Even so, I compare myself to other runners way too often. My logical brain knows it's detrimental and completely pointless to do this yet I can't seem to help myself sometimes. The reason being, I run a lot less than many other marathon runners and sometimes it starts to freak me out that I am not doing enough, not working hard enough and not putting in enough time.
I hit 45 miles last week and that was the highest so far of this training cycle. Other runners hit 50+ miles a week, every week. I am a far cry from that kind of runner. At times I feel like I should just make myself run more. But I've been injured enough times to know my body has a threshold and it's way below that of some other amazing runners.
I ran 20 miles with Teresa this weekend and we met up with two of our friends for coffee and food afterwards. One of these friends happens to be an all American marathon runner and she won a half marathon here in San Diego last year. Like first place. Overall. That said, we got to talking about training (of course) and it turns out, she never ran over 10 miles in her training before she rain a 3:07 marathon. Crazy, right!?
Or not at all.
This is a perfect illustration of how different we all are. Our bodies thrive on different ways of training just like they thrive on different types of diets. Clearly high mileage training works for many people and then there are people like my speedy friend who are proof that quality is more important than quantity - for her. Some of the best endurance athletes eat a paleo diet while some eat a completely vegan diet. I see that as proof that all of these things work and everyone is right! Yay, can we stop being so divided now?! ;)
|post 8-mile run with mile repeats. #nailedit|
Last Week in Workouts:
Tuesday: 8 miles (4x1600 @ 6:40, 6:36, 6:31, 6:29)
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 7 miles with Ashleigh
Saturday: 20 miles with Teresa (10 on sandy trails and 10 on road)
Sunday: 5 miles with Brittany
Total: 45 miles
I have been completely winging my training so far and not following any sort of plan except one I am devising in my head on the fly. If it all pans out, then I guess I'd make an excellent run coach! ;)
Do you ever compare yourself to other runners?
Are they usually people on the internet or real life?