More than every other day?

Well, I think it is time that I start adding a little more mileage. I have tried to add mileage here and there by adding miles to my two 5:00 AM weekday runs, and then adding to my long run when possible, but I am up to 5 and 6 miles on the two morning runs and really don't have much more time. The other issue is that if I take them any longer, they will turn into long runs themselves.

I have read many conflicting things about running every day. Many people tell you that you should not run more than every other day. Because of this I have always had a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (long run) type schedule. Whenever I would try to add more days, I didn't have many options so I would try to run a short run on Wednesday. When I did that I was always hurting by the time I was done on Thursday because I would end up going 3 days in a row, instead of just 2. I am a creature of habit so I didn't want to change up my schedule. On the other hand, there are many people out there that run every day, or nearly every day. When we go to the local races, sometimes the people that are running run every one of these races, even if they are back to back.

I was asking on a forum about getting more mileage, and what they suggested was a schedule closer to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, with my long run being on Saturday. I felt kinda stupid that I never thought of that, but starting next week that is what I am going to be doing. I am going to start with something like this and move up from there:

Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: Weight training
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: Weight training
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: Rest

I am going to leave it that way for the one week, and then the next week will probably only change up the long run and go 14 miles again. I will probably flop back to this exactly the next week or maybe do 8 miles on the long run Saturday. That will get me very close to my Half Marathon Race Day.

Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions. As always, thanks for stopping by and reading.

"The Slow Approach Is Better Than The No Approach"