Monday determines my week. If I start it out on a high note with running, my weekly mileage usually follows suit. If I skip my run that day or have a rocky start, I find it hard to get in a groove. After my basically-no-sleep-weekend in NYC with Women’s Running Magazine, I started out last Monday feeling exhausted. I was determined to hit 70 miles this week so I resisted the urge to sleep and got up.

Tuesday I turned off my alarm when it went off at o-dark thirty and reasoned with myself that I wouldn’t regret the lack of a run later because I needed the sleep. I was wrong. I regretted it from the moment I woke up. I was determined to keep my week headed in the right running direction so I waited till the afternoon when it was just Colton and I, and headed out for a 10 mile run. The first half seemed impossible but I found my stride on the back half.

It always sounds cheesy to say but I really do find MY strong on runs like that. They lift me up and make me think that my BIG running DREAMS aren’t really dreams. They are realistic goals that I can achieve.

Here is how my week shook out mileage wise:

Monday: Solo AM Run

  • Mile 1: 9:02
  • Mile 2: 8:18
  • Mile 3: 8:05
  • Mile 4: 7:31
  • Mile 5: 7:13
  • Mile 6: 7:21
  • Mile 7: 7:08

Tuesday: Single Stroller Run

  • Mile 1: 9:05
  • Mile 2: 8:48
  • Mile 3: 9:02
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 7:50
  • Mile 6: 8:38
  • Mile 7: 8:16
  • Mile 8: 7:27
  • Mile 9: 7:10
  • Mile 10:  6:33

Wednesday: 6 Miles AM Solo Run – 4 Miles PM Single Stroller Run

  • Mile 1: 8:45
  • Mile 2: 8:31
  • Mile 3: 8:38
  • Mile 4: 8:18
  • Mile 5: 8:02
  • Mile 6: 7:39


  • Mile 1: 9:33
  • Mile 2: 9:11
  • Mile 3: 8:15
  • Mile 4: 8:12

Thursday AM: AM run with my speedy friend [8 miles] then 2 solo miles after

  • Mile 1: 8:00
  • Mile 2: 7:45
  • Mile 3: 7:42
  • Mile 4: 7:27
  • Mile 5: 7:31
  • Mile 6: 7:36
  • Mile 7: 7:41
  • Mile 8: 7:32
  • Mile 9: 7:25
  • Mile 10: 7:22

Friday AM: 10 AM miles with my speedy friend, 1 solo mile outside, followed by 2 treadmill miles [8:00 avg]

  • Mile 1: 7:57
  • Mile 2: 7:32
  • Mile 3: 7:24
  • Mile 4: 7:30
  • Mile 5: 7:25
  • Mile 6: 7:22
  • Mile 7: 7:35
  • Mile 8: 7:29
  • Mile 9: 7:32
  • Mile 10: 7:41
  • Mile 11: 7:24
  • Mile 12: treadmill – 8:00 avg for 2 miles
  • Mil2 13: treadmill – 8:00 avg for 2 miles

Saturday I was supposed to run with someone new but then couldn’t because my husband went out of town. Very last minute my sister was able to come spend the night to to watch the kids in the am, so I met up with my speedy friend for a faster paced long run. I could tell in the first mile that something was VERY off with how I felt. The pace we were running felt like 9:30’s and I felt like a slug. It didn’t feel like the slug feeling from lots of miles – it felt like my body was OFF. I tried to power through the run with her but finally at mile 14 told her to go on ahead because I didn’t want to ruin her run. 6 painful miles later I figured out that I was dehydrated even though I had drank two full bottles of water on the run. My stomach was sloshing around and I felt sick. On the way home from her house I literally thought I was going to throw up in my car. NOT COOL. NOT FUN. I am not going to let this happen again.

  • Mile 1: 7:40
  • Mile 1: 7:31
  • Mile 3: 7:37
  • Mile 4: 7:18
  • Mile 5: 7:34
  • Mile 6: 7:19
  • Mile 7: 7:18
  • Mile 8: 7:25
  • Mile 9: 7:25
  • Mile 10: 7:44
  • Mile 11: 7:31
  • Mile 12: 7:33
  • Mile 13: 7:34
  • Mile 14: 7:26
  • Mile 15: 8:32
  • Mile 16: 8:47
  • Mile 17: 8:56
  • Mile 18: 8:55
  • Mile 19: 9:16
  • Mile 20: 8:33

I had planned to run an easy 10 on Sunday to make it 80 miles for the week, but I still felt very dehydrated and didn’t want to push it. 80 will have to wait for another week.

