28 Jun '17, 12am

I ditched the marathon for the 5K--and loved it. Here's why

I ditched the marathon for the 5K--and loved it. Here's why

My Weekly Mileage Remained the Same I wish I could be a higher mileage runner (that is, 40 to 50 miles per week during marathon training). But after an overuse injury during my first marathon training cycle sidelined me for months, I stopped running more than four days a week, swapping a fifth or sixth run for rest and cross-training days. Before all of my marathons, I logged about 35 to 40 miles per week, only exceeding 50 weekly miles once. I thought my mileage would drop during 5K training, but it didn’t. I maintained 35 to 40 miles per week, but I spread it over five days instead of four, and my runs ranged from three to 12 miles instead of eight to 20. Each week included a track workout, a tempo workout, an easy-paced long run, and two short recovery runs. I really enjoyed the easy mileage—it helped me maintain a solid base for my speedwork and tempo runs. I Didn’t Ge...

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