How They Train!

Carrie Seiberlich - June 2017


  • 45

Did you compete in high school and/or college croww country or track?

  • Both, at Tremper H.S., Kenosha, WI and at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse

How many years have you been running?

  • 32

Lifetime personal records

  • Marathon- 2:56
  • Half marathon- 1:27
  • 10 mile- 1:04
  • 5k- 17:53
  • Ironman- 10:59:43

What running events do you train for or what are your training goals?

  • I typically train for marathons or Ironman triathlon. 

Consider your training over the past 6 months to one year.  How many miles a week do you typically run when not injured and consistently running?

  • 45-75

What does your typical week of running look like?

  • Monday:  Recovery run, usually 7M   
  • Tuesday:   15 min warm up, 6 x100 strides, interval speedwork, 15 min cool, 6×100 strides.  10-13M 
  • Wednesday:   Recovery run, 7-8M
  • Thursday:   15 min warm up then 6 x100 strides, tempo or progression run, 15 min cool, 6 x100 strides.  10-13M
  • Friday:  Rest day
  • Saturday:   50 min-1 hour easy
  • Sunday:  Long run 15-23 miles

Do you take recovery or down time?

  • Yes, usually 2-3 weeks after a big event.

Do you peak for certain races?

  • I’ll taper for 10 days-2 weeks before my “A” race

How much sleep do you usually get at night?

  • 6-7 hours

What time of day do you normally run?

  • Whenever I can, mornings or after work

What injuries have hampered your training over the past year? 

  • SI joint/piriformis strain

Do you take any dietary or medical supplements?

  • Vitamin D, Super B complex.  I use Ultragen recovery drink after speed work or longer workouts.

What type of running shoes do you prefer?

  • Saucony Triumph

Do you race in a different type of running shoe?

  • Saucony Fasttwitch

Do you use weight training?

  • Unfortunately not enough time to fit it in. 

Do you stretch? 

  • Not like I should.  Just started going to Jennifer Duncan at Stretching Your Life.  She really helped me loosen up for Boston. 

What are your favorite running routes?

  • Trails have always been my favorite, but I also like St. Mark’s trail for flat tempo runs.

What advice do you have for beginning or experienced runners to help them with their training?

  • Consistency will give the best results.  A “better than nothing run” is appropriate when you don’t have time for the original planned run.