Training Tuesday: Fewer Miles

Happy Tuesday! For today’s post I have a runfession — I had a low mileage week.

At this point in my training, I probably should be increasing the mileage each week, but this week I was a little bit down in the numbers. I typically start off the week strong with a long run, but I was out of town for a bachelorette party and clocked in zero miles on Sunday.

Sooooo where did that get me? In terms of mileage, this week (Sunday-Saturday) ended at 21.53 miles. The runs included:

Sunday: Nothing! I was in Cincinnati for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party and the day involved getting brunch and then driving back to Cleveland. And going to bed early after a weekend of little sleep!

Monday: 4  miles on the treadmill.

Tuesday:  40 minute tempo run; 4.6 miles on the treadmill. 

Wednesday: 5.3 miles on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles and then had enough time to walk/run a cooldown to get to 5.3.

Thursday: 3.2 miles on the treadmill. I woke up Thursday TIRED. Beteeen work, FW being sick and being away the previous weekend, I felt as if I was lacking some serious sleep. Nevertheless, I managed to get in a few sluggish miles.

Friday: None – rest day!

Saturday: 4.42 miles on the treadmill. It was sunny but cold outside so I decided to take it easy and watch some Netflix while working out.

Total- 21.53 miles!


Was it a bad week? No. Did I have any really bad runs? No. So here’s to hoping for a little higher mileage in the weeks moving forward!

Some questions for you:

  • What do you consider a “long” run?
  • What’s your average weekly mileage?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

9 thoughts on “Training Tuesday: Fewer Miles

  1. So you had an impromptu “cutback” week. No worries. I well know how those events, especially ones that require travel, get in the way sometimes. In the off-season my “long” run is 6-8 miles. Right now it’s 10-12. When marathon training starts it’ll be 13-22. I’ve always been a low-mileage runner who depends on lots of crosstraining to keep me injury free. I rarely run more than 35 miles in a peak week.

  2. I try to build in a cut back week like that every 3-4 weeks to keep me going mentally and physically… there are a lot of benefits too, as it allows your body to recover a bit more and absorb some of the work you’ve been doing. My long runs right now are 9-15 in half training… I have no desire to do any more than that but will have to pick it up if I do a fall marathon!

  3. I think you had consistent miles, so the numbers aren’t a big woop (my opinion). My weekly mileage varies, even when I’m in training (currently, Grandma’s Marathon is my next big race…in June). I’ve been averaging around 16 miles/week, but that will be increasing now as I start doing double-digit runs for the next eight weekends…

  4. My average weekly miles are probably closer to 20 right now and my long runs tend to be between 8-12 miles. I always say that it’s about the quality of miles, not necessarily the quantity!

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