Well today marked the 24th consecutive day of running.
Wow..I just had to read that back. I haven't been this consistent since September last year. It's has been going really well with weeks of 33, 43 and 47 miles yet things tailed off this past week due to the fact I was out of the country on business and the best I could do for 2-3 days was 15-20 minutes of jogging.
Still I managed to clock in at just under 38 miles with a 2hr+ run on Sunday but I know that from this week there is every chance I could hit 50+ miles simply by continuing to build fitness and aim for a 2 hour run, couple of 75-90 minute run days and the rest nice and easy. It's odd that only a few weeks ago I would have looked at this and thought "There is no way I can get there" but now I have begun to think very differently.
So far this period of running has taught me to be patient, run within myself, let the pace come to me and focus on recovering from each run. I am not looking to take rest days at this point mainly due to the fact the runs are focused on recovery and building fitness and a aerobic base for the months ahead.
Now there is the small details of what races I want to do next year.
28 Sep - 15 miles, 2:10:51, 8:49 pace, avg HR 143
29 Sep - 7+ miles, 58:26, 8:20 pace, avg HR 142
30 Sep - 4.8 miles, 40:20, 8:26 pace, avg HR 140