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I'm not a coach and there are far more experienced runners on this board. I am, however, also laying out my 2007 training. I'll be 55 and I have two very specific goals. Towards that end I have been slowly inching my weekly mileage upwards. The past couple of years I've maintained around 60 – 70 mpw. Last month I hit a tad over 300. I don't think it's a coincidence that I set a PR for 10 miles this past Saturday. For December, even in Wisconsin's cold and snow, I'm aiming for another 300. With the crummy weather these may be LSD miles, but they will pay off in the spring. My daily 8 milers have become 11 milers. My Saturday long runs are now @ 19. And I'm doing my best to keep up the Sunday mile repeats. The hardest part is convincing myself to step out into the cold. I share all this with you as an example of what higher mileage might accomplish. With very few exceptions, every runner that has accomplished what I aspire to has run upwards of 70 or more mpw. I've been running 14 years. The one thing I've learned that works for me; higher mileage pays off 20 miles into a 26.2 mile race.