2012) contained the Patriot Half Marathon that I reviewed on my last post, as well as just some "normal" training runs. The temperatures have remained largely in the low to mid 70's during this week, and Saturday was relatively light since I planned a long run for early Sunday morning.

The soreness / stiffness in my knees has continued, most especially when I either have a hard effort, or have 2-3 days in a row. I've been either taking a rest day from anything involving my legs, or doing a gentle bike ride the following day when that occurs, and that has worked thus far. The balancing act continues.

While this last week's mileage wasn't anything spectacular (although I have managed to keep my running mileage in the 30+ mpw range and have for the last 5 weeks in a row, and 7 out of the last 9), I did manage to blow my previous high-water mark for monthly mileage completely out of the water, taking it from 129.6 miles (April 2012), to 157.35 miles for May !!!

Of course, setting another high-water mark like that probably won't occur for a bit, but it was fun to pass the 150 mile mark without feeling like I was going out of my way or risking injury to do so. :-)

Here is what last week looked like...

Day   Activity   Distance (in miles) Avg. Heart Rate Max Heart Rate
Sunday Cycling 21.01 --- ---
Monday Running 13.14 --- ---
Tuesday Rest Day ---- --- ---
Wednesday Running 6.08 150 168
Thursday Running 6.39 143 155
Friday Running 8.42 143 154
Saturday Cycling 21.20 102 133
Running 1.21 134 150

 These are my time and distance totals for the week:

Activity   Time Total   Distance Total (in miles)
Running 5:08:19 35.24
Cycling 2:55:39 42.21
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Overall Total 8:03:58 77.45

Day   Activity   Sets Reps Recovery Interval
Sunday Rest Day --- --- ---
Monday Rest Day --- --- ---
Tuesday Rest Day --- --- ---
Wednesday Pullups 5 8 5:00
Thursday Dips 8 10 3:00
Friday Situps 1 25 ----
Saturday Pullups 1 13 ----
Situps 1 50 ----

Even though it didn't really feel like it, I had a pretty light week of cross training this last week. At least I've managed to start slowly working back in some ab-specific work, even though it is situps. Of all the ab-specific exercises, these are (in my opinion) the least focused on the abdominals, but it is a part of this month's challenge so I'll stick with these and see where I end up this month.

Happy Running Everyone !!!


  1. Nice job with the high mileage. Are you planning to do another marathon soon or just working to keep your miles up?

    1. It is a little of both actually. I have a sort of "long range" plan for a marathon in mid-October so it is early marathon training, and I'm really enjoying just being able to run more days per week than I had been previously. A long as the long efforts don't hurt me. Walking that line between solid training and too much is the truly challenging part of all this.