Other than still struggling to stay hydrated and drink enough water I’m feeling really confident about my running. I’m not training the way I want to be training – but with three kids, my husbands work schedule and my stupid Gilbert’s Syndrome induced fatigue – I’m pleased with what I accomplishing and am choosing to focus on the positive instead of thinking about what I am not doing [i.e. track workouts]. I’m getting REALLY excited for fall marathon season.

I’m also still struggling with wanting to eat everything in sight. I can’t seem to get a handle on my portions. It’s not normal to out eat my 200 lb husband on a regular basis. I am eating WAY more than I need to eat even with the added mileage. I think the water/food struggle go hand in hand. Many times I know I’m just thirsty but reach for a handful of almonds instead. It’s not so much the type of food that I am eating but the portions of them. Drinking more water will help me eat less but I just can’t get this SIMPLE thing under control.

Happy Monday friends! How did your week turn out?



  1. I’m glad you posted your mileage like that. I was just wondering exactly how people do get up to that many miles in a week and it was revealing for me to see your schedule. I know I could definitely get more miles in than I do and I think I might try for 50 on my next week with a 20-miler. I understand what you mean about he portion control thing, I deal with that too. It’s simple but still hard when you have that feeling! I would say try not to overthink it…making yourself stop for 10 minutes before you allow yourself to eat more can also help in slowing it down.

  2. First, SO excited that you completed your Women’s Running shoot. Can’t wait to see it!! You have got so much on your plate. I can’t imagine trying to juggle all that you have… even though there are some amazing things on that plate! Giving you a big hug from SoCal. Wish we had been able to go for a run when I was still there. xoxo

  3. What a great training week. Your paces are just inspiring. Although those days are behind me it is still great to see other hitting them and feel the desire to push my own limits.

  4. Dorothy you are a rock star! You do realize the miles you are running solo after you and your “speedy” friend part ways are faster than when you are running with her? Just an observation. You are speedy too, you know that right? Don’t give her all the credit, you run your body! I’ve been sidelined for the past 2 weeks from running, I can cross train, but it’s not the same and I’m really struggling with portions, I either eat too much or not enough, it’s a daily challenge for sure.

  5. Your mileage is awesome!!! I am struggling with getting my mileage in the 50’s. I did it the week before last week, 54, but something did not feel right last week and I am still struggling with it. At first it was my shin and now it seems to be around my hip area, the motion of running. It doesn’t hurt until I get into the motion of running and then it almost feels like it will give out. I got through 8 miles Sat but took Sun off. I want to go for another 8 today…but I am not sure. I am really bad about taking more than 1 day a week off…it kills me! Last year I got runners knee and it was probably because I wouldn’t stop running till I absolutely had to. Do you have any stretches that you love and always do? I am not that good about stretching and I just need to take the time to do it! I was also wondering how many miles you put on your shoes. With my mileage going up it seems like my shoes are going so fast!

  6. I feel you on the eating thing!!! I’m a fiend right now, NOT. COOL. I had an awesome 16 mile run Saturday, feeling 100% more confident for the NYC Marathon. The heat and humidity effect me significantly (I take electrolyte pills because I had gotten dehydrated constantly, no more of that!). This weekend I ran a full minute faster per mile than my previous long runs!!! Score. GREAT runs!!! Be proud that’s amazing.

  7. oye you are making me feel under trained :) BUT I’m trying a different tactic this year and doing more speed work because that’s my krypotnite. I killed 20 this weekend and I’m working with a physical therapist who I think will help with some of my muscle imbalances, so all good progress this week!!!

    The dehydration thing is really hard in FL too…you want to keep drinking and drinking but it creates that sloshy feeling..ick.

  8. First of all, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!!! OMG 70 miles in a week, that’s so awesome!!! I can’t even say or speak the words!!

