Sunday, May 18, 2008

High mileage gamble

“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”

First week on the quest for more mileage and so far so good.

Mon 11 35 MIN RR 5:19 to 5:38 per K
Tue 12 10K @ MARA PACE sub 4:15 per K
Wed 13 1HR 30 MIN 4:50 - 5:27 per K
Thu 14 50 MIN RR 5:19 to 538 per K
Fri 15 3KTT warm up warm down did 11:56
Sat 16 15K around 5:15 per K
Sun 17 26K 4:50 - 5:27 per K

Total 98kms

First week done in my countdown to Townsville marathon. Didn't quite hit 100kms but happy nonetheless as this is my most kms in one week ever.My legs are a little sore around the knees but I'm not feeling too beat up as I had an hour massage yesterday and that helped get a bit of tiredness out of the old pins.

Another good sign for this stage of my build up is that I've been able to lose a fair bit of weight. Been doing core exercises, weights and eating high protein small meals at regular intervals.The gut is starting to lose its layer of fat. I don't have six pack abs yet but with all this training and this eating regime I should be looking like our friend above come race day. Of course with a bit more skin ;)

Thanks to Ewen, Robert Song and Steve Lacey, I read and am taking your advice which I will adjust week by week according to how I'm holding up. You're all right as well, too much speed work maybe counter productive at this stage I'll just try for some sustained quality and to build my endurance.


  1. Congratulations as the most ever Ks week.
    I don't see the high mileage approach as a gamble. More like money in the bank.

    Lets hope you don't have the lean to the left like your "lean" friend when you are running?

  2. You're looking lucky punk!

    I like that week - subtle adjustment should keep them ticking over (perhaps slightly quicker than 538 minutes per k ;)

    The clean shaven look suits you Scott - add some skin (3" worth) and you'll be ready to rock in Townsville!

  3. Ewen, what do you expect when you have worn your legs down to bloodied stumps as a result of such extraordinary mileage ;-)

    Nah, great going Scott. Just stick with it. Don't over-reach. Consistency over a prolonged period is far more important than squeezing out a bit extra in any given week.

  4. You are off to a great start Scott. It will be hard work but the rewards will be well worth it.

  5. Stephen, 98k is big for a middle distance runner such as Scott.

    I was reading a thread on CoolRunning, where "lactatehead" mentioned his recent 160k weeks were the easiest training he'd ever done!

  6. Yay, love the high mileage! That's the gamble I took leading up to Canberra and although it didn't get me a marathon PB it did get me a 3k one :-)

    Good luck. Can't wait to see the benefits for you.

  7. Sounds like a good start Scott. Your recovery runs are at my race pace!

  8. I hope the higher mileage produces the results. It worked for Mr lulu and it's just a matter of managing any niggles; backing off for a week if anything flares up.

    I'm sure you'll be fine as it's not as if you weren't doing some good consistent training before.