The Breakdown: 30-Day Ultra Low Volume Running Experiment

The Breakdown

30-Day Ultra Low Volume Running Experiment Final Notes

Total Distance In 30 Days?

  • Approximately 7,830 meters total.  This is approximately 4.9 miles total.  For the entire month. 

Average Distance Per Week?

  • Approximately 980 meters per week.  Not even a kilometer on average – per week.  Admittedly, my running fitness is pretty unremarkable.  But maintaining it on an average of 1K per week vs. the at least 5K that I was averaging for a few months before this 30-day ultra low volume running experiment.

Average Frequency Per Week?

  • Not quite 2 per week.  Pretty cool.

How Many Times Did I Run?

  • 7 times in 30 days. 

  • That is approximately one run followed by 2 days off – repeated throughout the month. 

What Were The Extremes?

  • Out of the 7 days of running – the shortest total distance I ran during a workout was 400 meters.  I ran that short twice actually. 

  • The longest total distance was 1.5 miles. 

Final Judgment?

  • This 30 day running experiment was a great success overall.  I lost very little 400-meter running fitness and actually improved my time in the 1.5-mile run. 

  • If you try this running experiment please let me know how you do.  I’m always interested to see how others fare with my experiments. 

  • I had planned on averaging 1,600 meters (essentially a mile, just 12 meters short) for each week but I fell short of that.  I’d say it’s still a success even with the reduced mileage.






About bencrush

42-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas.
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