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My Month of Running Everyday (Coaches Corner)

Confession Time: I spent the month of April running everyday. Doing all of the things that I say not to do. Here is what happened. Join the link up for Running Coaches Corner!

My Month of Running Everyday + How I Hit 60 Miles in 7 Days

I spent the month of April just running nearly everyday. Find out how I took care of myself and hit 60 miles in 7 days! Running Coaches Corner Link Up! @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/month-running-everyday-coaches-corner-61/

I am a Certified Running Coach. I have a running coach business. I have gotten injured in major ways in the past, injuries that include multiple stress related and overuse injuries. I preach the importance of injury prevention and preventative exercise. Don’t get it twisted, I still firmly believe in all of those things. 

But for the past month, I was a very, very bad coach. 

It all happened a few weeks ago, when my anxiety started to get out of hand, I started to lose my grip and began to catastrophize in a huge way. At the beginning of April, I started finding myself following up running days with… running days. They were still relatively short runs (for me)–only about 4 miles a pop. When I ran the Shamrock Shuffle, I think I had run one 10k in 2 months. As the weather got better and better, as my mood got more and more unstable, as I found myself walking all over the place at the restaurant and feeling tired the next day, I found myself leaning on my crutch: running. 

I found myself justifying the enterprise because doing the elliptical wouldn’t rest the muscles that needed the rest, and since I wasn’t spending much time at the gym, the spin bike wasn’t an option. 

So, running became my hug. It became my self care. My moving meditation, aside from that one time when my brain literally flipped out. I needed to be out in the sunshine some days; I needed to disappear into my books the other days. But the one thing I knew was that for perhaps the first time ever, I needed running. Running as my mood stabilizer. My meditation. My way of getting my brain and my body back in play. 

I’ve always loved running, but I’ve also always loved cross training–spin bike, elliptical, going for a walk. I loved my rest days (active or passive). Something happened to me during this past month of April. And I spent the month running. 

I gradually built up my mileage to daily 8 mile runs, culminating with a week of 8 milers and one 12 miler for 60 miles in 7 days. It was a major, major moment in my running career. I am so proud of myself, my body, and myself for taking care of my body in such a way as to enable it to accomplish that goal.

How did I accomplish my 3 week microcycle of only running?

Supporting Muscles and Joints

I dug up my compression socks and have been wearing them when I’m on dinner shift and sometimes on runs (I don’t normally do this). At the restaurant, I wear Danskos, which have a lot of support built into them; I am wearing various running shoes at the gym, and because the weather is still chilly, or I’m walking Ridley, I’m not wearing nonsense shoes. 

Nutrition

That means all the calories, fats, proteins, carbs, and eating in general. I didn’t lose any weight at all during this time, PS. Being at the restaurant means a lot more foods that I wouldn’t normally eat, and just a lot more food in general. I eat in spurts, so my body is able to handle what I am putting into it (this, my friends, is why I can’t just “eat a cheeseburger.” I have to space things out, and I can’t do it daily). 

Running Easy

80%, if not more, of my miles are easy going. I don’t feel like I could run faster, but that is more of a mental block than anything. I am fine with running easy, not honing my speed. I just want to run. I will do progressive runs on the treadmill maybe 1-2x a week to switch it up, and sometimes my daily miles are split up into 2 and 6 or 4 and 4. The recovery in the middle has helped me tremendously. I don’t have the mental endurance or perhaps the muscular endurance to run super far (trust me, that 12 miler? I had to work at it!), a perfect explication of why when training, you can’t split up your long runs aside from emergencies!

Glute Engagement and Mixing Up Indoor/Outdoor

I definitely notice when I am running inside too much that my glutes aren’t engaging as well, and I can tell that I’m running outside too much on the concrete outside when I get a little achy. Thus, I am aiming for a nice mixture of the two, and it seems to be working! And yes, I practice some of these tricks to get my glutes engaged when I’m out!

