Another Recovery Week

Training last week:

Monday: Off
Tuesday: 12 miles easy
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: 6 miles easy (8:30) /6 miles uptempo (7:15 pace)
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Shakeout
Sunday: Broad street 10 miler


Another easy mileage week.  I don’t have a lot to say about this week that I didn’t say last week.  I am starting to get a bit more antsy to run higher mileage weeks again.  I know however, I won’t feel that way by week 16 of marathon training so I want to continue one last week of lower mileage week.

I’ll probably be finished with Broad Street by the time you run this.  The only two ten milers I’ve run have been in not peak conditions.  The first was in 2011 and it was my first run over 8 miles coming off my infamous 21st birthday stress fracture.  The second was last years mountain goat 10 miler.  (One of the hilliest hardest courses).  I did achieve the gold medal though.  Here is a flashback:

Mountain goat.
Mountain goat.

I would love to be under 65 for Broad Street.  I’m not in peak race conditions for this race due to relaxing and just running when I feel like it.  I don’t regret that and there will be more years to enjoy this race.  (Though next year might not be the year either due to a wedding…but one year).

Next plans:

After I recover from the Broad Street 10 miler, I plan to begin training for my marathon. I’ll have more musings about my training next week (I hope).  Honestly at this point I don’t know what I want to do.

Right now my training plan looks like something like this:

Build my base back up and peak around 80-90 miles through August.

Fine tune in August and September.

Run a marathon in October.

Past that I couldn’t tell you.  I said previously I want to run a lot of 5ks this spring and summer.  I still will. 

Questions for you:

Did you race this weekend?  How did it go?

What is one piece of advice you would give anyone about training?

My biggest advice (that I really try and follow myself) is that running is a life long sport.  You can’t stress about each individual run.



  1. I like your advice and agree, a run is just a run and we all have bad ones and really, really, good ones every once in awhile. You have to look at progress in terms of year to year, not race to race. I hope your 10 miler went well… I have never actually run a 10 mile race, don’t think we have any of them here.

  2. No races for me this weekend. Still in recovery mode from Boston. I ran in Portland this week and then an easy 8 miles yesterday. I’m going to rebuild my base in May and then get after it starting in June. Wineglass in October! 🙂

    My one piece of advice isn’t just for anyone…it’s for you! 🙂 You’re being very smart letting your body recover a bit during this time, and it is good to do every 4th week during your training (a recovery week). Long runs are a minute per mile slower than goal pace (“train slow to run fast”), and you’re endurance comes from speedwork and tempo runs. OK, I know that is more than one piece of advice. I couldn’t help myself.

  3. I’m not really much of a runner, but the advice you gave still applies! And I finally DID lace up my sneakers yesterday and ran a 5K on my own. I’m slow, but hey, at least I’m out there!

  4. I do the mountain goat every year and I found out Binghamton has a nice half marathon the same day…after 4 mountain goats and bronze medals, I went to the Binghamton half today. My shoes are worn out so my Achilles was bothering me…so I did not do well but I will take the finish. The goat is only doing finisher medals this year…I wanted a silver. My ten mile pace usually lands me around 1:16

  5. Can’t wait to hear how the race went today! I did a local yokel 5-K this morning and biked a ton with my teammates. It was a great training day. 🙂 One piece of training wisdom I always keep in mind is to trust the process. Yes, I want to get faster and be stronger now, but nothing happens overnight. By doing the right things now (and training smart), I can hopefully keep doing triathlons for my entire life. It’s a good metaphor for life too. 🙂

  6. I’m getting excited to start marathon training too! I plan to take 3 weeks off in June, to try to feel healthy before I start though.
    I hope you did well at BS!

  7. I hope Broad Street went well, or at least that you had lots of fun!

    My main piece of advice I would give someone about training would be not to neglect the base-building period. Jumping into running too much/too fast/too hard has caused so many problems for me and I’m excited to take that advice myself this summer.

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