Training Week 7: 72 Miles

This has been an exhausting week.  With the increase of mileage, work hours and outside factors, I have found myself exhausted each day.

Monday: 10.65 miles easy
Tuesday: 10.7 miles easy
Wednesday: 10.75 miles easy with Tim’s dad
Thursday: 11.3 miles fast finish
Friday: Off
Saturday: 7.5 miles easy treadmill
Sunday: 21 miles Long Run
Total:  72 Miles


My training began on Monday morning.  It was misting outside but wasn’t pouring rain.  By mile 4, it began pouring rain (and 35 degree rain at that).  I could have turned around but I would have ended with 8 miles.  I thought I might as well finish the route I had planned because I was going to be grimy either way.

The weather on Tuesday was much more tolerable.  I had DOMS from my 10 mile race but I didn’t feel awful.  I just felt sore.

Wednesday was a nice change of pace and scenery since I ran with my (future) inlaw.  I always enjoy running with Tim’s dad and we had a really enjoyable run.  By Wednesday evening, I found myself exhausted, miserable and just tired.  The day and also week had caught up to me.

Looking back, it doesn’t make sense why I ran on Thursday.  I wasn’t feeling the run beforehand.  When I actually got running, I did feel good.  Post run, I felt like my body had rebelled against me.  I found myself exhausted and grumpy the rest of the day.  In hindsight, despite the run feeling really good I wish I hadn’t gone out.  It didn’t make for a great rest of the day.

I slept well on Thursday night and slept in late on Friday.  My body needed the 10 hours of sleep.  The rest day was exactly what I needed. On Saturday, I ran an easy 7.5 on the treadmill and headed into work early.

Between rest and a chance of scenery, I felt much better on my long run Sunday (than any other run).  With all of that sleep I felt good running.  I’m glad I took that method.

My long run on Sunday felt great.  It wasn’t the best weather but I have no complaints.  I ran 10 miles outdoors.  When I got home, I was soaken wet and needed to either change, stop running or run inside.  I opted to run inside and finished a great run.  It was exactly what I needed to motivate me (training wise) for the marathon.  22 miles will be the longest I’ll go before the race and I will do one more beforehand.

Questions for you:

What is your longest training run?

How much sleep do you generally need?

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  1. What a week! Good for you for braving rain – cold rain is my least favorite weather to run in probably. My longest marathon training run has always been a 22 and I’ll only do one of those. I’m not sure how much sleep I need, but I’m sure it’s more than the 6-7 hours I typically get. I’d love 8 but I can’t seem to get to bed early enough.

  2. Wow.! Great week. That is a lot of mileage. I hit a 60 miler week a couple times. But I don’t do it too often. And yea, it’s been super rainy here also. I need at least 6 hours of sleep. Or I feel like a zombie by the end of the day

  3. I generally cap my long runs at 22 miles as well, but there have been several times when I’ve been fine with one or two 20s. Looks like the training is going well and you’re more than prepared for your marathon!

    I’m fine on 4 hours of sleep for some reason…sadly due to insomnia I rarely even get that!

  4. I think 22 is probably close to my highest mileage for an entire week! You’re seriously so inspirational 🙂 The longest training run I’ve ever done was a 10 miler for a half marathon. I plan to run a marathon eventually, so hopefully 20+ miler training runs are in my future!

    I can function on very little sleep, but I prefer to sleep around 6-7 hours.

  5. Awesome week Hollie! I don’t know how you do it but you are awesome!!
    I normally try to shoot for 8 hours of sleep, but it doesn’t always happen during the semester. I love a small nap in the afternoon/evening though!

  6. My longest training run for my last half was 16. My friend is training for a full, so I just went with her for a 16 miler. Really wasn’t that bad. I seem to get more sore/tired from fast running more than just longer, easier miles. My longest training run ever was 22 for the marathon I ran.

    You had a great week of running. I agree with you on sticking out the wet run, once you’re already out there and soaked, you may as well get the mileage in since you’re already out. Hope you can get rested up soon, I aim for 7-8 hours a night myself.

  7. Wow that’s a lot of miles! You definitely needed the rest day. I try to get 8 hours of sleep but it is often interrupted. I live in a noisy part of a collegetown. I would like to get up to 22 miles before my marathon in May but I’ll wait till the weather is above single digits. I have no problems with indoor running 🙂

  8. I’ve been only getting like four hours sleep a night!!! I would give anything for 10 hours LOL and it would be so hard for me to do a training run at 22 miles knowing I did it the last week.

  9. Last week, I was sleeping 8 hours a night and still feeling beyond exhausted every day. I would describe myself not just as tired, but as fatigued. Just constantly. I’m hoping this week will be better. Hopefully you will also be less tired this week. 🙂 Which marathon do you have coming up again?

  10. Woohoo! If I don’t get at least eight hours of sleep, my entire day suffers–work, workout, plus I’m crankier and more irritable. Basically, it’s in everyone’s best interest if I get eight hours each night.

  11. My longest training run was today, 26.5. I am training for my first ultra, so the runs are getting longer. As far as sleep, I feel best on 9 but I don’t hit that target enough, that’s for sure 🙁

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