|Out to pre-marathon dinner |
with the Faster Bunny as I wondered,
"is this pizza going to make me faster tomorrow?
or maybe I should have had a higher mileage training plan?"
|A little pre-marathon fueling |
at the Newport Brew Co.
(I pre-fueled with water.)
Leading up to my 3:26 OC Marathon, I averaged 32 miles per week (including track workouts X2 and a 10K).
And I use the term "plan" loosely, because I don't actually follow a plan. I run my long runs with a local marathon training group and I completely improvise my mid-week runs (based on what I have time for with my work schedule...thank goodness I'm not unemployed because I would probably run myself into the ground and do something unhealthy like 1000 miles per week.)!
Yes, I realize that flying by the cuff is probably NOT the best strategy for marathon success. I should use a more organized plan...but this keeps it fun for me. I don't like feeling forced to follow strict plans, I'm a rebel at heart.
I am sharing this with you because I want you to know that you don't necessarily have to do a TON of high mileage weeks in order to reach your goals!
For me, quality helps more than quantity.
Are you a high mileage or low mileage runner?
Being a lower mileage runner with 3-4 rest days per week seems to work decently well with my body. But I know TONS of people who do really well with high mileage training plans, so perhaps that's the key to being a fast marathoner? I'd like to try a higher mileage training plan at some point, so if you're a high-mileage runner, tell me if you think it works and I'm curious to hear how you do it without getting injured.