Lately, I have been thinking about what I will be doing the rest of this year running wise. I usually do not like setting out specific weekly mileage, but I won't sit here and lie and say I do not think about it non-stop. I like numbers, I like stats, anyone that reads this log knows that I do. I know every mile (roughly of course) that I have ran since Jan. 1st 2007. I keep track of it on paper, running2win.com, as well as on this blog. I study past workouts, mileage, and everything in between. I am becoming more and more aware of what works for me and how I run fast.
Here is a rough week to week mileage plan for the rest of this year and shortly into 2011:
Oct. 18 - Oct. 24: 113-116 (Aquinas meet, naturally low due to a race week)
Oct. 25 - Oct. 31: 120-122
Nov. 1 - Nov. 7: 115 (Conference week)
Nov. 8 - Nov. 14: 115 (Off week before Nationals)
Nov. 15 - Nov. 21: 100-110 (Nationals week, pending if I can get a long run in Sunday morning after the race)
Nov. 22 - Nov. 28: 120 (At least one 3 hour run this week)
Nov. 29 - Dec. 5: 130 (50 Mile Trail Championships)
Dec. 6 - Dec. 12: 130 (Maintain mileage the week after)
Dec. 13 - Dec. 19: 140
Dec. 20 - Dec. 26: 150 (This has to include a long Christmas day run)
Dec. 27 - Jan. 2: 150
Jan. 3 - Jan. 9: 140 (Frozen Sasquatch 50k)
After this, I am not sure what direction I will be going. It looks like I am peaking or saving up for the Frozen Sasquatch race but I really am not. I will be doing it for fun more or less, with intentions of winning of course.
It might seem like I am setting myself up for failure. Maybe so. But, I am knowledgeable of people that do this type of mileage, the way I will be doing it. I know what they do and what happened to them. I know their weaknesses and I plan to avoid those things. If I just stay in my head and really listen to myself, I will be fine.
In fact, after the 50 Miler, I might just feel like taking it easy. But, with the way I see things currently, I will not want to do that. My body might make me though.....
My aspirations and goals run away with themselves. 200 mile weeks are in the 6 month future.