MOM Month:Month of Mileage!

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).

safe return to running

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 ; )

Your turn:

What is your “happy place” for weekly mileage?
Are you training for a race? If so, which one?!



  1. says

    So I have 3 kids ages 3,5 and 6 and STILL don’t always feel like a mom! I think it’s hard to reconcile all our different roles into one identity.

    I have a couple of 10ks coming up but don’t consider myself “training” since I just ran Boston and want to have some time to just enjoy running in the nice weather! Have a half and full marathon in the fall though.

  2. says

    Congrats on being a new mom! I am a new mom as well.

    I’m currently training for the St. George Marathon coming up in October so my mileage is pretty low right now, only about 10-15 miles per week! Pretty soon I’ll be up there in the 40s though :)

  3. says

    My sweet spot is 35-40 miles a week, but that’s more mental than physical. When I run more, I start to feel like I can’t keep up with my non-running life. I’m still trying to catch up from running 200 miles in March LOL.

    I’ve got a good mileage base at this point, so I’m all about the speed work and the hill work now. Once I pick up the pace a bit, I may start building the mileage again. I may not. ;o)

  4. says

    so, even though i’ve been a mom for a year, i still have to say it out loud to really remember that i am a mom. i always remember i have a son, but i don’t always remember that it makes me a mom… :)

    i’m training for a small local half marathon in a few weeks. it will be my first run post baby and post back surgery.


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