I’ve been going out on some long runs lately. I trained once for a marathon averaging 3 miles a day. It didn’t work out so well. That’s what’s hard about training through the winter, and why end of summer marathons are so much better. Most of my runs this winter have been a race against a sun setting low in the sky. When you run by yourself, anything else that’s moving serves as a fine training partner.
The massive mileage is wearing me down. My legs have been heavy and my pace slow. I’m not recovering between workouts. I could try supplements but I’ve never been a big fan. Instead, I’m going to work shorter runs back into my weekly mileage plan. I’m a big believer in the long run to prepare for the marathon, but there’s no reason I have to run long every day. There’s nothing magical about super long weekly distance.
I’ll turn 55 years old two weeks before the Colorado Marathon. There’s no rational reason for training like a kid. Better to show up race day without injury and fresh than weak and tired. Might run another long run Sunday but then I’m going to moderate. I understand that there are no health benefits to exceeding 35 miles per week. I do feel that I need to maintain at least 50 miles per week to prepare for the marathon, but my legs aren’t in the mood for 70 mile weeks. I’m changing up my plan. I’ll be ready.