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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?!
Oh running really does bugger your knees up.
I fell over in May and my knee is still sore.
I think a tree was involved or at least it's roots and sticky out bits. I was running on a steep downhill in the woods and bashed everything.
Just worked out my miles. I'm averaging 24 miles per week. And thats including two marathons and an Ironman. I think i need to do more.
Yes - very true. I think I have my good weeks when I'm training for races, and then periods where it goes astray - holidays, working late, travelling. Still I'm quite happy with my times this year -but the average does look a bit pants. 4 hours a week !
Looking at avarage is pants.
For example, you've had 9 weeks of taper and 9 weeks of recovery, so in those 18 weeks your mileage would, sensibly, be less than your peak mileage weeks. To do otherwise would only cause you to race poorly, fail to recovery, incur injury or illness.
Doing such endurance events means that your training is going to look like a seesaw.
If you were running shorter events, say 5 or 10k or not racing at all, then your mileage would be more consistant. It's easier to hold high mileage when not racing or when the only races are 5 miles long.
Ha ha I just read back my post on here and I had said I had ran 2150 miles this year - that is KILOMETRES! My Garmin stats were showing kms, I wish I had ran 2150 miles...
Heow - need i say more tut tut. get out there now and run the difference.
andy the deestrider. wrote (see)
TomR- some americans have a tendency to say "oh I did a 10k marathon" thinking the word marathon must mean anything thats hard. another one for ya, doesn't running bugger your knees up? The last person who said that to me was 18st. Laughable really.
I was running past a pub once when a fat bloke with a fag on shouted "All that running's not good for your health mate!"
He I'm with philpub there, 35mins is good but nothing amazing really when you think how many people have done that time, its not really any big deal.
Sorry, but going slightly astray in comparing times here, & the 'going under 35' debate, but wasn't Alistair Brownlees time for the 10K run section of the Olympic Triathlon about 27:30?, which is bloody fantastic, compared to Mo Farrahs time for the 10,000 about 26:00?? (as Mo hadn't swum, or ridden, or run on normal roads/paths)
I would say going sub 35 mins is a cracking achievement for a male club runner. I mean, we cannot compare ourselves to Olympic athletes can we?! They are a rare species. Brownlees are another thing altogether.
HeOw wrote (see)
. Brownlees are another thing altogether.
. Brownlees are another thing altogether.
Hoping, to be racing against them (if Alistairs got over his surgery)Well, that said.......not that 95% of us will see them after the start (until the finish line) on 31st Decemberhttp://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=als&subtopic=home
Got an entry!! (as have 4 of my club-mates)There's 447 registered runners, which includes winners from Eileen & Daves previous events over the yearNot a bad turnout for a little jaunt in foot of the Pennines
I do a combination of running/walking every 2 nights for 11 miles at a time (both ways - to & from my house) & try to push it further when possible so 44-50 miles a week is my limit as I'm cripped with rheumatoid & osteo arthritis!
It mkaes me laugh with some of my bus passengers. They get on one bus stop then get off the next, which is like, 5 minutes walk away & say 'I can't walk that half a mile!' so I say to them unless they have some kind of genuine physical inability that stops them doing it then if I can run/walk for 44-50 miles a week WITH cripplkng arthritis then why can't they walk just half a mile with no disabilities?!
Walk about 40, run about 20. Come rain or shine.
Have managed to push running/walking up to 18 miles now. Pushing for further!
i managed about 33 miles last week, which is my highest ever mileage week. i'll be peaking about 55mpw in my training for a spring marathon, but as it's a gradual increase, i guess it'll be manageable once i get there