15-mile long run
3 meals from Life Alive (#obsessed)
3 AFDs (oops)
It's hard to believe, but this marks 7 of the past 9 weeks at 100 miles or higher. For most elite and professional runners, this is bordering on mundane. For most "normal" people, this is bordering on insane. For me, someone whose ability and mindset resides somewhere in the middle of those two groups, it is unquestionably the longest stretch of self-proclaimed "high mileage" training I've ever been able to string together at one time. I would be lying if I didn't admit I'm pretty surprised I've been able to do it. Not necessarily from a logistical standpoint--although trying to fit in the miles while working full-time and traveling here and there and everywhere in between has presented its share of challenges--but simply because I've never been able to maintain a volume level even close to this without physically breaking down. This time, things could not be more different. Despite bouts of fatigue and tiredness--the past seven days being a salient example of this--overall I've found myself feeling stronger, fitter and, inexplicably, faster as the weeks pass, despite doing very little in the way of structured workouts or races. Don't get me wrong; I am keenly aware that many weeks and hurdles separate me from my end goal of the Philly Marathon, but I'm convinced that my summer training has provided me with my best base fitness ever leading into the fall season.
|Battle Road: the site of another stellar Sunday long run with Jordan, Jenn, Emily, Caroline, Wayne, Terry and Kevin|