Paying Attention to My Body

See above, but know that if my hamstring or body had told me at any time that it needed a break, I would have given it that break. No questions asked. I took naps when I could (especially to offset many a night of subpar sleep, which seems to be my new normal). I sat down when I could. I relaxed. I rested when I wasn’t running or working. 

My Bottom Line as A Running Coach on Running Everyday

We aren’t perfect–even coaches don’t always practice what they preach. But I don’t think that this detracts from me as a reputable coach: this was an adventure and experiment in myself that I carefully, dedicatedly, lovingly, ambitiously, embarked on. I knew that I would be cutting myself off from mileage after the 60 mile week, and I worked myself into it. There are many other factors that I’m not going into, but trust me that I prepared myself for this, it did not come out of nowhere, even though it may seem that way after my breaks from running during my ovarian stimulation cycles.

She just wanted to run; how Suz nailed her month of high mileage #runchat #coachescorner #running Click To Tweet

What is next?

This was my peak of peak weeks. My marathon comes this month in my Frozen Embryo Transfer. Right now, I am in taper: retreating from mileage, incorporating other forms of strength training and cross training. Thanks to the Progesterone in Oil shots… I’ve got the sore glutes as if I was doing legs all day every day!

Running and I had a spring fling. We will see if there is any summer lovin. 

What is a running or fitness goal that you never thought you would accomplish, and you did just that?

Have you ever shot for the moon knowing you would have to take a break from flying?

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76 Comments

  • Reply Carla

    So much of it comes down to the fact you are brilliant when it comes to your body. I love what you say under your bottom line 🙂 because that’s exactly how I was as a trainer. 95% of the time I practiced what I preached but when I went off the rails 🙂 it was the most planned out mapped out intuitive leaving of the rails 🙂 you’ve ever seen

    May 3, 2017 at 5:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then I consider myself in very very good company!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Sure hoping there’s some summer lovin 😉 Running is so therapeutic. I am glad you were able to run this month!

    May 3, 2017 at 5:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too. Spring fling is over!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I’m so glad you listed all of the ways in which you need to be conscientious in order to run that many miles! Sometimes I feel like I’m doing ALL this work just to keep my body pain/injury free for all the actual running, biking and swimming! I especially love “running easy” and paying attention to your body. I think runners are crazy in tune with what their bodies are saying…sometimes screaming, so you just need to pay attention!

    May 3, 2017 at 5:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And not just pay attention, but HEED the signs!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Sam @ See Sam Run

    Woohoo! It’s amazing that you were able to respect (and use) your body enough to do this. It really shows how much running really helps us through hard times. Let’s hope this taper works 🙂

    May 3, 2017 at 5:37 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Sometimes we just need running even if it means not following all the rules. There have been times I ran because i needed it emotionally even when technically I shouldn’t have run (like a few days after a marathon, for example). But when it comes to the big picture we need to balance what our bodies need physically and what we need emotionally, and sometimes one can actually help with the other, if that makes any sense. I think by doing what your mind needed your body chose to cooperate.

    May 3, 2017 at 5:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hmmm, very interesting perspective, but I agree!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Christina @ montessoriishmom.com

    Good for you! I totally agree, there is nothing better than running in the sunshine when you’re anxious / stressed / sad / mad / happy 🙂

    May 3, 2017 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So rhythmic and soothing!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Great job hitting that mileage for the week! I worked very long hours this weekend at the restaurant and I was so sick of being on my feet that I took three days off from running. But I did do a long run eventually a few days later (15 easy miles).

    May 3, 2017 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m just doing a consistent amount every day, and that seems to be working for me. No long runs in my future!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    I’m glad running was there for you to give you some anxiety and stress relief!

    May 3, 2017 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Running was able to be the self soothing and love you needed at a time when you needed it most. Glad your body was able to cooperate with what you needed when you needed it.

    May 3, 2017 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! Thank you Deborah!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Wow! 60 miles??? I wold be curled up in a comfy bed with extra thick blankets pulled over my head if I attempted that 😉 But….I agree, we all have to break the rules sometimes…just to tempt fate and see what happens 😉

    May 3, 2017 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that bed sounds pretty darn good too!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Sometimes you just have to run! That’s so many miles– congrats!!
    Thanks for hosting too!

