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Mileage When Not Training For a Race

The past three weeks since I ran the Philadelphia Marathon has has provided me with a good insight into my ability to maintain a regular running routine even when I am not training for a race.

It has not taken me long to get back to the point where I am running 45-60 km, or 27-37 miles, per week. My usual routine of running 5-6 days per week has made it easy to get back to this level of weekly mileage. If I continue to maintain my routine of 5-6 runs this weekly pace will leave me with a good base by the time I start marathon training again later next month.

The other thing that has become apparent over this time is that my average run appears to be about 8-10 km, or 5-6 miles. I am not sure whether this is because I consider anything shorter to be not enough of a workout or whether it is the easiest amount of mileage to fit in a day but looking at my training log runs of this distance are my most common workouts.

It seems like I have developed a pattern with my training while I run without a specific race goal ahead of me. Since I have been easily maintaining this pattern of daily and weekly mileage it would seem likely that I will continue the pattern until I start a marathon training program that will gradually add more distance again.

I just have to make sure to continue to throw in some tempo runs and speed work every now and then and it should leave me in good shape when I start that marathon training program .

Do you find yourself developing any patterns when you are just running for yourself and not training for a race?

Peak Mileage

With five weeks remaining before the Philadelphia Marathon I have reached the point where I am hitting the peak mileage in my training cycle. This week and next week my plan is to hit 100-110 km per week.

I find this to be the toughest point of the training cycle for a marathon as it is more exhausting both mentally and physically. However, it is also a rewarding point of the training cycle when you manage to get through the increased mileage as it can leave you with more confidence heading into the final weeks of training.

Hitting my mileage targets for the next two weeks will involve a couple of two run days each work meaning a run at the crack of dawn and a run home from work in the evening.

Once the next two weeks are out of the way I will be able to drop my mileage as I taper before race day.

Do you find the peak mileage periods in your training cycles more difficult? How do you keep yourself motivated to get through them?

Week 3 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

My third week of training for the Philadelphia Marathon has nearly come to an end. This week’s plan called for 61 km, 38 miles. With one run remaining my mileage for the week sits at 53 km and I am guaranteed to hit my intended weekly total as I have a 12 km trail race on the schedule tomorrow.

This week turned out to be the first week where I managed to accomplish something I had been planning to do from the start. That is get in an early morning run Monday morning since I am still playing soccer on Monday nights, for a few more weeks at least. This allowed me to get in all my runs, play soccer and have the full day of rest on Friday that my training plan calls for. It worked out well this week and my legs felt stronger as I was missing that day of rest during my first two weeks of training.

Overall my runs this week were goood. I managed to complete my intended distances and managed to stick to my intended paces for those runs. The week started off with a long run of 19 km Sunday morning and for my other four runs I averaged 8 km.

With the exception of Tuesday when I set out on a bit of a hillier route in order to give my legs a tougher workout my runs have so far just been run at an easy recovery pace. I was scheduled to run a tempo run yesterday but since I am running a trail race tomorrow I decided just to do a short easy run yesterday.

As for the trail race tomorrow, it is a 12 km race at one of the local ski hills. The first half of the course it slower since it involves a lot of uphill running on narrow switchback trails where the second half of the course involves a lot of downhill running. The course is a 6 km loop and since I am in the 12 km race I will have to do two laps. You will be able to read a fulll report of my adventures here on Sunday.

When I start week four of my training Sunday I will have 1016 km, or 631 miles, of training left over the 13 weeks that reamain before the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20th.

What race are you training for right now? How is your training going?



Week 2 of Training for Philadelphia

After tomorrow’s run I will have completed my second of 16 weeks of training for the Philadelphia Marathon.

My training plan called for 57 km, 36 miles, this week. So far despite the fact that I took an extra day off yesterday because I was too busy I have managed to complete 43 km. With a run of at least 10 km to go tomorrow I will come close to hitting the mileage called for in my plan.

While last week when exactly to plan this week has not as I ended up not running Tuesday due to rain and the fact that I was exhausted and yesterday I ended up being too busy to get out.

I did, however, manage to get in two runs Wednesday to make up for the missed run on Tuesday and tonight I ended up doing a tempo run on my way home from work. As a result, it has still been a fairly productive week in terms of training for Philadelphia.

When I start week 3 on Sunday I will have 1077, or 669 miles, of training remaining before I run Philadelphia. I can only hope the remaining 14 weeks of training will go as well as the first two have gone.

How did your training go this week? Did you hit your goals?

Completing a Marathon Without Training?

There are many debates surrounding the proper way to train for a marathon, from which training program is best to how much mileage you should do. This is to say that there does not seem to be one method that is accepted as the right way or the best way to properly train for a marathon.

However, I’m pretty sure this is not the right way. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think everyone needs to set aggressive goals and push themselves to the limit so they can run a sub-three hour marathon.

Some people enjoying running more for the social aspect and finishing times are not as important to them. The key here is that they are still regular runners and have trained for the distances they run.

To me the case in this article sets a bad example for others. I think he is probably lucky that he only ended up with a strained tendon in  one knee and a minor injury to one of his feet. Others who attempt to run a marathon under similar conditions might not be so lucky.

What do you think of this one? What do you think the best way to train for a marathon is?

First Week of Training For the Philadelphia Marathon

This week was my my first week of training for the Philadelphia Marathon. With a final run to go tomorrow my first week has gone as planned.

So far I have completed 45 km. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today involved runs at an easy pace while last night’s run involved some mileage at my intended marathon pace.

This week’s runs have all felt good so far and I have managed to stick to my intended pace for both the easier runs and for my tempo run. To mix things up I also found hillier routes for a couple of my easy runs.

So now with 45 km of my training complete I now only have 1134 km, or 705 miles, to go over the next 15 weeks!

Are you training for a fall marathon? How is your training going?





Running Without a Plan, For Now…

As previously mentioned, my next marathon will be the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20. Most of my upcoming training over the summer months will be geared toward getting ready for that race.

Since I had some success with Bart Yasso’s 16 week training plan for hard-core runners, and since I enjoyed the variety of speedwork sessions his plan calls for, I am planning on using this plan again to prepare for Philly.

I just entered my scheduled runs into Google Calendar tonight and 16 weeks before Philly and I will be starting my marathon training program the last week of July. This leaves me with approximately a month and a half of running without a plan. 

The next race I am actually scheduled to run is the Perth Kilt Run on July 2.  Since this one is just an 8 km race I won’t run a specific training plan for it. I plan on continuing my regular schedule of running 6 days per week with at least one tempo run mixed in and a long run on Sundays with the distance depending on how I feel and how much time I have to devote to a longer run that day.

My plan is to continue that routine to keep myself going until I start my training plan to get myself ready for Philly.

Do you ever find yourself running without a plan? How do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?

Hill Repeats Tonight

As mentioned last night hill repeats were on my schedule for tonight. I completed seven hill repeats, at marathon pace,  on my way home from work tonight.

I find hill repeats are one of those workouts that are sometimes tough to get excited about but they are a necessary part of marathon training. I am sure I will see the benefits of my hill training on race day.

I completed six of the on the Heron Bridge, pictured below. The bridge used to be part of the Ottawa Marathon course until the recently announced changes to this year’s course. It was the biggest hill along the old marathon course although the fact that it sat close to the 32 km mark made it feel even tougher.

After completing six hill repeats I continued to head toward home and ended up doing my final repeat on a hill closer to home.

In the end I completed a total of 12.2 km in 1:01.