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I did not have the most pleasant run this morning.  Dry heaving on the side of the road was involved. πŸ™ Lately, IÒ€ℒve noticed a pattern of bad run Γ’β‚¬β€œ good run Γ’β‚¬β€œ bad run Γ’β‚¬β€œ good run, especially when I run two days in a row.  What gives?


This definitely reinforces the concept of fresh legs.  I donÒ€ℒt like doing back-to-back runs at all.  I see training plans that call for 5 to 6 days of running, and I really donÒ€ℒt understand how anyone can do that! I find it so physically challenging to do 4 days a week.  :( 


Normally, I run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, and Sunday.  Long runs are on Fridays and I do a max of 3.0 miles on Sunday.


In fact, I wouldnÒ€ℒt dream of doing 4 runs a week if I wasnÒ€ℒt marathon training. I miss biking and spinning.  But, I donÒ€ℒt have the time/energy to work out for a 5th day, and I canÒ€ℒt possibly get in the required mileage with 3 days of running and 1 day of cross.  Thoughts?  Do I just suck it up for the next 10 weeks until IÒ€ℒm done with the Marathon? Maybe it will get easier?


Anyway, I ended up doing 4.3 miles in 47 minutes (walking and dry heaving was obviously involved in that time!).  I was scheduled to do 5.0, but that was hells-to-the-no happening.  At least I did something, right?!  πŸ™‚


I came home and worked, and then I made a delicious lunch.


I am getting so excited for our trip to England in December! I thought British-inspired sammies would be an appropriate meal.


Cucumber and cream cheese!  I just need a little pot of tea now.


Plus, carrots and a nectarine:


How many days a week do you work out?  I used to pull 5 Γ’β‚¬β€œ 6 times a week, but now that IÒ€ℒve gotten older (haha), that seems too hard and unnecessary.  I like to stay active on rest days, but I canÒ€ℒt do an intense workout too frequently.



  • Ami October 14, 2009, 12:11 pm

    It really helps if I do lots of strength training when I train for a race. Usually I will run 4 days and do 1 or 2 days of strength training. I love the Jari Love ripped workout series. You can do it in your home and you just need weights and a step up. It really helps with the stale legs syndrome.

  • MegaNerd October 14, 2009, 12:12 pm

    I agree that running 5-6 days/week is Loco!

    I’m barely getting in my 3-4 days/week of running with illness/injury. πŸ™

    I think that it might be physically demanding too because its so flipping hot out! Maybe once the weather cools down, you will find its not so bad? πŸ˜€ Hang in there!

    I miss your face lol.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 14, 2009, 12:15 pm

    I am a 32 year old, full time working, mom and wife……that works out 4-5 days a week (usually 5 unless something unexpected comes up)! I used to run 4-5 days a week, however since I started my 10K Training Program I now run “3” days a week, skipping days in-between the runs. On the non-running days I do abs, upper/lower body weights & cross-training (bike, etc.).

    Personally, I think you should have a REST DAY in-between your runs…I think you will find your runs will be better if you do. Your muscles need time to recover!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance…..after a 100+ POUND weight loss!!!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 14, 2009, 12:16 pm

    P.S. Great “eats” so far today!!! SO HEALTHY! I swear since I started reading your blog I have been eating less MEAT and more veggies/fruits.

    • caitlin October 14, 2009, 12:22 pm

      yay for less meat πŸ™‚

  • Sara October 14, 2009, 12:17 pm

    My training plan calls to run for 5 days a week with two rest days. It is HARD sometimes. For me at least I have noticed that the days AFTER I rest seem to be much harder. I guess that is the opposite that you are feeling? I run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of every week and my Tuesday run is always hard, Wednesday a little easier, and Thursday USUALLY the easiest. I know my 3 mile run yesterday was VERY hard!

    I agree though with the post above that as the weather cools down it becomes a lot easier!

  • Kristine October 14, 2009, 12:24 pm

    I generally run 5 to 6 days a week. Sometimes I mix it up and go to the gym and cross train for one of those days!

    However, I wouldn’t be able to run 5 to 6 days a week if I was running long distances. I generally keep my runs to 3-5 miles!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn October 14, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Hey Caitlin!