    May 3, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    So many miles, so intelligently achieved! So proud of your wacky body for handling it admirably and glad you got a little last hurrah before easing away. 🙂

    May 3, 2017 at 7:02 am
    • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

      Oh, and we all know that the half was my moon and that the time since then has been a biiiiiig break from intense stuff. Worth it, but I wanna go back. 😛

      May 3, 2017 at 7:12 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        I’ve still never been to Disney!

        May 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everyone needs to have a little flag waving now and then, right?

      May 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    Running is a form of therapy for me, so I totally understand how it can be theraputic!

    May 3, 2017 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I need all the therapy I can get right now!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    I. Cant. Even. I haven’t run a 60 mile week in forever, and by forever I mean 20 years . . . I like the idea of it, but my body says HELL NO

    May 3, 2017 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha, I don’t know if I will be doing it again for a VERY long time, but it really wasn’t bad at all!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’m glad that you were able to find some relief from your anxiety and that running didn’t hurt you. Hugs.

    May 3, 2017 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I needed it, and I was thankful to have it.

      May 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Erin

    I’m sorry but I’m going to have to disagree with other commenters; having gone through infertility treatment myself I know a lot about how various stressors can impact your body. Going from not running so much to 60 miles in a month in the midst of infertility treatment probably isn’t the best idea. Running, no matter how much is a stressor to the body which some people handle better than others. And stressors, such as running, can negatively impact out fertility. I hope it doesn’t have this impact for you and best of luck in your future treatments!

    May 3, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for you best good vibes!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I really like how you broke this down into all the details: building up gradually, nutrition, recovery, easy miles. I completely understand how therapeutic running is, especially when the weather is nice. I can’t wait to push my mileage a bit more after this 10k; my body doesn’t handle speedwork as well so I need to reduce the volume.

    May 3, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My body really doesn’t do well with speedwork–it seems like every time I try, I get hurt!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    WOW! Great job!! I can’t imagine running that many miles in one week right off the bat. Great job!!

    May 3, 2017 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, it wasn’t right off the bat! I worked into it!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Um, holy cow I don’t think I’ve every ran 60 miles in a month… lol #pretendrunner That is amazing, your basically my idol.

    May 3, 2017 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha that is terrifying ;D

      May 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    What a perfect month of running. And you needed to do it for you and you took care of yourself. Running is an essential part of relieving stress and anxiety.

    May 3, 2017 at 8:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe no more so than this past month for me. It was great!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Sometimes you just have to do it; running is seriously amazing therapy, and I’m grateful for every run I’ve been able to do. Rest makes me appreciate it even more, and I savor those miles when I can run without injury or run without worrying about health issues. <3 I'm glad you had such a great month of running Susie.

    May 3, 2017 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And now I am resting! It kept me healthy mind and body this month, and I am so thankful for it!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Running really is so therapeutic. It’s usually my go to workout when I just need something mindless so I can clear my head. 60 miles in a week is amazing, I don’t even think I run 60 a month! And so good to hear you listened to your body too. I think occasionally everyone goes through a time where they just want to do workouts their comfortable with.

    May 3, 2017 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And that was exactly where I was!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Wow, I didn’t realize you were running so often – I can only dream of ever doing 60 miles in one week! It sounds like you’re taking very good care of your body. It’s great how running can be there for us when we need it.

    May 3, 2017 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sometimes, it can’t be, but this month it really stepped up for me.

      May 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Susie,
    This post is exactly why you are such a great coach!

    You’re human, not perfect and that is exactly why you are so good at coaching–you understand that sometimes the rules get in the way of doing what is right for you, as you, not as a role model or a coach, but a you as Susie!
    Sometimes we have to listen to our inner voice, that voice may speak softly, but she knows you better than you know yourself.

