Boston Training week 6 + Meal Planning

Happy Monday!

Our weekend included a long run (for me) with new running ladies (yay!), a trampoline afternoon (for everyone else- I cheered them on) Saturday afternoon and a mini trip to PA on Sunday for a nutrition event I led.  And now back to a new week!

I’m happy to have another 50 mile week behind me… I’m pushing my mileage a little higher this cycle as an experiment.  In the past, I’ve always been a relatively low mileage runner (especially for marathons) and it’s worked for me, but as I’ve built my tolerance over the years, I think I can push a little more and see what happens.  Fingers crossed that I don’t cross that invisible line into injury, but so far my body is handling it pretty well.

Monday :  9.5 miles easy with rolling hills (9:30s pace)

Tuesday: unplanned rest day

Wednesday: 12 miles – on the treadmill due to a snow storm… I’m a little nervous that I’m doing too many treadmill miles, but the effort was there:

2 mile warm up

5 mile progressive tempo (5 minutes each at 7:30, 7:25, 7:18, 7:13, 7:08, 7:03, 6:57)

3 miles with 1 minute rest between each (6:44, 6:39, 6:35)

2 mile cool down

Despite being on a treadmill, this run felt good! I just feel like I’m cheating a bit without the elevation and elements of the outdoors.  (Plus ten minutes of hips/core strengthening).

Thursday: Another treadmill day as the snow turned to rain and then froze overnight into ice.  The kids had a delay, so I squeezed in 3 very slow miles on our treadmill at home (the one that is stuck on an incline!!) and then finished with 2 more at the gym after drop off, plus 20 minutes in the pool.

Friday: 8 easy that did not feel easy! My legs were tired from Thursday’s incline and Wednesday’s workout- 9:15 ave

Saturday: 17 miles with new running friends! I finally connected with some speedy ladies and we all did the first 9 together and then one other woman and I finished our long run as we are the only two training for a marathon.  In all, 667 feet of elevation and 8:17 overall pace.

Sunday:  rest!!

What I’m making this week…

  • Butternut squash chili
  • Mediterranean turkey burgers
  • Soba noodles with pb sauce and roasted broccoli
  • Stuffed shells with ground turkey


Do you have a mileage limit where you cross into injury?

How often are you on the treadmill lately?

I’m linking up with Wendy and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap.

19 thoughts on “Boston Training week 6 + Meal Planning

  1. It’s really hard to tell mileage wise (not that I’m ever really high mileage). Rachel pushed me to run more mileage last year, and that worked out just fine.

    Although I did feel burnt out towards the end,and now I’m sick, but not necessarily cause & effect because there were other things going on in my life.

    The last time I ran higher mileage like that, a few years ago, I did end up injured — so I was happy that didn’t happen last year.

    This winter has definitely made outside running very tricky — lots of ice out there this morning. 🙁
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  2. I never get much elevation running where I live. We have a few hills, but not enough of significance! I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t struggle much with the hills at my race in Alabama this past weekend. The stuff my coach has me do at CrossFit really helps make up for the lack of hill training here! Now I need to simulate humidity…
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  3. For me, if I creep over 50mpw, I get hurt. It sucks to have an upward limit, but a few years ago I would get super wiped out at 40mpw so I feel like the limit “changes” as we grow as runners. Also I think if you do your easy days super easy you can probably run more miles each week without getting the burnout.

    It looks like you had an awesome week of training though! It is so awesome to have friends to share the long runs with especially in tough weather. Plus it’s good to find someone who runs about your pace too (esp. someone like you who has a faster running pace).
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  4. Great week of workouts – that treadmill tempo run is strong! I have felt burnt out on high mileage (for me) – or more so, high frequency. I can run almost the same mileage on 5 days of running versus 6, and the five days feel better because I get a full rest day and a day for some other activity.
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  5. I just cannot do high mileage. I even tired it once (under the guidance of a coach), and I still think I over-trained and ran my “big” race partially injured ;-( If I run 100 miles/month, that’s my absolute top limit…and it’s rare that I ever surpass it.
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    • It’s definitely not for everyone! And in the long run, I don’t think it’s healthier… all the research points to shorter, more effective workouts. But I’m in this trial phase of my life for a few years before I turn 40 of pushing the limits a bit to see what happens, because why not? 🙂
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  6. Oh, no! Your home treadmill is stuck on an incline? You can call that hill training anytime you step on. It is so nice you found some speedier ladies to run with. That sure does help with those long runs. I’m not sure there is a mileage number I shouldn’t cross. It may be more of a frequency thing for me…too many days a week. Thanks for linking!

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