    I am physically okay running back to back, but what happens to me is I burn out mentally. By day 4, I’m proud. By day 5, I’m bored. It’s a bummer because after the 4 days I’m starting to feel like an awesome dedicated runner again, but it gets to me every time!

    And hell yes to “at least you did it”. Any run is a good run πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 14, 2009, 12:31 pm

    I do about 5-6 days a week as well, but it is such a variety that on days when Im super tired, I try to do something easier.

  • Evan Thomas October 14, 2009, 12:34 pm

    I think it just takes a lot of getting used to. I run 7 days a week for the most part and hardly feel it any more. It certainly wasn’t like that at the beginning, but the more you stick it out the better it gets

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated October 14, 2009, 12:36 pm

    I have been training for a 1/2 marathon and found a training plan that allows me to run only 3-4 times/week (on and cross-train or rest on the other days. I have found that I am unable to do two hard days in a row and actually usually need about two days of recovery between hard workouts (with one day moderate and the other day off or easy). When I’m NOT in training, I do generally easy, although some long and some short, cardio sessions and go harder on strength training. If I had to make a suggestion (although I’m relatively new to race training), I’d just make sure that you schedule a really easy day or an off day after a hard workout. GOOD LUCK!!!

  • Sara October 14, 2009, 12:39 pm

    I’ve been a runner for 16 years now and have always done heavy training (and was always tired and in pain). Recently had a baby so this time around I’m following the Jeff Galloway run/walk method and only run 3 times per week as per his training schedule. I feel better than I have ever trained before running 4-5 times per week!! I may not be the fastest on race day but I’ll feel good and get it done. Maybe you need to adjust your training…it’s best to get to race day healthy and not overtrained! Talk with your local running club for advice…Good luck! Enjoy your blog!

  • Lara October 14, 2009, 12:39 pm

    LOL on being “old”, aren’t you like 20-something??? Try being 40! Anways, I do much better when I cross-train and do less intense workouts for the majority of my workouts. I used to “train” hard even though I wasn’t training for anything, just worked out like I was. I was always feeling run down, weight actually went up, etc before I realized I was over-training. Now I focusless on hard cardio workouts and more on weight lifting and moderate instensity cardio plus lots of walking.

    • caitlin October 14, 2009, 12:43 pm

      haha well, i guess you could say that i dont feel like a spring chicken anymore. πŸ™‚

      • Lara October 14, 2009, 12:55 pm

        well you do have a lot going on! πŸ™‚

  • michelle October 14, 2009, 12:41 pm

    I’m doing 3-4 QUALITY runs over 5-6 QUANTITY runs for marathon training. It’s making me feel more focused and have less “bad” runs.

  • Shelly October 14, 2009, 12:41 pm

    I hate running two days in a row (although I will do it for short 2 or 3 mile runs sometimes), but I generally make a point not to. I am training for my 1st half marathon right now and I’ve actually decreased my weekly workouts from 6 to 4 or 5. I’ve also been fairly bad about not increasing my short run mileage. I just run 4 miles twice a week (I should increase to 5, but I just don’t have time in terms of daylight- I run in New Orleans and just don’t feel safe in the dark), do some cross training (weights, yoga, pilates, or the elliptical if I feel lazy) on the other days, and then a long run on the weekend. I really think working out a bit less gives me more energy for my long runs, which are going pretty well.
    I think the heat plays a big part. My 8 mile long run was the worst run ever thanks to a sunny day in the high 80’s, but my 9 mile run when it was drizzling and 78 was incredibly awesome. I finished it in 84:16 and was absolutely on top of the world. Of course it’s storming and hot this week, so we’ll see how my 10 mile long run goes this weekend….

  • Amanda (modernation) October 14, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I usually do anywhere from 4-6 days a week depending on my schedule and how I am feeling. I think adding a 5th day for cross training would totally be worth it. Nothing intense, but doing some cycling or light spinning and yoga I think will actually benefit you more than wear you down. I find that works better for me than just running.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 14, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I always aim for 5-6 days. As far as marathon training goes, when I trained for my last marathon I never ran more than 4 days per week, and I feel I ran a successful marathon.
    Running is hard on the body… be sure to take it easy πŸ™‚

  • Meg C. October 14, 2009, 12:48 pm

    I work out 6-7 times per week, but that incorporates yoga, strength training, and other cardio besides running. I only run 3-4 times per week. I’ve listened to my body and find that my knees and hips can’t handle repeated days of running. It’s still possible to train though, I just had a huge PR in a 10K while only running 3 times per week (one 6 miler, two 3 milers per week).

