Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekly Mileage PR!

I don’t talk a lot about the facts and figures of my race training on my blog. I like to tell people that the running focus of my blog is only a vehicle for my poop humor, innuendo, and pictures of my son. Who, by the way, is doing this now. Scary times in the ‘Boring household….



Never the less, there are times when the stars align, the heavens part, Kim Kardashian puts pants on that aren’t 3 sizes too small, and I actually have a post that is almost entirely running focused. The Boring Runner, talking about running! What a concept. (The Boring Runner also thinks it is strange to write about himself in the third person on his own blog. He thinks it seems egotistical.)

Last week I had my highest mileage week in my life. 66 miles. I think my previous peak was around 60 or 61. I ran 6 days last week which essentially means that I have to use pictures above to remember what my son looks like spent, on average, just over 1 hour 20 minutes running each and every day. (and had to eat around 3000 calories each day - hooray!)



Getting to 60+ miles per week is a lot like getting to 10 miles a week, 30 miles a week and so on. It takes time, a little bit of listening to your body mine keeps screaming “I’m an amusement park! Play with me!” , and a lot of dedication. That and, much like a weight loss journey or a run across the US, it all begins with a single step.  Day by day, you'll get there.

Oh right, facts and figures. . . . This past week I capped my week off with a 21 mile long run that was a thing of beauty. Overall pace was 8:03, but it felt like I was floating. It was one of those runs that I actually felt myself getting faster as the time went on. The only snag was around hydration. Because the weather has been so hot in Phoenix, I’ve had to drink a LOT of water. I’ll go through about 10oz per 3-4 miles which means that for a 21 mile run, I have to carry a LOT of water. My water belt thing only carries 40 oz, so around mile 18, I had to circle back by the house and refill. Since I normally always run out and back so I can’t bail short on runs, knowing that I still had 20 more minutes of running left as I approached my house was demoralizing! But, I staggered around, grabbed my prefilled waterbottles and pounded out the last 3 miles.

As well as the run went, when I finished, I still felt like I ran 21 miles. I created a homemade recovery drink that consisted of a scoop of protein powder, water, chocolate syrup, salt, and coffee – because I read somewhere a while ago that caffeine helps to aid in muscle absorption. Once I drank that, I took a 25 minute shower (and my wife says my showers take forever) and tried my best not to be completely useless for the rest of the day. I’d like to think that I was rather successful – but that would probably be a lie. I was in bed by 9:00pm on the dot.

What tricks to you pull on yourself to not let you quit on a run? Anyone else run completely out and back routes?

28 comments:

Randy said...

This Pfitz guy is either a genius or a sadist. I haven't figured out which yet. I do know my legs are getting stronger for sure.

Oh and I take away cool points for myself when I have to take a nap on Saturdays after getting up so early to run. Usually 9pm the bed is calling me too. Great job!

Chad said...

Notice the morning lows are getting a little better. 84 is better than 89 and that directly affects your morning run.
It's so hard to be useful after a long run with a baby.

Jamoosh said...

The joy of marathon training. When you reach the point when a Saturday Night out becomes a Saturday Night in.

Michelle said...

I like out and back runs too. :) Gives me an idea of how much farther I've got to go too - LOL!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

It has been so dang humid here in Houston I've started using a camel back for any run over 10mi. And I always do out and backs just to not be tempted to stop when doing loops!


Great week! Can't wait to see how the plan ends up working out for you.

Jackalope said...

I honestly haven't really worried about the quit factor. It's probably the Army in me, but if I'm doing a long run, it's going to be a long run. That being said I'll decide to give it up beforehand for all kinds of reasons. :)

Nobel4Lit said...

That's serious mileage! I'm happy when I do 25! =P

WannabeRunner said...

Good Lord, that's a lot of mileage! Congrats!!

And can we please talk about the weather this week? I want to smash my iPhone every time i look at it. :P

P1t0 said...

I make my runs a big circle or decide on a mid-point to turn around on. I cant run by my house somewhere during my run. Not that I'll quit, but I dont want to be tempted.

