|Crossing off the days of the training plan|
As I started gearing up for the marathon, I began to increase my mileage so that I would start my training with a base of 40 miles/week. It soon became very difficult to fit 40+ miles into 5 days of running.
If you do the math
(40 miles/week) / (5 days) = 8 miles/day
where if you were to do the same mileage over 6 days
(40 miles/week) / (6 days) = 6.66 miles/day
So I have started running six days a week instead of five and I am currently on my second week of doing this. I think the only way I am able to hold it all together and complete the workouts is because I keep my three easy runs VERY easy and continue to go to my weekly pilates and yoga classes.
It's not easy running almost every day of the week and of course there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Keep up momentum gained by running continuous days
Three days hard, three days easy
Less miles per day
One non-running day
Less time for recovery between runs
Too many consecutive days of running
When I get the chance in the coming weeks, especially in my cutback weeks, I think I will try to scale back to 5 days to give my legs the extra rest. Otherwise, so far I have been feeling good. The extra day has made scheduling runs easier and I don't feel like every run (except my long run) has to be at least 5+ miles.
And the extra day of running makes me feel like I can eat a few extra cupcakes (or cookies!)
|Cupcakes from the wedding we attended over the weekend|