    I always thought I had to push through the pain, but listening to what your body is telling you is really important and it won’t hurt your training I don’t think.

    Dry heaving definitely sounds like your body telling you something!

  • Runeatrepeat October 14, 2009, 12:48 pm

    I’m running 4 days a week in training for the Marathon. I was scared at first that it wouldn’t be enough, but I feel a whole lot better than if I was running 5 (what I used to do).

    I know there are training programs out there for running 3 days a week. But that might leave you less than confident if you don’t truly believe it will work.

    If this is an on-going thing I suggest you alternate every other week – run 4 days a week for the first week then, 3 days a week on the next week and so on.

    • caitlin October 14, 2009, 12:52 pm

      thats a really excellent suggestion.

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 14, 2009, 12:50 pm

    I work out 5-6 days a week. 3-4 runs 2 days of only weight training and I “try” to get in a day of yoga…not always the case.

  • Nicci@NiftyEats October 14, 2009, 12:52 pm

    I’m trying to stick with 4-5 times a week. You always have nifty sammies, I’ll have to try this one. I have cucumber and was contemplating what to eat them with tomorrow at lunch.

  • Megan October 14, 2009, 12:52 pm

    EEEEK! Is the marathon really only 10 weeks away!?!

  • MelissaNibbles October 14, 2009, 12:52 pm

    I like to run on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and cross train on Tuesday and Thursday. My long runs are on Sundays and I only do 4 or 5 miles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is just what works for me. Sometimes I do less, I go by how I feel. Listen to your body πŸ™‚

  • Kate B October 14, 2009, 12:52 pm

    I like to run 4 days a week (and I generally do) and do at least 1 day of biking, along with some yoga/pilates. I used to run 6 days a week and I can’t even imagine doing that now, I am on my feet for most of my work day 5 days a week and that alone tires me out a lot! I used to push myself a lot in university and I recently realized that I wasn’t really doing myself any good….now I rest if I am tired!

  • Lori October 14, 2009, 12:53 pm

    I exercise 5-6 days a week (and I’m 41). However, I never do the same thing 2 days in a row. I think if dry heaving is involved, then you need to change that no matter what the paper plan says. πŸ™‚

    • caitlin October 14, 2009, 12:53 pm

      truth – which is why i didnt do the full 5. stupid dry heaving.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 14, 2009, 12:57 pm

    Oh I agree.. it’s hard to fit 5 or 6 heavy duty workouts in anyways during a busy week, not to mention having the energy to fuel them.

  • Chrissie October 14, 2009, 12:59 pm

    Not topic related but I found your running tips on another blog (
    I was reading “her” tips and wondering the whole time that I heard these things before.. Just curious.
    Anyways, your blog and the awesome work your doing 24/7 with operation beautiful really really helped me to get back on track running wise, to follow a healthy lifestyle and be positive about my body. You go girl!! <3
    Greetings from Germany πŸ™‚

  • Diana October 14, 2009, 1:01 pm

    I think you should do what’s best for you. Is it really necessary to train that hard? I have no idea because I’ve never ran a marathon, but if you’re exhausting yourself then that’s probably not very good.

    I go to the gym about 3 or 4 days a week. On the other days I try to stay active, I run errands, I work, etc.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 14, 2009, 1:02 pm

    I try to do 4 days a week. I have done more or less in the past but this # is where my body seems to be happiest. I think it really does depend on the person/type of work-out!

  • Heather @ Alis Grave Nil October 14, 2009, 1:03 pm

    I’m still kind of a noob when it comes to running (just ran my first half) but I can only manage four days of running, one day of walking. Any more than that and I feel like I don’t have time to fit in everything else in my life and my legs just hurt. I say keep up the good work.

  • tami October 14, 2009, 1:09 pm

    i am going to be running my first marathon on Sunday and i am some what injured. I had been following the FIRST training plan (3 days of running speed, tempo and then a long run with cross training 2 other days.) i am not sure what happened. training for marathon puts a huge amount of stress on your body. i hope to run another one injury free

    i would try and cross train one day if you can, non impact like biking or spinning, rowing was great for me, it’s such a great workout if you push yourself.

