My fourth week of training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon was a success on multiple levels. I pushed my body to levels I haven’t hit in a while, finishing the week with 50 miles in 7 hours, 4 minutes, and 40 seconds of runnings (average of 8:26/mile). On faster tempo runs, I hit my target paces, and I did my long run of 14 miles at an 8:26 pace. The coming week is another high volume week before a slight drop down week for recovery. I am at 140 miles, so far, for August and building the volume to build confidence in my ability to cover the marathon distance.
Rather than focus on the physical successes of this week, of which there are many, I want to think more through the mental aspects, benefits, and risks of this training. This week, of the more than 7 hours I spent running, all but about 2 hours and 20 minutes of that time was spent running alone. Continue reading