Running Log, Week 5

Mileage for week: 21

Number of run days: 4

Long run for week: 7

Aches, pains, complaints: This was supposed to be a 22-mile, 5-run day week, but the grading and the condo and the travel and the family interfered, so I took two miles from the 3-mile day I missed and tacked them onto a 4-mile day, running six instead. Whatever; it worked. I’m feeling pretty good, overall — this was my first 20-plus mile week since 1997. No aches or pains, just stress; I look forward to running this week without obsessing about grading every step of the way. (Of course, now I’m obsessing about tile instead, i.e., did the floor people install the wrong tile in my bathrooms and entry way, and can I figure it out, much less do anything about it, when I won’t be in Claremont for three weeks?) This week is going to be the first real running challenge of training, mostly in terms of getting away from the family long enough to run — but in case it helps anybody out there: a marathon-training schedule is, I’ve decided, an indispensable accessory to familial relations. “I need an hour away from you; please leave me alone” never goes over quite as well as “today’s a five-mile day; I’ll be back in an hour or so.”


  1. KF, are you following any sort of program with your running? Do you just make up your schedule, and if so, what kind of logic do you follow to do so?

  2. Hey, GHW. Yes, in fact, I am following a program, though it’s one I’ve tinkered with a bit. I’m constitutionally incapable of following any recipe, but must combine at least two related recipes, plus a little personal taste, in order to come up with what I think I really want. I’d meant to comment on your how-to-start-a-running-program post, but it was mid-grading insanity time, and I think I just plain forgot. In any event: I’d start with the good folks at Runner’s World; there are lots of potential training schedules for every level of runner, seeking every level of training. The schedule I cobbled together for myself — starting with RW’s “beginners” marathon schedule (though I’ve run one before, it’s been so long ago, and I got so out of shape since then, that I’m effectively a beginner) and then made to accommodate irregularities in my schedule and the number of weeks I had available to train — is available here. Let me know what you work out, so to speak, and happy running!

  3. Oh, yes — I’ve definitely hit the point where the running is absolutely integral to my sanity — without it, I’m not sure I’d have survived a double-administrative-duty semester. I hope you feel better enough to get running soon, and that the running takes you the rest of the way back to being well!

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