  • Ashley October 14, 2009, 1:11 pm

    I’ve trained for and successfully completed two marathons. Both I wasn’t running more than 3 days a week, however, I was working out 6 days a week and doing cross-training. In my opinion, getting the weekly mileage in isn’t as important as building your endurance. The most important parts to marathon training is building endurance/cardio threshold and the long run. If you stick to 3 runs a week and add in a XT day of spin I think you would still do great. Perhaps do what the other person suggested and alternate this every other week.

    Also, mentally I think it’s imporant to not make yourself just “suck it up” with marathon training. If you’re not happy you need to modify your plan. It’s important for your mental recovery. Otherwise you will finish the marathon and while elated, physically you will just bonk and be done with running for awhile cuz you are sick of it. Make marathon training a positive experience for you (as positive as double digit long runs can be anyway) and modify your plan to what will do that.

    Just my two cents πŸ™‚

  • Ashley October 14, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Oh and I work out 6 days a week, typically 2 runs 60-75 mins, 1 long run (how long depends on if i’m training), 3 days xt (intervals, ellip. power yoga, etc).

  • Karen Whitlock October 14, 2009, 1:15 pm

    I think you could get away with 2-3 days running mid week and a long run on the weekend for your marathon. The most important part of the training plan is building the endurance for the long run. The rest of it helps but you don’t want to make this a miserable experience. During my training for my last marathon I did maybe 2 or 3 days of 4-5 mile runs, spinning/swimming/strength when I had time and stuck religiously to the long runs on the weekend to make sure I had endurance. You can do it! Don’t burn yourself out early on in the process.

  • Stacey October 14, 2009, 1:18 pm

    I like to workout at least 4 days a week, but I try to make it fun. But there is no way I could run back to back days! That’s just craziness!! It would really take the love and fun out of running for me! I’m excited FOR your trip, haha πŸ™‚

  • Allison (Balance in Bites) October 14, 2009, 1:18 pm

    I aim for 5-6 days a week running, but it usually ends up being 4-5 instead. I try not to take too many days off in a row, though.

  • Brooke October 14, 2009, 1:19 pm

    Hey! As someone who is approaching the big 3-0, I’m finding myself needing a break from my intense workouts. I am a big spin fan and used to do it 2 days in a row with no problems. Now, I do it once a week and it kills me. I think your stale legs are a combo of alot: the heat, the job, school, etc.

    I used to work out 5-6 times a week, I’m lucky now if I get 4 in (my bod can’t recover the way it did in college/law school). I think as we get older, we need more recovery time from harder workouts. So, give yourself a break! You can get through this marathon! I believe in you!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 14, 2009, 1:29 pm

    Ouch that run does NOT sound like fun πŸ™ Is it still super hot in FL? That would probably wear you out even more. I work out about 6 days a week with three of them being running days.

  • girlrunningaround October 14, 2009, 1:35 pm

    I can only run 3 days a week with 1-2 days of cross training. I guess I’m getting old too! πŸ˜‰

  • Matt October 14, 2009, 1:35 pm

    I usually run 7 days a week and sometimes I feel like it isn’t enough πŸ˜‰

    I guess I am addicted!

  • angieinatlanta October 14, 2009, 1:41 pm

    Definitely agree! I used to HATE running but now that I alternate elliptical or bike with running, I’m starting to like it. Two days in a row is too much for my joints and physical and mental stamina!

  • Neely October 14, 2009, 1:41 pm

    Hi Caitlin.

    I used to work out every day! Now I look back and it seemed to really interfere with my life and I didn’t know it. I still aim for five days a week but if it doesn’t happen, that’s okay. And I stopped running because, well, I hate it. Yay for spinning!! To me, it is so much more fun than running. Also I like the communal aspect of classes.

  • julia October 14, 2009, 1:43 pm

    I rarely run two days in a row. I’m training for the Disney Half by running three days a week and doing cardio or strength two days a week. It’s what works for me…now you need to listen to your body and figure out what works for you!

  • brandi October 14, 2009, 1:47 pm

    I run either 3 or 4 days a week, per my training schedule, which mainly depends on how I’m feeling and the weather. One running day is an option between running/cross training, so I never feel like I have to go.

