I have been ramping up my mileage the past couple of weeks. This is actually something that I am really good at – I seem to be able to add volume very quickly.
If I went out and stacked on 20 milers I would be put under rather quickly. So I have been doing most of my miles in the 6 to 8 range. Long enough to add real volume but short enough not to break the body down and even more important to be able to recover. I can also recover from easy 12 and 14 mile runs (just not too many in a week).
If you remember I did one of by b-2-b blocks last weekend – 40 miles in 4 days. I then took a day off from the run (I rode the trainer easy). After the quick rest day I’m back at it. I have stacked on another 34 miles as of Friday morning. That gives me 48 miles Sunday – Friday.
However, also as of this morning I have started to feel the effects of fatigue. This morning was the first run this week that got ‘hard’. It is probably time to shut it down a notch or two since Boston is 10 days away. Coming off of a high frequency / high volume block last year I PR’d at the half marathon. I am not going for any records at Boston but a bit of the ole super compensation would be nice.
It is interesting going into this Boston Marathon race not peaking (and not stressing). It will be an enjoyable event!
On a side note, I received the Finis Lap Track in the mail yesterday afternoon. I won it in a contest from Austin over at Enjoy the Ride. Now, I work in computers and everything but I was looking through the manual and – well it is like programming an 80’s edition VCR. I am sure I will figure it out (and post a review) but it is not intuitive at all. It does have a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck – Flavor Flav style.