Post First 100 Mile Week

Well I have successfully pulled off my first 100 mile run week, it was too bad.  My break down was this:

Monday: 20 miles @ 6:41 pace & 3 miles @ 9:00 pace
Tuesday: 10 miles @ 8:00 pace
Wednesday: 18 miles @ 6:30 pace
Thursday: 10 miles @ 8:00 pace
Friday: 16 miles @ 6:20 pace & 3 miles @ 9:30 pace
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 13.1 Miles @ 7:30 pace & 7 miles @ 8:34 pace

The key to doing this kind of running volume for me was the recovery after the runs, which included my recovery runs, nutrition, stretching, and massaging.  In the past I have done 80-90 mile weeks but by the time I finished on Sunday my legs ware in extreme aching pain. This week was much different, by Sunday I was perfectly fine, not saying I could run a PR marathon but I was completely ache-free. My revolution in my ache-free legs was most likely caused by three major changes I made to my training two weeks ago.  As of right now I am still testing these changes and I’ll post more when I see the results of the Boston Marathon in three weeks.  However, in this last minute ditch effort to train, the results so far have been very positive.

Lastly, not only was yesterday the day I finished my first 100 mile week it was also a celebration of six years since my first half marathon.  Oddly enough I took on a pacing gig yesterday at the race I first ran 13.1 miles.  Then to top it off when I got home I received my Boston Marathon packet in the mail.  This all reminded me of how far I had come in six years, from not being able to run one mile to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  The whole journey over six years has been great and I have loved every moment of it.

Happy Running!

Chris Allen