When I returned to my marathon training 6 weeks ago, I decided that I needed to vary my usual training. I usually schedule every third or fourth week as an easy week. But after 4 weeks of running less than 20 miles a week while dealing with and recovering from my back injury, I decided that I needed 6 straight weeks of decent training with no easy weeks. Could I do it without developing some type of injury?
This morning on my way to work, I looked at my mileage for the 6 weeks. Assuming I run what is scheduled for tomorrow, I will have run an average of slightly over 42 miles a week with no week below 40. And I feel fine!
I'm not in super shape but I am in pretty darn good shape. My Utah marathon is 15 days away. Tapering starts next week. I'm curious as to what time I'm going to run as my usual training regimen includes speedwork and races that allow me to predict my marathon time. The lack of speedwork might slow my pace but the solid endurance work might keep me from fading at the end. I guess we'll find out in 15 days.