    For me I was doing the same thing you did in the terms to eating but now I literally log down everything I eat, especially the calories, it’s the only way I keep myself in check. I also find that I do give in once in a while to my cravings, like2 weeks ago I was craving pancakes/chocolate. So I made myself Vegan Chocolate pancakes and now the cravings are all gone!

    On the sloshy sick, I felt like that several weeks ago, it was so hot that I took water with me on my run and when I was drinking it, I though I was going to vomit. So now I make sure to really hydrate, did not like that feeling at all.

  9. Holy goodness you’re fast! I just did my fastest 20 miler to date and it pales in comparison to yours.

    I’ve had problems water sloshing in my stomach before and it’s the worst feeling in the world.

  10. So excited to see your Women’s Running cover!! Way to power through despite weird scheduling. Maybe tracking when/what you eat and drink will help you see what you eat when you feel good vs what you eat/drink when you feel bad

  11. I am struggling with the exact same issue right now of eating. I too feel like I have chose the right foods to eat, just way TOO MUCH! Dried dates, apples, watermelon… good choices.. but not good portions. And it is much worse in the afternoon and at dinner time when all the craziness ensues of children arriving home from school, preparing family meals, etc. And by the end of every evening, I feel so down at myself. UGH! I hate it. I see others have commented about keeping a log of foods eaten, perhaps, I should try. I feel like as a mother of 3 that’s one more thing on my to do list, but maybe its worth it.
    Anyway, thanks again for writing about this, it really resonates with me.
    And congrats on your mileage, that’s amazing!

  12. I’m right there on the eating thing, too! I definitely eat more than my husband on a daily basis and I just can’t seem to cut back. I can understand that maybe I need more snacks throughout the day — but a whole plate of dinner that is bigger than his?! Hmmm….

    I hope you get the hydration issue figured out. That is so frustrating when you want to do more but good for you that you listened to your body. I don’t always do that and end up paying the price later.

    Hope you got up early this morning for your run and have a great week!

  13. Looks like a pretty great week to me! I think we could all use a little more water in our lives – I make it a point to buy “pretty” water bottles (big ones don’t hurt either) to remind me to get it in through the day. And the picture of your running trial is so inspiring – what a beautiful place to run! Hope you were able to enjoy some of the amazing weather we’ve been having in nyc!

  14. Awesome training! I am training for NY too and am getting so excited! What wave are your in? Although it will be like finding a needle in a haystack, it would be fun to run into you :)

  15. WOO HOO 70 miles!!! You’re a ROCKSTAR!!! I was training for a half marathon that is in Long Island, NY, however I developed tendinitis in my right knee. Race not happening. I have no one to blame but myself either. There will be other races, and I will be up and running (fingers crossed) in a week! Happy Monday!

  16. So I take it you won the womens running contest? I voted for you everyday!!! I was hoping you would win! I have a really hard time getting enough water in too!! Let me know if something works for you :)

  17. A fantastic week’s running!!! That trail photo looks so beautiful – I wondered if you felt safe running it? I would be nervous on it, by myself, I think!! Which really annoys me!

    Can’t wait to see the photo shoot results!

  18. You are an inspiration! Hang in there!

    I’m nowhere near as fast as you, but I do know what it’s like to juggle kids and training. Though my kids are older now, there was a time when I had 4 under the age of 6–a marathon in itself.

    I’m sure that you know more about training & nutrition than I do, but I have found chia to be really helpful (since gels give me stomach cramps). I just put a tablespoon of chia in a snack-sized ziplock with enough of my favorite juice, and let the thing gel together. I’ve found that those help me tremendously to stay hydrated.

    You can also add more foods with a high water content to your diet, like fruits and veggies–thereby satiating your hunger while hydrating.

    I’m certainly not an expert, but I thought I’d share what I have found helpful.

    Happy running! and keep up the great work! You truly do inspire Running Moms:)

  19. Nice week and awesome mileage Dorothy!! You continue to amaze!!

  20. LOL! I only run 25 miles/week right now and I outeat my 200# husband every day! Gotta love running!

  21. Awesome mileage :)

  22. Hi pretty lady!! Hope you are having a nice day – well actually you are probably still sleeping but I hope you have a nice day when you get up xoxo

  23. Thanks Lee!!

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