    I definitely feel better if I have at least a day inbetween runs

  • Help Meghan Run October 14, 2009, 1:49 pm

    I’m running a half marathon this weekend (my first race longer than a 5K!) and I trained with three runs a week, along with cross-training. I feel awesome, and no injuries or pains to speak of. πŸ™‚

  • chandra October 14, 2009, 1:59 pm

    I can 100% relate to what you’re feeling. Towards the middle of my marathon training I actually got a little discouraged/nervous because my shorter, “easier” runs were often anything but.

    I had quite a few times where I did lower mileage than the plan said because my body was just still worn out. Especially as the long runs got into higher mileage – I found my body takes awhile to recover from those long, long distances. I tried keeping 1 strength session a week into my routine (I ran M/W/Th with the long run saturday usually), but I skimped on that a lot too because of either a lack of energy or how quickly it would make me sore. And cross-training definitely hit a back burner.

    In my experience, it didn’t get any easier as the miles got higher. Actually, these past 2 weeks of tapering have been my best, quickest “short” runs in at least a month, if not more and I know it is because my legs and body are better recovered and rested.

    So my opinion, if you’re feeling a bit worn down or not fully recovered, don’t be afraid to lower the planned mileage a tad. Or maybe change a speed workout to a regular “easy” run or change a run to a cross training day. I know a lot of people can handle the high mileage just fine, but my body is stubborn and wants longer recovery. πŸ™‚

  • Lizzy October 14, 2009, 2:00 pm

    i love the combo of cream cheese and cucumbers, but i think cream cheese goes with anything. have you ever tried cream cheese and jam or jelly? its awesome!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) October 14, 2009, 2:04 pm

    First off, your eats have been killa today! Love it!

    Ans I wish I could help with the running thing, but I suggest doing what works best for you. Training schedules freak me out anyway! I don’t run, but I workout (elliptical+weights) 3 times a week and walk all over campus all the time. Throw in going out and dancing at least once a week…haha!

  • CEW October 14, 2009, 2:11 pm

    I have done a training plan that was 5-6 days a week. I ran a decent half marathon. About 5-6 weeks later I ran another half marathon. During those 5-6 weeks I ran only 4 times a week – but I really threw in some quality runs and speedwork. The other days were complete rest days (no crosstraining). Somehow, with that plan I dropped 12 minutes off of my half marathon PR. I am not sure what route I am going to take next time- but something is telling me quality over quantity.
    For my marathon- I did 4 days running and 1 cross training day a week most weeks. Occasionally I threw in the 5th day of running as well.
    Good luck!

  • Lauren October 14, 2009, 2:12 pm

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I try to run every other day because otherwise I have bad runs too. You are running a lot and it is so hot in Florida-I’m sure that adds to it. Your legs need a break.

  • Jenna October 14, 2009, 2:13 pm

    i think you should stick to your schedule you are on now! your body needs rest, you can’t push it to much!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 14, 2009, 2:28 pm

    I definitely agree that running every other day is more doable. Right now I exercise 4-5 days a week, taking the weekends off most of the time, and sometimes having a “rest” day in the middle of the week if I’m feeling tired or sore. Good luck!

  • Katie B. October 14, 2009, 2:35 pm

    I’m in the midst of marathon training myself and I have the same good run bad run situation going on. I also struggle when I have to run back to back days…especially now that I’m in the last month of training and I’m running more then I ever have in my life! πŸ™‚ My legs are just tired! I keep telling that myself that the bad days are making me stronger and it will be worth it when I am running the marathon. Good luck!

  • Andee (Runtolive) October 14, 2009, 2:39 pm

    I wouldn’t push yourself too hard on the running front. I know marathon training is stressful and you feel pressured to run X number of miles each week, but it’s not worth it in the end when you just burn out. I aimed for 40+miles last year and ended up burning myself out so much that I took the summer of from running seriously and picked up a bunch of x-training to do instead. I just completed my third marathon this past Sunday with a time of 3:47, and that’s with no formal training plan, a lot of x-training, strength training, yoga etc. I don’t believe you need to run so many miles and drive yourself into the ground. Running should be fun and enjoyable. If you don’t want to run, spin or bike instead. As long as you are keeping up your physical fitness level, you should be fine with reduced mileage.

