Alehouse - Thank you Great to hear from you again! Glad to hear you seem to be over your injury
Thirsk - I have previously built up to 90mpw, and was genuinely shocked at how easy that mileage felt. It does sound crazy to say it, but I am a strong believe in building a massive aerobic base.
Why 60? Quite simply it becomes difficult to run more than that without adding doubles (in my opinion/experience). Doubles help you improve a lot to overcome the 50-60mpw 'hump' that many people seem to struggle with.
Why 100? Purely because it is a nice number. I personally believe that running 90-120mpw is incredibly valuable. So I am choosing 100 as a target.
I know I can cope with the milage from experience. If anything, I have been less injury prone with more volume and less intensity. Of course I need to include intensity, but I do think volume can have some injury-proofing benefits.
That is a good shout on seperating strides and hill sprints. My past approach has to been very gradual. So while both will start at 60 mpw, my first hill sprint session will be something like 2* 8 seconds - so super conservative.
I agree about not putting a date on things. I will definitely be listening to my body, but in the back of my head I will be happy to do 100mpw by the end of the year. Of course I will see how things go - if I hit that naturally then great; if not, then no problems
Thankfully my illness had nothing to do with running (helped recover if anything).
DT19 - As I said above, mainly aerobic base and later transition to ultras. Target distances: 2015 - 5k 2016 - 10k 2017 - 2018 - HM (I like this distance so want two years focus on it) 2019 - 2023 - Marathon 2023+ hopefully ultras if my strengths lie here Things will change I am sure as time goes on, these are my initial thoughts
Duck - not a bad shout. Cycling is measure in hours too. May experiment. Congratulations to your Mum! I am sure many more records will fall in the future thanks to her
Re: miles per week: I think everyone doing long distance running should try high volume (80mpw+). It really does amazing things for your aerobic capacity and running less than that, with higher intensity should be a 'back-up plan' if they cannot handle it. I cannot explain how amazing it feels to run that and find it comfortable - look forward to experiencing it again
Glad to see familiar names posting here still. I will have a read of recent posts soon. I am essentially announcing my come-back
For those who do not know me, I used to be a slightly above average runner (1:20something HM). I had a big hip injury, which took me out for a year. I then got back into the best shape of my life running 90mpw and I had some pretty serious health problems, and was lucky to be able to run or whatever afterwards. I struggled for about 9 months with further health complications (but less serious stuff). I was pretty fed up with sucking at running so I got more into cycling, which I have been doing for a year or so.
But my heart is telling me to run. I miss the simplicity of it. The legs are staying shaved but my running comeback starts this morning. I am too excited to sleep lol!
I will be following a Hadd/Lydiard-esque principals and do the following: Build to 60 mpw on singles Add doubles and strides/hill sprints Build to 100 mpw before the end of this year, hopefully Get a coach :P
PP - insane training times. Are you aiming for a sub 2:40 marathon?
PRF - how do you find the rate of improvement for an individual course? Do you get much of an improvement from being familiar with the course.
Due to illness I have not run in 2 weeks I think. I've been very ill and on the verge of being admited to hospital. I also gave my Mum the fright of her life when I collapsed from exhaustion.
I have decided to stop running with the intention of competing for the time-being. At the moment I am either contaminated with a very nasty strain of bacteria or have an immune weakness but need more tests with a dermatologist to confirm.
I will re-evaluate whether or not to start training in late April or early May. Partly because I want to give my body an extended break, partly because any hardwork I do to prepare for an event is very likely going to be ruined by another bout of ill health, and partly because I don't care about chasing numbers for the time-being when I am struggling to even life a normal lifestyle these days