half training, marathon, nursing

Half Training
I decided instead of running the OD 10 miler to switch to a half marathon on the same day because I'm doing Broad Street (10 miles) and I want to get in a half distance before the fall.  My goal for the fall is sub 1:45 so I want to see where I'm at in my comeback this spring. This is in about 8 weeks. I've been running without a plan:
Tuesday is a hill workout (which will become track in March)
Thursday is a longer tempo run
Saturday is a long run. 

I've been building up my mileage and last week I hit 27. I am going to get back to 30 for this week and probably continue to hit 30 or above for the next 8 weeks. I've never really run more than 30 to 35 miles a week (even in marathon training) and don't want to burn out, but want to rock this half and Broad Street. I'm not sure what my best course of action is as far as training for a PR. Do you have any tips on my weekly mileage?

I am thinking in the back of my head that if I start having a good spring, I am going to want the opportunity to run a marathon. I will decide by the beginning of April probably and if I am up for it, maybe train for a mid May one? I have checked around to get an idea what is out there. I will probably wait until the fall, but it's in the back of my head for sure!

Nursing - 
I feel like my supply is better. I bought liquid fenugreek and put a dropper of that in water (when I remember) and that has helped and going back and still feeding Kara before bedtime (and then pumping before bed too). Who knows what is up with that but I think if I can make it to 9 months, I'll have enough pumped supply to make it to the year. That's my goal without dealing with too much stress to get there.


  1. Sounds like it's shaping up to be a good year! Which half are you going to do in the spring? The NJ Marathon isn't a bad one for May, and I hear the new one-lap course is a lot better than when it was two laps a couple years ago.

  2. wahoo running! I would love to run a 1:45 half this year! after this year, im taking a break from fulls and focusing on 1/2s!

  3. I need to follow your lead and add in some hill workouts to my running. I mean to every week but gosh, I HATE them! But I know they definitely make me a stronger runner!! Sub 1:45 would be an awesome accomplishment.

    I don't really know exactly what mileage you should shoot for for your half, I think you're a far more expierenced runner than me but I cant see why 30 miles wouldn't be sufficient. Especially since you're getting all the right training in! :) Good luck!

  4. I'm glad to hear the fenugreek is helping! I'm impressed you still have milk to pump even after the last feeding of the night! I could NEVER do that with Ethan.

  5. As Chari said - amazing you've still got milk to pump in the evening - you are a nursing queen!

    Great job on the running. Re: 'continue to hit 30 miles'; remember to have back off weeks e.g: build mileage for 2-3 weeks and then reduce for a week to get the effects of recovery so that you can progress. e.g build to 30 and drop back to at least 25 for a week, maybe less. It's the same theory as rest days.

  6. hi, great goals for the half! Sounds like running is going really well for you, i bet you'll be doing a fall marathon!

  7. I am also training for a half marathon and breastfeeding. I was nervous my milk supply would decrease from the training and because my twins are now sleeping through the night. My babies are 3 1/2 months. I have been able to maintain my milk supply by pumping before bed and sometimes after their first morning feed. I also have the goal to stop breastfeeding by 9 months and give them my frozen milk till they are 1 years old. It is stressful.