  • Gabriela October 14, 2009, 2:43 pm

    I always do some type of exercise 7 days a week, but they’re only intense ones 3 or 4. As seems to be the general consensus, take it easy! Personally I think if you’re alternating good and bad runs that cross training wouldn’t be a bad idea. I have a really bad old knee injury, so when I’m preparing for a race I can only do 3 runs a week tops, but I’ve found that swimming, spinning and the elliptical are all awesome for building endurance if you do them at a high intensity. Good luck with everything! xo

  • Amanda October 14, 2009, 2:49 pm

    Ever since I got shin splints training for a half marathon and then stress fractured my foot trying to train for another, I have made a rule for myself that I will NOT run 2 days in a row. I very infrequently have “bad” runs anymore. I tend to do something about 5 days a week. Usually it’s 2 days of yoga/elliptical/strength training. I bet you could cut out that extra 3 miler and tack a mile onto your MWF runs.

  • Kate October 14, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I work out 7 days a week, and usually get 10-12 hours of exercise in over 8-10 workouts. I have built up VERY slowly by doing low HR work, and sticking religiously to my training plan. When I tried to train too hard and too much, I burnt out.

    I think you should stick with running, but SLOW DOWN! If your good runs were a little slower, the bad runs wouldn’t happen.

  • alli October 14, 2009, 3:09 pm

    excellent sammy! i love your different creations! im hooked on the hummus/sprout sammy, but just the other night i made a new one with the following:
    mashed black beans
    mozzarella cheese
    it makes a delicious grilled cheese! i’m not sure if i made it up or remembered it from your blog πŸ˜‰
    it’s been fun eating less meat and still being able to get enough protein!

    in regards to your question, i work out 6 days a week and rest on sundays.
    i run M-W-F and Saturday morns. then do the 100 pushup challenge routine after that (except sat).
    t-th i do and hour of strength training and 15 minutes of abs.
    i try to walk the doggie 3 days a week (poor thing should prob get out everyday)

    anyways, i wish i knew what to tell you to do but i’ve never trained for a full marathon! maybe someday! πŸ™‚

  • LadyLara October 14, 2009, 3:12 pm

    I aim for 7 days a week which inevitably turns out to be 5. Life just gets in the way! For me, doing yoga post-run or post-bike is critical. If I do even 20 min of yoga after a hard run, my legs feel GREAT the next day. It’s like magic!

  • Lisa October 14, 2009, 3:16 pm

    I ran a marathon at the end of April – I only ran 3x/week (2 x 8-10km; 1 x long run – when I got to 20km on the long runs, my distances looked like: 20, 22, 20, 24, 20, 26, 20, etc. to 38km two weeks before the race.

    I strength trained 2x/week and rested the remaining two days.

    Not only did I finish within my goal, I felt amazing and the next day I was ready to run the distance again!

    I also only did speed work on one of the shorter runs.

    Why not just swap one of your shorter runs with a bike ride? (I wouldn’t suggest spinning because it’s too intense)

    And I would keep in mind that the goal for a first marathon is to finish! Don’t get stuck on the times. You want to be able to doing this for the next 20 years, not just the next two months so take care of yourself!

  • Lu October 14, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Sorry to hear about your run. It doesn’t sound like you started your day off well. However, your lunch looked good enough to overcome anything.

  • Anne P October 14, 2009, 3:17 pm

    I aim for 6 days a week. I do one day of pilates, one day of yoga, 2 days running (even when I was training for the Army Ten Miler I did max 3 days running… it’s just too much otherwise), and 2 days strength/cross training (elliptical, walking, bike, whatever) πŸ™‚ It works for me!

  • Eliza October 14, 2009, 3:18 pm

    Hi! So OMG. Best. Story. Ever.

    The other day at work, I put a note in the bathroom that said “YOU are BEAUTIFUL!” The next week later, I used the bathroom and was standing at the sink washing my hands. An older lady told me how she had been in the bathroom the day before and had seen a young girl with down syndrome reading the note. The girl kept repeated the note and smiling. She then looked the older lady who she didnt know “I AM beautiful!” πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin October 14, 2009, 3:22 pm

      that is awesome and the story is definitely going on the site tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • Bernadette October 14, 2009, 3:20 pm

    I have the same problem with my running, I alternate between ‘good runs’ and ‘bad runs’… I find it very frustrating because I finish a good run and so look forward to my next one and when that goes bad then I feel defeated. I just received my new GARMIN today and have him charging now so that I can run with him for the first time tonight!! I can’t wait to see how this changes my running!!

