Good morning my friends! I sit here
sipping guzzling my third cup of coffee…don’t judge…It’s just one of those mornings.
This morning, I am continuing with my weekly series called ‘Training Talk Tuesdays’. For those of you who are new readers, each Tuesday (when I am blogging regularly), the running coach in me comes out and I write about training for a race of various distances. Hope you join in the fun each week and be sure to email me with any specific questions you may have that you want me to cover in this series. Contact me.
(Disclaimer: Although, I am a RRCA Certified Running Coach, the information, I post may not be right for you. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine).
Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner (this Sunday) I can’t help but think how special this year is for me…I am a mom! (I have to say it out loud several times before it sinks in…you would think the surplus of dirty diapers would have done the trick!) Can’t believe I am still adjusting to motherhood.
Since May is the month of Mother’s Day and since I am now a MOM…I figure I will use this as an opportunity to declare this month of training as being:
MOM Month: Month Of Mileage
Yup, I am taking advantage of this play on words and using it for some fun! I hope you join me! March was all about finding my motivation to run, April was about racing and May is about slowly building my mileage up so I can begin marathon training. I am excited about this month and already adding the miles!
I am starting with a slight increase of 10% each week. I am following the 10% rule because I am focused on making a safe return to running higher mileage weeks. I’ll be averaging 55 mile weeks (This may not be much to some but I am coming from an average of 40 miles a week, since I gave birth to my son).
I have found in previous training periods that my “happy place” is running anywhere from 50 to 60 miles a week. This is the place where I feel strong and trained. Anything over, I can begin to feel tired and overworked. As I am learning to adjust to my new role as a mom and juggling life in general, I am doing my best to manage my time and find the right weekly mileage for me. I will keep you posted on how this all pans out. But for now, let’s enjoy the month of May and begin adding up our mileage! In other words, let’s toast to MOM ; )
What is your “happy place” for weekly mileage?
Are you training for a race? If so, which one?!