Truth is, there is nothing special about running 30, 70 or even 80 miles per week. All it takes is time, a lot of patience, a little
Second, when I am not running, sleeping, or working, I am eating (and therefore pooping) or thinking about eating. As I sit here typing this, it is 9am on a Monday morning. Ate breakfast 2 hours ago and I could eat again. Not a snack, a FULL meal. If I burn 1800 calories a day normally, I need around 3000 to sustain myself during this kind of load. While fun at first, as I was moping around the house on Saturday eating left over Worthers Originals candies (not kidding) while trying to find an afternoon “snack” (meal) it was rather annoying. (I do realize this is sort of like complaining about having too much money, being too good looking, or having too big of man bits)
Here is the way the week shakes out. I’m using a Pete Pfitzinger plan slightly modified for my own sanity and running style. Looking back, I seemed to be having a rather flat week with more than a few runs where I complained about tired legs. I copied the brief descriptions from Daily Mile which provide a bit of what I was feeling.
Monday: 10 mile track w/ 6x1000M @5K pace (Total Miles ran – 10) 07:53 pace
6x1000 @ 5K pace. I've never done 1000s before, if you never have either, let me tell you... they were HARD! Averaged exactly 6:00 pace on them but it felt like I was sprinting each one. Even now, 8 hours later my legs are SORE!
Tuesday: 15 mile mid week long (Total miles ran - 25) 07:54 pace
Legs felt TIRED towards the end. Kind of like little people had attached themselves and wouldn't let go.
Wednesday: 6 miles recovery am, 4 miles recovery pm (total miles ran – 35)
AM Run: I finally decided to give in to my training plan and run twice in one day. Part one of recovery run went ok.... 08:04 pace
PM Run: Night running SUCKS! Side cramps, dry mouth, bugs.... I don't know how people do this. 08:27 pace
Thursday: 12 mile general aerobic run (Total miles ran – 47) 07:53 pace
Another double digit run - and my legs FELT like it (and still do). This week's, and likely part of last week's, miles are starting to catch up with me. On tap tonight: Sleep. Lots of sleep.
Friday: 5 mile recovery (Total Miles Ran – 52) 07:59 pace
14 miles at 7:15ish. Half marathon in 1:35:29. Could have ran 3-4 more at that pace....... but more??? hmmm
|Why you run so much??|
The real question that I've asked myself over and over again is simple: WHY? I've honestly never tried the uber high mileage approach and wanted to see if it could take my running to the next level. Will it work? Maybe. I feel faster at 13+ miles than I ever have in my life. But, we all know that feeling good and RACING good are a lot like Siegfried and his white tigers. Sure, they are buddy buddy most of the time. . . . but every so often "That tiger goes tiger" and bites off a piece of face. Hopefully, come race day I'll be the one cracking the whip - not getting my face bit off.