Running twenty miles a week in November was tough. Twenty miles a week over the holidays was almost impossible. Turns out I actually do need serious and legitimate study time for this class I just started. So as I was doing my weight lifting today I was trying to figure out how I can get back up to my 15-20 miles per week. I looked back and reconsidered why I had the goal of this mileage in the first place. The whole point was to build running back into my life on a regular basis in preparation for actual marathon training which will require 40+ miles per week. Goals need to be realistic and I need to face the music that right now 20 miles a week, with this particular grad course also on my plate, isn’t actually realistic anymore.
However, 15 miles may still be doable. My lifting program is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. That leaves 3 days. 15 divided by 3 is… yup, 5 miles. So it works out perfectly if I run 5 miles on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday each. I’ll only have to get up early or sacrifice one evening a week (more likely) to exercise on Wednesdays. The rest of my evenings can be devoted to this finance course for the remaining 7 weeks. Weekends are easier to flex in a run around kids hockey practices and games. (If it’s nice out, a run from my house to the rink is actually about 5 miles on the nose.) Only minor down side to this plan is that leaves 0 rest/recovery days. That said, I’ve had plenty of weeks without an official “rest” day before and have lived to tell the tale. I think this will be fine. This will also put me at 10 this week, and then back up to 15 starting next week which is a nice ramp up. Once I’ve got this down I can look at increasing back up to 20 miles per week and beyond. And if this doesn’t work… I can always re-evaluate again. 🙂 The important thing is to not throw in the towel and give up.