How Many Miles Per Week Should I Run?

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How to determine the number of weekly miles you need to run to run a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon.


July 24, 2007


July 22, 2014

I once asked a colleague who has coached many runners to collegiate and Olympic glory what he considered the proper mileage totals to succeed in distances from the 5K to the marathon. “That’s easy,” he said. “You want to run as few miles as you can and still win.”

Runners too often get caught in the mileage trap, thinking more is better. The truth is, more mileage is better only up to the point where you can achieve your potential. After that, each additional mile only increases your injury risk. The following six rules informed the mileage ranges below and can help you find your magic number.

“How Many Miles Per Week Should I Run?” Rule 1:

The longer the race, the higher the mileage. . .


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