Your 66 mile week is awesome!! Keep up the good work!

Runners Fuel said...

Great job with the mileage!

C2Iowa said...

Well done!!

Jen said...

What a week!! Wow - fricken awesome.

And the baby is looking cute too!

ajh said...

I had a very hard run this weekend. I was tired and just not into it. I didn't quit but it was slow.

I do mostly out and back runs with loops in the middle sometimes. I love loops but it's not reality around here for the most part.

Nice job on the mileage.

kilax said...

66! How cool! Congrats!

And of my gosh. It's alive! I cannot believe Hayden is walking around!

I talk friends in to running with me so I don't crap out. Ha ha :)

P.S. I wrote "took a GU" on my blog yesterday then thought of you and changed it to "ate a GU."

Running Moose said...

I do out and backs for most of my runs, some look like popsicles and then for really long runs I do something that looks like a 3 legged person since I don't use my Camelbak when it's hot (hot for me is over 85 or so). On the long ones I carry a water bottle (I wish that's what she said) and do a 6-8 mile out back on 1 part of trail, switch bottles at my car aid station, then repeat on 2 other parts of trail. This weekend was really hard. My Daily mile was 19.997 miles. My description was "The last 19.5 sucked". It was very hard to get back out after each water stop, especially since my sciatic kicked in after about .5. It hasn't done that in I don't now how long. I think the 15k race the day before was a factor two (rehydrated in that one with 3 beers at halfway and still got a 3rd in my AG!).

Running Moose said...

And about talking about your running? That's what I do with mine because I don't know a lot of people who run a lot to talk to about running. Though, I have been getting more people out running!!

Jill said...

Excellent job on the mileage PR, that is fantastic. May I suggest a little L-Glutamine in your post-run shakes, when your mileage gets that insane, that crap really aids in recovery of achy muscles!

Brian said...

I do the opposite, I try to make sure i'm not too far away from my house or car at any point, just in case I get hurt or start to feel heat exhaustion. (Or if my pace is too slow and I've got to cut it short so I'm not late for work)

I just verbally abuse myself if I'm thinking of quitting.

Forward Foot Strides said...

I do the out and back as well, once I've made it half way, I have no choice but to do the whole thing.

If I start to get anxious for some reason, I just remind myself, I don't HAVE to be doing this.

Kate said...

My last (only) 21 mile training run was just a "back"...I started in one town and ran home. It went slightly less well than yours (much in the way that Antarctica is slightly less warm than Arizona), but it was cool to do. Usually my runs are out and backs or loops, but for my 9 mile run yesterday I ran 3 3-mile loops...and every time that I went back out sucked. And it was about 13 degrees cooler here. You're rocking some pretty impressive mileage.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I used to do big loops around the city (You can basically circle New Orleans in 20 miles) but I had a terrible dehydration experience once and never did that again. I stick close to home and do loops in Audubon park, although I'm sometimes tempted to cut a loop or two off. To force myself to finish the whole thing I time my runs so my husband will get home the same time I do. He carries the house key so if I quit early all I can do is sit on the porch sweating and waiting for him.

Running Through Phoenix said...

really impressive!! Hayden I mean, and your running, is that kilometers or miles? Seriously, if I run by the house, I always develop a Homey Nut Cheerios deficiency and stop, so out and back or lollipop is the way for me. Alos driving to a destination to run is a sure bet for completing the distance.

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Wow. Nice job on the mileage milestone - especially in that heat! I haven't lived in Phoenix in 10 years... but I can feel the heat through the computer screen. Yikes!

Jen said...

Holy cow!! That is some serious mileage! Great job :)
P.S. Your son will be running in no time!

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I don't prefer out and back runs but I do use them the way you do so I don't stop early.

Precious said...

one word: rockstar.

Connie said...

Wow, your mileage is inspiring. In fact, your weekly mileage bar graph looks very similar to my monthly graph. I'm working on it, slowly but surely :)

Glenn Jones said...

Uh oh. He's walking. Watch out now!

My runs are out and backs. I start where I park my car, I run out, and have to come back or I'm not getting home...