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Friday, July 29, 2011

The Second Shift

On a recent night Geof and I were talking about weekly mileage as we worked through our evening dental routine. Conversation is a funny thing with mouths full of toothpaste...

Geof quips that the next week he is getting back on the wagon, "It will be a 70 mile week!" I giggle at the random outburst and express my surprise.

I think aloud, "That would be kinda fun."

Geof asks, unable to recall, if I've done a 70 mile, non-race, week before.

"Nope...not in one week [brief pause as I ponder this question]...but I have done it in less than one day...!"

The question suddenly occurs to me...how come I'm so afraid of a big mileage week, but the idea of running 60, 70, 100 miles in a day or so makes total sense?

"I can run 100 miles in little more than a day and come away practically unscathed, outside of some blisters...yet I'm unwilling to spread that distance out over a week?"

"I know, I don't get it either," says Geof as he steps out of the bathroom.


It's funny how things you think you've completely beat the dead horse on can get shown in a slightly different light and suddenly the entire paradigm shifts.

It's the second shift :)

So now I sit and ponder...what would it feel like to run a high mileage week/weeks? I dunno. I guess I'll be finding out as my training for JJ100 involves a couple of uncharacteristically high mileage weeks. Intrigued, I am. I think it's time for me to try it on for size.

And now, for a totally unrelated photo...

I spy...
Queen K Hwy, Hawai'i
Paige, out.


Tim said...

Saw you over at Liza Howard's blog. I love your domain name! I'll be sure to add you to my reading list :)

Paige said...

Sweet! Thanks for reading, Tim!

Gretchen said...

I totally hear what you are saying. I wonder the same thing sometimes. I would NEVER contemplate a 100 mile week in my training ... for, uh, a hundred miler!

Truthfully though, a 100 mile race puts a ton of stress on the body. Not something I could do frequently. But I think if you build up to higher mileage weeks - for me, about 75-80 mpw - you teach your body to handle a certain amount of stress, and those training weeks become really key for success on race day.

Anyway, I say "go for it!" Just be sure to build up to it, and back off if you feel a threat of injury. Happy training!!

Paige said...

Yea, I'm right there with you...a 100+ mile week would be inSANE! I'm looking to hit 70 mpw twice during this cycle. We'll see how it all goes!

Eric B said...

Interesting post. Wierd how we look at things. Funny this is my 70 mile week.

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