How many miles do you run a week ?

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cougie    pirate
28/10/2012 at 21:01

Ron Hill ran to and from work every day - so his commute got him miles. It's an excellent idea but not practical for everyone. 

28/10/2012 at 21:50
Ultra cougie, sorry but you couldn't be more wrong there about it not being practical for anyone not so long ago I was regurlarly spending about 20-25mins driving home from work 10 mins changing then doing a regurlar 6-7mile run in the evening.

One day it occured to me to cut out the driving bit get changed at work then run 7miles home from work this way I get the same running miles but get to sit down for tea at 9:30pm rather than 10:30ish.

No longer in that job because of takin up full time running but thats beside the point. Alot of people can fit it in if they are really determined or think outside the box.

I found people who dont want to run seem to have an excuse for every eventuality.

I want to run but:
My feet ache from work
I'm hungry
Its cold out
Its raining
I'm hungry
I'm hungover
I cant run for a bus
People might see me
I'm to slow
I dont have anyone to run with
My shoes are gettin worn out
I heard them all before.

If someone was just honest an said "i dont want to to run" I would respect them more but I cant be doin with excuses from people who "want" to run
28/10/2012 at 22:40
I would love to run to and from work, but it's 44 miles each way and some nights it takes 2 hours to drive that. Getting home at 8pm then running 10miles is ok once or twice a week.

If I really wanted to run 70miles a week I would buy a smaller house, get a local job and sell my family. It's not an excuse, it's just how things are.
28/10/2012 at 23:25

Working in a school = 14 weeks not working?

cougie    pirate
29/10/2012 at 06:36
Andy - I said not practical for everyone. Not anyone. Of course people can fit in plenty of miles but it depends on their situation.
29/10/2012 at 06:57
Any, what is full time running, how can you do this?
29/10/2012 at 07:14

To be fair, not everyone can be totally single minded towards their goals. 30 years back I used to spend every spare moment fishing; now there's an activity that eats up time, not just minutes but whole days. As for ambition, at the time there was a fellow who wrote in a book, "Lack of time and money is no excuse to get to the top in Carp fishing", brutal stuff. He himself changed his job, moved house etc, to accommodate this. And deemed that others should do the same. 

If there was an aspect of running training that I've found attractive and that is the sheer brevity of it. I don't need hours and hours every day to do it. I would hazzard a guess that the lack of time aspect has more to do with other people in the complaintifs life than real lack of time. A relative of mine complains all the time about having no time for this and that, but the reason is having a really busy social diary, a life full of self inflicted appointments and commitments.

29/10/2012 at 08:11
My belief is that life is defined by which goal you choose to attack. If you have a family and responsibility I personally would not feel able to devote all of my energy into a pursuit that doesn't benefit the whole family.
If you ever read Ghost Runner, being the best runner (Carp fisherman, cyclist etc....) that you can be, would inevitably come at a cost to your family.
To me running is what I enjoy, and that can be 10 miles or 40 miles per week, depending on time, and I find I can only really enjoy it when everything else is taken care of.
29/10/2012 at 09:04

Monday Hill training session to the top of Everest and and back.

Tuesday Sprint session trying to keep up with a Ferarri.

Wednesday 150 mile threshold run.

Thursday 60 mile recovery run.

Friday Rest day

Saturday 120 miles off road.

Sunday 736 and a half miles long slow run.

29/10/2012 at 09:05

What I really do.

Thursday Two and a half miles.

Sunday 5 miles.

29/10/2012 at 09:22
Stevie G . wrote (see)
T.mouse wrote (see)

Isn't that just real life then? Work, family, other interests outside of running?

Ron Hill is male and I doubt that he had the same family commitments as most women as it usually comes down to them to care for offspring and parents.

I think rthat most people have purpose and planning in their lives it's just that running really doesn't come that high on the priority list.

Cripes there's some bitterness in this post.

Are you like the guys at my work who say I beat them only because they have "Lives" and don't run

I don't think this comes across as bitterness, just as average facts.

Oh, at the moment I run about 35 miles a week.

Edited: 29/10/2012 at 09:22
29/10/2012 at 09:35
I agree, it's not bitter, it's simply factual and similar to my own view I have a love of running as we all do, but it doesn't take over my life, it just gives me my particular buzz. Some need more to get this buzz!
For me I do the miles I need to get me by, sometimes big weeks sometimes none at all, average maybe 30
29/10/2012 at 09:40

No Stevie G. you beat me because a) you're male. b) you're at least 10 yrs my junior. c) you have been running for more years than me.
There again, I'm quite happy with a wava of 75 - 85%. I'm not sure I have the ability to get any better even if I ran every hour of every day.

No, there is no bitterness in my post, it's just how life is. As others have said, especially EKGO. We all make our choices.

I run between 35 and 50 miles a week. I can do this because I have an erratic work pattern. I work between 6 and 18 hr shifts. If I didn't love swimming or want to play hockey of course I could run more but I prefer swimming to running even though I'm very slow in the water. (and I'm really rubbish at playing hockey, I just run up and down the pitch while everyone else plays hockey around me).

29/10/2012 at 09:45

EKGO- Full time running is literally just what the kenyans do ie run, eat, sleep then repeat.

i manage to do this because i worked bloody hard at saving up the the money so that i can take 6-12months to have a go at doing this. also i will admit i dont have any commitments at this point in time, but i know plenty of people who have all the regurlar commitments but still manage to squeeze in the training. some people can use there commute to or from work if they really want to.

others could go really early

some could even go in dinner hour.

i never managed to run to an from work because there was no shower facilitys there so i`d go early and then run home. overall running home actually ment i had slightly more family time (live with parents) so seemed daft not to run home really.

29/10/2012 at 09:57

EKGO - interesting point about the ghost runner. his story is inspiring in some respects: his determination to succeed in the face of adversity, his strength. However I could not respect his apparent neglect of his wife and children and the fact that he put running above all else.

29/10/2012 at 09:57

I currently manage about 30 odd miles a week give or take. I don't actually think I could find the time to do anymore, although having read some of the posts here I have come up with a cunning plan. I will just run everywhere, run in for Breakfast, gulp it down, run into the Shower (run on the spot in there) - get to work, dash around the office (look out for the Tea Lady) etc etc. If I do everything at pace it might free up some more time to go for a run?

29/10/2012 at 10:04

Whoops - Stevie G, you're nearly 20 years my junior.


cougie    pirate
29/10/2012 at 10:17
Andy - do you need to run full time ?
Aren't you going against your own argument ?
Ron Hill did pretty well working full time as has been said.

Good luck with it though - what's your goal ?
29/10/2012 at 10:24
Dude - the Ghost Runner's story is amazing, and I agree on his grit and perseverance, but his run-at-all-costs mentality which neglected his family was not something I'd admire.
29/10/2012 at 10:36
Ultra cougie- fair point, I really dont need to run full time but I'm doing it now because I dont have commitments but I know once that changes I will just feel guilty running twice a day everyday.

I think to be properly succesfull as runners it does involve being fairly selfish. If I had kids I think I'd have to cap it off at 50mpw or something. because then I couldn' justify it.

To be honest I'm just going to see what I can do over the next 12 months. Not set any specific goal as such.
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