In breaking down a training regiment you have to look at a bunch of factors. I have never figured out how to run effectively on the trails and this is my goal over the winter. First I have to establish what I call my three phases of weekly training:
Phase 1: Run every morning for about an hour Monday through Friday. This is complete.
Phase 2: Run Tuesday through Thursday in the PM. Have averaged about 1 workout so far.
Phase 3: Run 20 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday, or 30 miles over the weekend. I'm at about 15.
Done correctly, one can get about 80 a week from this. I have been hesitant to really pile up the mileage and figure I'll add 3-5 miles a week. The goal is to establish all three phases by early January. I'd maintain this another 6 weeks or so and then look to impart a few longer runs. I'd incorporate one tempo run and some type of fast stuff the 12 weeks leading up to Ice Age. I'd also like to make a stretch and get a 2 hour run in sometime mid week if possible.