How long would it take for an elite runner to run 160 miles over a week?16 hours? I suspect a lot of runners do 16 hours a week....
I doubt a lot of runners do do 16 hours a week. When at my highest peak week of 55 miles, that was around 8 hours. Plus, elite runners don't run everything at 5m/m do they? 55 miles might not seem much to a lot of people on here, but to the majority of runners I know in real life, they would never do 8 hours/55 miles a week, ever. I think that we are all a bit blindsighted by the elites on RW who do do miles and miles a week. It is not the average whatsoever and probably only something a sub 3 marathoner would be doing. Majority of us will never be sub 3 marathoners! If you catch my drift. To be honest, not many elites do 160 miles a week. I think Mo Farah does 125 miles. A lot of Kenyan marathoners peak at around that too. This 160 miles is rare indeed.
Whatever mileage they do it probably done in less than the hours of a full time job requires... So are they really that selfish if it is in fact their source of income requires them to spend 30 hours a week running as opposed to 40 hours a week at another job?
Was more thinking that you can calculate your training in hours or miles. If you find out how many hours elites train it probably does not sound so impressive. The only world champion I have been lucky enough to ask said he did 2 and a half hours a day!
TimR wrote (see)
Are you saying sub 35min 10k is not elite?
Scheme of things, course not.
Local level races yes.
And what's all this 160miles a week business?! I'm sure even the best in the world do 140 at the utter max...
i'd think 120is more the usual.
If talent doesn't come into it, how come the likes of me take 50-60miles a week over years to get to a position where we could go sub 35, whereas others can do it off a couple of runs a week?
And how come others do that mileage and don't even get close to sub 35?
I saw the training diary of a guy who'd run 23:39 for 5 miles. Max mileage was 45! that's talent.
The guy who ran 160 miles a week is Pete Snell in Advanced Marathoning Stevie.
HeOw wrote (see)
One of our club runners regularly wins or comes second/third in the NW fell race series. She told me she's lucky if she does 20 miles a week! She would be an extremely talented athlete if she did even my mileage. .
Not to doubt you, but this is the kind of story I hear quite often, but usually there's a lot more to it.
First of all, do you mean she comes first woman home, or wins the race outright? How big is the NW fell series?
Does she count warm ups and cool downs (similar to Tom's comments on Coe).
She may do 20 miles a week now, but what's her background over 10 years.
Way too easy to talk about the "Now" without looking at the history.
There was another runner I knew who claimed to only train 50 miles/wk. He honestly believed that was all he did. He didn't count the six mile round trip to and from work as training since it was only 7 min mile pace.
Something else about some of these elites training speed. Bedford remarked that he used to run for one hour and put 11 miles in the book. Dave Moorcroft would be averaging 5:45 min mile pace for bulk mileages. Not all train at these speeds but I'll never forget Peter Elliott saying that he couldn't run much slower than 5:15 min mile pace on a steady run. As for Steve Jones, straight out the door and bang! 5 minute miling.
Stevie G, she was (from what another club member has told me) a very talented mountain biker (not sure what level but quite high) and came to club about 18 months ago. Showed promise from word go and has got better and better. She is not a big road runner, loves hills and yes, she does very well at the Fell Series but the North Wales fell series has some talented fell runners in it. No idea how many do it as I have only done one but she usually gets podium position of the females and most definitely doesn't train as often as I do, was visibly shocked when I said how many miles I do. There are people out there who, as gutting as it is(!), don't need to train like maniacs, the talent is born. Could she be an Olympic athlete if she ran 130 miles a week? Who knows?!
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