I have just racked up my highest week's mileage ever! 81.5miles / 130.5km, which for some of you may not be a lot, but not bad for an 800m runner, with a full time job, a 1 hour commute, two [lovely] kids going through major exams, a dog to walk, a car to clean, grass to cut, floors to mop blah blah....
Background: during the winter base training phase, I like to include at least two high mileage weeks - one in the autumn and one in the spring. I find that this results in weeks of subsequent smooth running, improved recovery times, and improved digestion. Usually this constitutes between 50 miles (10km per day average) and 70 miles.
Furthermore, at some point in such a week I hit a real low. Legs about to fall off, horrendous indigestion where I can't process food quick enough between runs, and defeatism. But this time was different, so I kept going! This time it felt easy, and given the time, I really feel like 100 miles is doable.
These are the game-changers:
- The new, more efficient gait (what this entire blog is about!) is causing less trauma to the legs, hips, lower back, so I'm going further on less energy, and recovering faster between runs.
- Dropping the carbs, and metabolising fat for fuel, means that I'm not hitting 'empty' at the end of runs and experiencing the damage that that incurs.
And a final word. Every mile, road or trail, was run in minimal shoes. My feet are stronger than they've ever been (and that took 6 moths to achieve).
Here is the week according to Strava. Remember, kids, if it's not on Strava, it didn't happen...
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