    May 3, 2017 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I was able to balance them both–believe me!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I’m so glad you’re able to run again!! I can only imagine how much it’s been helping you. Running is the best therapy.

    May 3, 2017 at 9:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s the end of it for a while, but it really helped me through the interim period.

      May 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Running is the best release for stress or anxiety for me too. I’m glad you could use it as a coping tool this month with all you have going on!!

    May 3, 2017 at 10:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This month was such a roller coaster–I don’t know what I would have done without it.

      May 7, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I always want to run when I’m tressed. When we first moved here, I was so anxious that I’d get out of bed at 2am and run 6 or 7 miles. It was the only way I could stop myself from crawling out of my skin.

    I can’t wait to hear how the FET goes! Those shots suck a big fat hairy one.

    May 3, 2017 at 11:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ew, that a big fat hairy one doesn’t sound pleasant, lol. They are actually getting better!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Cora

    The most important part of this is your complete honesty. The fact that you are owning exactly what you did and why you did it, and know that it had its time in the sun (haha literally) but will now be changing, is why you are a perfect coach. You wouldn’t expect any of your clients to follow all the rules all the time, and you would give them grace for when they “stray.” You are giving yourself grace and I think it is perfectly okay to be proud of this, even if there were not always pleasant catapults behind it (aka anxiety). Plus maybe reaching this ultimate high is what you needed to let it go for a bit again?

    May 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree. I am ready to rest. Thank you, Cora!

      May 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I’ve definitely used running and walking in ways similar to you. The key really is to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and listening to those niggles that might pop up.

    May 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was definitely doing both of those things. ANd now? I rest?

      May 7, 2017 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Pete B

    Congrats on running every day last month. I just checked my calendar and realized I’ve run every day since April 9th, so you have me beat! Anyway the most important thing for me when I start running all the miles is to make sure I get lots of rest. I’ve short changed myself on sleep before and it’s not the way to go!

    May 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it amazing how much sleep plays a role? It is where you repair!

      May 7, 2017 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    It’s been a long time since I ran 60 miles in a week, and even then I didn’t run all the days. I’m glad you’re done with your spring fling and I’m really glad that you didn’t hurt yourself.

    May 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And now time for the real thing (aka baby) right?

      May 7, 2017 at 11:58 am
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    You know yourself and it seems like you just needed to run. Isn’t it wonderful what a good run (or more) can do for you?

    May 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was so fortunate to be able to run this week. I needed it more than I realized!

      May 7, 2017 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Elaine @myRUNexperiment

    Even though you went astray from your own coaching advice, it’s evident that you used all your knowledge and expertise to ensure you stayed injury-free during your month streak. The 80% easy running is definitely a great way to build up the mileage. 60miles – wow! Running is cathartic and can do incredible things for our minds.

    May 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really needed it this month. I needed the consistency, the ability to depend on SOMETHING. And yes, as much as I went against myself, I wasn’t completely loosey goosey!

      May 7, 2017 at 11:54 am
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    If I didn’t have my running I don’t know how I would combat the stress I get from my work!

    60 miles – check you out! Wow!

    May 4, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was really proud of myself–I was careful, but I really enjoyed the journey!

      May 7, 2017 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Sometimes mental health has to take priority over physical health (though it sounds like you are taking care of both!) I am still working on learning that lesson.

    May 4, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, I wasn’t being overly detrimental to either (though some people might have unsolicited opinions on that!). I feel healthier in mind and boy than I have in a long time!

      May 7, 2017 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Yup, missed this one too. I swear to you the last post I can see on my MacBook is Tuesday’s. I feel like I’m going crazy! I came on here to check from my phone because it’s the middle of the night here and I needed snacks and couldn’t sleep.

    May 5, 2017 at 2:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like you might need to clear your cache?

      May 7, 2017 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I’m often an experiment of one to see what works and doesn’t work. I always tell my coach I’m happy to be his guinea pig! Why not, right? I’m glad you had such a great week!

    May 9, 2017 at 8:12 am
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