The longest week

So it begins …

1-Running Log for Running Workouts  MapMyRun - Google Chrome 20130430 125041 PMThe only way really to simulate the demands of Comrades without running it and without breaking down:  The highest mileage and hardest work week, at the end of 4 weeks of increasing mileage and effort work. My target is the Comrades run distance of  87 km.

There are still 5 days to go and will include for me a long run, of ~44 km with little flat and 4 hills, up and down.

For the first 10 km today I was in a not-good deep-effort zone. Had they been the measure, I would have had to scale back.

But a surge released and  lifted me through the last 8 km.  Great. I’ll take that and run with it, as it were.

A signal that my training process is working so far.

From now I’ll take it hour by hour, km by km, sleep by sleep, drink by glass of water, meal by salad, and see how far I can push.

But maybe I won’t mow the lawn too often.

Number Stories

What stories do the log-book numbers tell?

1-Weekly mileageDistance

77 km in the Two Oceans week, 33 easy the next, then 56 and 65 km building to 80+ km longest week. It’s not a lot by the hero runner standards by it is more than the minimum and just a tiny bit less than what I can handle, I hope.

The tension: Two weeks of longer running left before this years Comrades. The old dilemma returns: I want to do more but I don’t want to do too much. Just 1 km, even one step can be too much and push me into  overdoing. overcooking territory. With that too much training flies out the window. I’m nervous.

Accumulations

Another story is how they add together. All theose kilometers, those training miles, add together. If I don’t do too many, they’ll get me to the Comrades’ finish line. They are great enablers those humble, foot on the road steps

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The pay-off :  And then there is the richness of the long running moment. The song of waterfalls, the flap of feet on tar, the belly-filling warmth of the rising sun, a mind unclogged, a soul tuned to the song of the universe, tight,rippling, responsive. And still more ….