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Friday, September 9, 2011

High Killage & My Second Puberty

So I've been running more than ever before. I've crossed the magical, well at least I think it is magical, 100km/week barrier and I'm wondering what to expect.  I've had some time to think about this while running, and I kind of feel like I'm going through puberty. Again. I swear.

I mean, I'm into completely uncharted territory and I don't know what I'll be like once I come out the other end, if there is indeed another end. I suppose by this logic most new things I've attempted in the past are much like puberty, but when it comes to physiological and physical trickery, these things truly feel like puberty. I used to lift weights, but the outcome from that is pretty standard: muscle mass. This time I'm working hard at refining what is inside of me, and until I deliver results, I have no idea just what I'm doing.

I will say the following however, as I can tell some things have changed:
  • I can essentially eat nearly anything I want above my standard healthy eating. 20 beers in one week? Sure. Mounds of fudge oatmeal bars? Why not! Copious amounts of pulled pork? Bring it on. I managed to eat enough for a small family last week and put on, gasp, one whole pound of body weight. And already it's coming right off.
  • My long runs, though a few kills shorter than last month, have become immensely easier. I used to average 4:50 to 5:00 per km for distances ranging from 15km to 20km. Not anymore folks, not anymore. My last two long runs of 17km have both been at an average of 4:40/km, a whopping 15 seconds faster per km over my 20km long run in August. I'm able maintain a relatively faster pace for a much longer distance now.
  • My legs are tired, nearly all the time, but I can still crank out the mileage and faster stuff week after week. Weird, isn't it?
I've got a race this weekend and as I mentioned in my previous post, I have no idea how that is going to go. I could find out I've got entirely new legs and wings, or I've got leaden shoes on my feet. Exciting and scary at the same time.

Have you logged 100km+ per week in the past? What benefits did you notice, I'm new to all this and would love to hear from others.


  1. 100k a week is not exactly high. I mean, it's all relative, so if that's the most you've ever done, it's high for you. But you'll probably adapt pretty quick and it will feel normal. Then you'll have to move up to 120!

  2. John, you're absolutely right, it's entirely relative. And for some reason I feel compelled to mark my first 100km week, but not my first 90km, or 80km, there's something magical about 100. Sigh.

  3. well, it's a nice, pretty number. And we all like nice, pretty numbers.


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