Everyday EMS Athlete

50 Miles of Running in One Week

For the first time I completed 50 miles of running in one week. Keep in mind I didn’t just jump out of bed a week ago and decide I would run 50 miles. I am the midst of training for my 6th marathon – Green Bay in May. For the previous marathons I did either a 3 day or 4 day a week training plan. Both worked OK, but I wanted to try something different. My current training plan has me running 5 days a week. Four days on, rest/cross training day, long run, and rest day.

Week in Review

Monday – 5.25 miles, 7:47/mile

Tuesday – 10 miles, 7:55/mile

Wednesday – 5.2, 8:01/mile

Thursday – 10.25, 8:10/mile

Saturday – 20.05. 8:30/mile

Saturday I could definitely feel the heaviness in my legs. The week before included a 20 mile run so I essentially did two 20 mile runs in 8 days with 30 miles of running in between.

With about eight weeks until the marathon I am feeling good about my endurance and my running pace. Between now and race day my goals are to lose a couple more pounds, stay healthy, and increase my speed. I am projecting to run the marathon at an 8:00-8:15 per mile pace which will put me near or better than my PR, 3:33.

Are you in training?

What are you training for? Are you nearing your goals?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.