Bad Angel Rule #172

tumblr_m7q5pqYWN31raudepo1_500Break Up the Miles.

For the first time in a long time, I’m embarking on an aggressive training plan. I don’t think I’ve put in consecutive 20+ mileage weeks since I was actively training for a full marathon. I forgot how time-consuming it is.

And unlike when I was training for a full marathon, I now have two young kids to factor into the equation, and I find it’s logistically impossible to squeeze multiple hour-long runs into the work week. I can’t muster that many miles in the morning (nor am I capable of waking up that early), it’s too hot to run big miles over the lunch hour, and if I wait until the kids are in bed, I’m infringing on my own bedtime.

However, all is not lost. I don’t have to scrap my plan. I just need to break up my miles.

One of the things I learned during the holiday running streak is that “recovery days” don’t necessarily mean ceasing running entirely. Sure, it means I’m running fatigued some days, but when you’re racking up a lot of mileage, fatigue is a given, anyway.

Here’s an example of how one week plays out:

Day of the Week Traditional Plan Break Up Plan
Monday 4 miles 4 miles
Tuesday Rest 3 miles
Wednesday 4 miles 3 miles
Thursday 6 miles 3 miles
Friday Rest 2 miles
Saturday 5K Race 5K Race
Sunday 6 miles 5 miles

Rather than log two 6-milers, which take an hour a pop, I split them into smaller increments. At the end of the day, er, week, I will still have logged the same mileage, but I will have done so in smaller chunks that are easier to bite off, considering my hectic schedule.

Now, there are certain runs that I strongly believe you should not break up. For a marathon, it’s the 20-miler, and for the half marathon, it’s the 12-miler. But for all of those in-between runs? Just find a way to get them in. Find a way to make your your training plan work for you. After all, it’s your race, so you should train for it your way. — Aidz


One thought on “Bad Angel Rule #172

  1. This is a good idea. I’ve tried it before but I found that I took a day off way to many times due to work/family/life in general. If you can run 3-4 miles every day at lunch time this system can work. But work can get in the way. It’s just not easy!


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