Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:51
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.
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