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Mileage Monday

Well, I hit 76 miles this week. I’m not really sure how my mileage is creeping up, as it doesn’t feel like I’m running a whole lot more than usual. I think it just sort-of happens, day-by-day and then all of a sudden I get to the weekend and I’m like, whoa. Mileage. My body doesn’t feel any worse for the wear as I’m not doing any speed work at all. I think if I were doing mile repeats and tempo runs then my body would hurt but I’m not, so it doesn’t. Here’s how my running week went down:

Monday– My friend Kristen answered my cries for help and offered to watch Callum for me while I had Suzy time. Bless her heart. She and her family live in Langley so I drove out there, hung out for a while and then ran the trail in my old stomping ground of Fort Langley. It was super special for me to go back there and run those trails along the river again!

Tuesday– The weather was AWFUL. I drove to Lora’s and I could barely see while I was driving on the freeway for all the freezing rain! This run was ugly, but needed. It was so great to run with Lora again, and as usual, we talked non-stop.

Wednesday– I got in a solid and hilly 10 miler outside in the rain with an average of 7:30 min/miles, with one mile at 6:58 and a couple other ones at 7:15. I was happy about that.

Thursday– Katie left today for a short trip with her auntie and cousins, so she watched Callum for me this morning while I got a slow 10 mile run in.

Friday– Okay, whoops! I ran 9 miles this morning super early, because I couldn’t sleep and then Lora texted me this afternoon asking me if I can meet her for 7 miles. At first I said no but then Andrew told me he’s coming home early from work and that I can go! So I did! And even though I have logged SO MANY MILES this week, my body feels fine because I haven’t done any speed work.

Saturday– An early morning 8 mile run after I dropped Jake off at work. I felt a bit light-headed and dizzy on this one for some reason even though I had a coffee, a cookie and a bowl of cereal before I left.

Sunday– Another early morning run after I dropped Jake off at work but it felt REALLY early because of Daylight Savings time. I got 6 miles done and today’s run felt much better than yesterday’s.

Have you ever felt light-headed during exercise even though you fueled properly? What helps?

What breaks down your body more: higher slow mileage (long runs), or speed work?




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  • Helly March 12, 2017, 10:07 am

    I’m always dehydrated, I think, lol! I feel like in Az you can never drink enough water so yes, I do often feel light headed.

    Hmm, I would say both. Speed work tires me because well, I’m going fast, lol!! But they slow long ones tire me too, mentally and physically.

    Great week and the countdown has begun for when you hoppity hop your way over here ♡

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 12, 2017, 4:45 pm

      Oh yeah, true! You guys must drink a LOT of water. At least it’s not humid! And we are SO looking forward to getting our white asses down there. We booked the hotel today. YIPPEE!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe March 12, 2017, 12:26 pm

    I don’t understand your body.
    I want it in all the ways.
    Speedwork kills me. I want mid to long runs all the time.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 12, 2017, 4:45 pm

      You can have it dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile March 12, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Im not sure if speed or high mileage is worse for me… My body doesn’t even like low mileage and no speed work, so who knows!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 12, 2017, 4:44 pm


  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 12, 2017, 12:38 pm

    Your mileage is so impressive! Running that far would definitely break down my body.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 12, 2017, 4:44 pm

      Thanks! I can’t keep it up like this though. And I definitely need to keep up with my strength work.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 12, 2017, 4:04 pm

    Did you get to run these outside? I hope so. I know the weather hasn’t been that great but I know you have been cooped up inside.

    The last time I felt light headed was about two weeks ago when I lifted at the gym. It was soooo hot and I had my period. It had nothing to do with fueling, but I was shaky. I did not like it.

    Normally if I run on an empty/hungry stomach I don’t get light headed I just have that horrible pain in my belly!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 12, 2017, 4:43 pm

      Megan! You’re right–I got to run all of them outside! The weather has been SO grey and dreary, but anything is better than snow!

      Maybe the lightheadedness is a hormonal thing for me too.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick March 13, 2017, 3:35 am

    Holy moly! 76 miles? Damn!!! That is more like my bike total 🙂 I guess you have to take it when you have it, right? Good for you!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 13, 2017, 7:54 am

      Yes, that’s exactly what I do! Take it when I have it. I’m sure this week’s mileage will be much lower. The kids are all on Spring Break now for two weeks. *nervous laughter*

  • Ana March 13, 2017, 10:31 am

    76 is amazing! You are amazing!

    The one time that I can clearly remember, is this time I went to Yoga without eating, thinking “it’s yoga, how hard can it be?”. I almost passed out after class! I was dizzy, puky and could barely stand. Eating fixed me up. Some days I eat two cheese sticks and crackers and that holds me for a little bit.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 13, 2017, 4:18 pm

      Cheese sticks would be good to balance out the body chems. Protein is good for that.

  • Jamie@TheMomGene March 13, 2017, 5:59 pm

    76 miles!!! I think I just had heart palpitations. You are amazing. I’m good if I run 3 miles 4-5 days a week. I love you so much for your wit and your heart but we could never be running buddies ?

    • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 14, 2017, 8:02 am

      Right. I love Suzy and reading about all these miles makes me tired. I think I’ll go eat a cookie now. 🙂

      • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 2:17 pm

        Ya ya ya ya. You guys are so sensible and smart. One of these days I will turn into less of a spaz.

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