Sunday, January 13, 2013

January 7-13 Run Log

63.2 miles for the week. A nice 15 with MRB in Philly today (the standard Kelly Drive loop) and 13 yesterday trying to see if I could follow Crum Creek from my house to the Delaware River all on petroleum pipelines and interstate underpasses (almost, but not quite).

Obviously I've run more than that in a single day on almost a dozen occasions, but I'm not the world's most consistent trainer. So if you don't count race miles, or random "hey, let's run from campus to Mt. Diablo and back" runs, I may never have trained more than that. Definitely not on a regular basis, and definitely not since I got my Garmin watch last May to keep track of it all for me. I mean, maybe summer of '06 training for my first 100, or maybe fall '05 before my PR at the St. George Marathon, but I'm not sure. Although most of Runner's World's training plans now cost money to access, I was luck enough to download a bunch in fall '11 when I thought I might run a fast marathon in Kenya. Thankfully I dropped those plans, but regardless, even the advanced plan never calls for more than 57 miles a week. So maybe I'm breaking new ground. Now let's just see if I can keep it up, or up it to 100 a week (and do research, and teach two classes, with two new preps).

Odds are long.


  1. It's not the all the running it's the resting that makes gains. Think about that for a second. It's the silent moments in between. That, and I don't want you to get injured so we can keep going for long runs. Hold at 60 for a few months. See how you feel. Increase distance by no more than 5% total mileage, week over week, dropping back every 3rd or 4th week as a "rest week".

  2. Good thoughts. Originally 100 was my goal, but based on very little evidence, and mostly because it's a large round number. 70 sounds good for now. I sort of like going every day, but doing less (or none) some days and more the next is probably better. I just want to (1) consistently run a lot of miles and (2) break 24 at Western States.

  3. Most elite runners who get over 100 per week get to that nice round number after many many years. If we are patient enough the ice caps will grow back and we'll be lucky to be a footnote. Patience Grasshopper. Patience.