Slowly Building My Base For Higher Mileage

I have been slowly building my volume base in preparation for my next training cycle.  My approach has been pretty methodical and cautious since I’m concerned that my body won’t be able to handle it otherwise.  For the past two years, I’ve averaged 30 to 40 miles a week, and now I’m working my way up to eventually running at least 50 miles a week.

So far, so good.  After the Nagano Marathon in mid-April, I have gradually built up my weekly mileage as follows:

4/16 ~ 4/22 – 23 miles

4/23 ~ 4/29 – 26 miles

4/30 ~ 5/6 – 31 miles

5/7 ~ 5/13 – 41 miles

5/14 ~ 5/20 – 42 miles

5/21 – 5/27 – 45 miles

Although there was a couple weeks in there where I felt a little more fatigued than usual, my body seems to be adjusting well.  In terms of aches and pains, nothing to speak of.  Within the next three weeks, I’m planning to get up to 50 mile weeks and will sustain that volume until the start of the next marathon training cycle in mid to late summer.

A few things that seems to have helped with the transition to higher volume include a moderate effort when doing speed work, VERY slow recovery runs between hard days, and 20 minutes of stretching each night before bed.  In fact, I’m actually enjoying the increased mileage at a slower pace.

It will be interesting to see if the body continues to hold up well over the next couple of months.  If it does, then most likely I’ll plan to create a marathon plan that would peak at around 70 miles per week.  At this point I’m cautiously optimistic.

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About runninginspired

I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.
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4 Responses to Slowly Building My Base For Higher Mileage

  1. singlewhitefemaledating says:

    I think stretching is very important; I have never run those distances… but struggle with niggles and injuries. Mainly pulled calf muscles and tight hamstrings; especially if I try and push myself to hard! 😦

    • Agree. I’ve tended to neglect stretching, but as I get older, I’m begin to appreciate it more and more. I think a lot of times we are tight on time and we seem to sacrifice stretching as a result, to our own peril.

      Thanks for the comment!

      • singlewhitefemaledating says:

        There you go mentioning the “old” word.. Geez, don’t admit to that!!! Heehee… 😀

  2. bobo says:

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