Honestly? I knew it was only a matter of time before I jumped onto the bandwagon, drank the kool-aid, (insert your own cheesy cliche here) or whatev. But here I am. All about racking up the mileage in an effort to become a better runner. And what better time than the Summer of Amy 2009?
It started off innocently enough. I mean, I love running. The more running, in my book... the better! This past training period, I ran more than I had ever ran before. I was consistently running 50ish miles every other week and I ended up not only PRing at the marathon... but, more importantly (to me, at least) I felt AWESOME during the last 6 miles of the race or so. Something that I've never really experienced during a marathon. In the past, I've been so OVER the race by about mile 18.
I've been doing a lot of reading about high mileage lately and I think it's the way to go for me right now. I really want to take this summer and continue to build a really strong base of high mileage, not really focusing too much on speed or pace, but just getting the miles in.
Now before you bombard me with comments (and I use the term "bombard" loosely here), let me first say... I understand... high mileage isn't for everyone. Some people get awesome results from just running 3 specific workouts a week. But... I can't only run 3 times a week. I'd seriously go crazy. (You think I'm crazy now? Haha. You ain't seen nothing, friends). And time isn't really an issue for me... let's assess the situation...
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I mean, look at that people... I gots nothing but time on my hands!!! This is perfect for me.
So, my plan is to slowly inch up my mileage this summer. Starting with incorporating some two-a-days during the week. I am going to start with just one two-a-day a week... Tuesdays. And as I slowly ramp up that mileage, I MIGHT add another one on Thursdays.... but we'll see. Yesterday afternoon was my first official start. I ran 9.7 in the morning and Then 4.5 in the afternoon.
Now, normally... I bitch and moan about running in the afternoons, because for me... running at the end of the day BLOWS. I'm tired, hungry and grumpy after work, I hate all the extra traffic at the end of the day, It's hotter outside, etc. But, I am determined to double up some, so I just kept telling myself to take it slow and easy and it worked! I took it slow and easy. I didn't flash my middle finger to commuters who were trying to run me over. I just chillaxed and it all went by nicely.
Some people would call these added runs "junk miles." Meaning, I'm just trying to inflate my training log... which, essentially... I am. But it's not like 'junk miles" are all bad. I mean, I am burning a few extra calories and getting extra time in on my feet. As long as I do it smart and don't overdo it, I think it will help me in the long run (haha, pun not intended, but relevant nonetheless).