I officially started marathon training this week. (Don't ask me for what race, I still don't know. Probably Columbus, KC, Des Moines or Quad Cities, but I haven't committed.) And due to the lack of car, I'm back to doing what I did all the time back in 2013, when I was in maybe the shape of my life? Certainly at least in half and marathon PR shape. Back in 2013, I was running fairly high mileage while training for Berlin.
My schedule looked roughly like this every week:
Mon: Boot camp, sometimes run home from boot camp (2.75 miles).
Tues: Run 6-9 with running friends, then run 3.75 to work (slowly), work all day, run 3.75 home.
Wed: Boot camp, sometimes run home from boot camp (2.75 miles), run 3.75 to work, work, run 3.75 home.
Thurs: Run 6-9 with running friends, then run 3.75 to work (slowly) (and then work, and get picked up by my husband).
Fri: Boot camp or 10k hill loop with running buddy.
Sat: Rest (or occasionally race).
Sun: Long run (14-22, depending on the week).
That was a lot of miles (for me) most weeks, but a lot of them were junk miles, basically all of my commuting miles, which were usually very slow (recovery pace or slower), sometimes doing run/walk with a co-worker. And that led me to my marathon PR.
And then I gained some weight, got lazy, and stopped doing 2.5 days of running commutes per week. I've been pretty faithful about doing a running commute about one day per week since then unless it was a travel week, or the weather was bad, or I was tired...
Then April happened. We had houseguests for over a month and we spent most nights at the hospital with my cousin and his son (who is now fine, they flew home about a week ago). That meant 0 running commutes for me (and about 5 more pounds, since lots of nights we'd pick up restaurant food to take to the hospital).
Last week when I sold my car, I was forced back into the regular running commute routine. I really should try to stick with it, even if/when I get my new car (hopefully this week!).
Today is on track to be over 13 miles, which hasn't happened in months or longer. Woot!