    • Caitlin October 14, 2009, 3:22 pm

      oh man prepared to be addicted to your garmin. what are you going to name it?

      • Bernadette October 14, 2009, 4:11 pm

        It’s funny you should ask because I’ve been wanting this darn thing since last year but just felt so guilty indulging… but when I came home from Vacation with some left over spending money that is where it went!! The day I ordered it, I sent my son and daughter a text saying “you’re getting a new BROTHER, I think I’ll call him Garmin!” they both knew what I meant and were SO EXCITED for me!! So, I guess I’m naming him Garmin… not original but I guess if I adopted a child I wouldn’t change their name so he’ll just get to keep the one he came with…

  • Jolene ( October 14, 2009, 3:25 pm

    I go on spurts where I work out 5 – 6 days a week for a few months, then go weeks without exercising. It is not good at all, and I need to get to be more consistent.

  • Joanne October 14, 2009, 3:27 pm

    I went to a running seminar a few weeks ago and they discussed training for half and full marathons. One suggestion (not that you haven’t heard it) was to break your runs into 2 x per day, e.g. 3 in the AM and 3 in the PM. You still have to get in your long run done all at once at some point. Also, they suggest that you mix up your runs with pace runs, sprints, easy runs, etc. When you do the sprints, make sure your recovery is so complete that you are completely fresh to do the next sprint. If that means walking, walk.

    Everyone is different and for some people they benefit more from 4 days of running rather than 6 or 7. Recovery is an important part of the training process.

    In saying all that, I’m fortunate in that for the most part, I have endless energy and run 5 – 6 days a week. I don’t run fast (my German Shepherd running partner won’t allow it πŸ™‚ ). Sometimes that “running” is a mix of jogging/sprinting/walking. My miles are between 3.25 and 7.5 but then… I’m not training for a marathon.

    Love to read about your training though. It inspires.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2009, 3:29 pm

      i am so jealous of your g.shep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nicole (dishin') October 14, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I hope the training gets easier for you. I’m sure it will. I work out 4 days a week normally, I could do more but I normally don’t feel like it. Haha!

  • Danielle October 14, 2009, 4:03 pm

    I have “good runs” and “bad runs” as well. I always try to remind my self that not all runs are “good runs,” but they all count πŸ™‚

    I work out 7 days a week, run half-marathons, and generally fun 4-5 of them (as many as it takes to hit my weekly mileage). I’ve found that splitting some of my longer mid-week runs (7-9 miles) into two runs (one before work, one after) helps with the boredom and with my schedule. Doing a variety of hills, speed, and regular runs is nice as well (especially if you have to be on the treadmill). I keep the long runs on Saturdays when I have more time to get a couple of solid hours at once!

    Taking a couple of spinning classes during the week is a nice break in between runs πŸ™‚

  • Ellen October 14, 2009, 4:11 pm

    Those sammies are so cute! My boyfriend is from London, so I’ve been a few times. I usually don’t have the BEST meals out when I’m there (at least not the English food), but I do love tea and crumpets for breakfast–you have to try it!! FYI, if you happen to like Indian food, it is really good in England, too!

  • muffy October 14, 2009, 4:23 pm

    mmm that cucumber and cream cheese sammy look so good!!!
    i try and run as often as possible… i dont mind running on sore legs but man it sucks when im too sore to run and then i do NOT run.

  • Susan October 14, 2009, 4:51 pm

    I work out 5 days a week. Or more like a rest day every 3 days (that’s just when I naturally feel like I need one!) One of those rest days is “active” and I go to the yoga class at my gym. But it’s a very non-intense class with a mix of pilates and tai chi.

    I NEVER do the same activity two days in a row though – especially running! I’m like you, my body just doesn’t like it. I actually made my most running gains this past summer when I was road cycling twice a week, running twice a week, and doing a little weight lifting. I couldn’t believe how much biking strengthened my legs and running stamina! I think there’s a lot of improvement to be made in cross-training.

