Back in 2012, I felt I was ready to tackle the California International Marathon… and then the storm came in, with wind gusts hitting upwards of 50 mph and rain ankle deep on certain parts of the course. Not the ideal conditions for running my best marathon, however I could have written it off to bad weather and accepted that. During my recovery week I started to look at my training, and asked around with people who have achieved something I have never felt I have done yet: running strong through a marathon.
During that week of emailing sub 2:50:00 marathon runners, and searching online and through books on marathon training programs, I was introduced to high-volume mileage training. At the time I was a 40-50 mile per week runner who wasn’t able to crack the 3:30:00 mark, and specifically in regards to The San Francisco Marathon I had 3 years with times of 4:26:xx, 3:56:xx, and 3:53:xx. I wanted to be able to accomplish so much more.
One of the runners who I credit in helping me, Chris Kovalchick (SFM Ambassador ’12 & ’13), told me his story about converting to high mileage running and running a minimum of 70 miles a week. Previously he too was a 40-50 mile a week guy and running decently, but then he turned to high mileage and is now running in the 2:40s at any given marathon.
Before diving two feet in, I did have my reservations for high-volume training. I was doubtful, but for me running for the coveted Boston Qualifying time was worth it. I personally didn’t just want to be a marathoner, I wanted to be a Boston Qualifier, and eventually be a Boston Marathon Finisher! […]