  • Caroline October 14, 2009, 4:56 pm

    I definitely hear ya on the “fresh legs” thing. I always take the day off before a race even when I was running almost every day. When I trained for my first marathon last year I was running 4-5 times a week and noticed that some days I felt awesome and other days were like the experience you just wrote about. Sadly I have no words of wisdom, I would say just power through and chalk it up to some days are just better running days then others. Love your cucumber and cream cheese sandwich by the way πŸ™‚ And thanks for commenting on my blog.

  • Emily October 14, 2009, 5:16 pm

    Caitlin. I definitely hear ya. If I was just running 2 or 3 miles a day I would be fine running every day. But I like to stick to distances of about 4-8 miles so I do 3 days running/3 days XT. Cross Trainig helps a ton and yet I seem to get faster even with more intense training on the days of running. I don’t really ever have easy runs. I just have less days. 3 days a week works for me. Tempo/Speedwork/Long or another hard one on Saturday.
    I’m likin’ this schedule I’m gonna stick to it. If I ever do a marathon I might formulate a 3 day a week schedule. I did a 25k and now I’m burned out on distances over 10 miles. I think started too quick.

  • Julia October 14, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Hey I totally agree with not wanting to run back to back! So I chose a 3runs/week schedule to train for my 1st marathon. I’m two months out till my marathon, and it’s working out great! I do once shorter but speedy run, one mid-distance slower run, and one long run. I swim and lift weights on the other 3 days. The weights help me run stronger, and the swimming… oh the swimming! It is a god-send for me. It REALLY loosens up the leg muscles after a long run. Oh, I also throw in some yoga too, for good measure. So far, this schedule allows me enough time to recover from my runs and slowly build up endurance and power. I definitely don’t think you need to suck it up and run on stale legs for the next 10 weeks. I’m convinced it can be done on three runs a week! (PS my boyfriend is only running once or twice a week for this marathon, and he’s doing fine, too!) πŸ™‚

  • maria October 14, 2009, 5:55 pm

    I do everything I can to avoid back to back runs. I need my legs limber and ready to go!

  • Liza October 14, 2009, 6:23 pm

    I am training for a marathon too, my plan calls for running 5 days a week with one cross train day and one rest day. I was following this plan unitl this week when I hit a WALL, I had to take one day off (it was yesterday) but even that was not enough I had 8 miles today and it was KILLER to the max!!!!!! I am learning from experience and asking others that marathon training plans are 2- deminsional and we only see 1: the traning side. There is also the rest and recovery side that is just as important. SO listen to the body.

  • on the rocks October 14, 2009, 6:48 pm

    my goal is always 6 days a week. but it’s pretty common for me to only get 4-5. I usually run 3 days a week and do some jillian michaels videos on the other 2 days.

  • Niki October 14, 2009, 6:49 pm

    Right now I am running 5 days a week and strength training 2 days a week in preperation for a 1/2 marathon. I feel like I get more out of my training with more running days but it’s all really in what works best for you!! When I worked 12 hour shifts last year, I could only get in 4 running days and that was fine also. I just prefer more running days at this point in time! Guess I’m a little addicted:)

  • Meghan@traveleatlove October 14, 2009, 7:03 pm

    I work out 3-4 times a week, running 3 times a week max. I am also active, walking 6 miles round trip for my commute, on non workout days. I find that even this can be too tiring some weeks and messes up my legs for running. Rest is good!

  • Allison October 14, 2009, 7:30 pm

    I only run 3 or 4 times a week, but I work out about 6 times a week. I would love to run 5 or 6 times a week, but I know I’d get injured. When I was on a swim team, I swam 9 times a week (we did double practices 3 days). I love working out a lot, but I try not to do something super intense multiple days in a row.

    Do you think the dry heaving had anything to do with your breakfast? I know you never run on an empty stomach but maybe the pancakes were too much?

  • sirenjess October 14, 2009, 10:25 pm

    When I trained for the San Francisco marathon I was running 5-6 days a week and doing other workouts as well. I was running 6 miles and then cycling for an hour. I was crazy but I really wanted to qualify for Boston. I did qualify but it cost me my feet. Right now I’m having to take it easy. To be honest with you you really need 3-4 days of running. You need to do your long run no matter what. The other runs can be skipped but not the long run. Core training is also key because the last six miles are tough and you can start to slouch and that will slow you down. Don’t give up just do what you can and know that you are doing it for a great cause.

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