To­tal Mileage Buildup

Canadian Running - - RUNNING THE NUMBERS - Graydon Snider is a data sci­en­tist with a PhD in at­mo­spheric physics. He is also an ac­com­plished dis­tance run­ner.

By con­trast, long-run plan­ning is more straight­for­ward, al­though with con­sid­er­ably more vari­a­tion, as in­di­cated by the er­ror bars. No mat­ter the skill level, plans build to a max­i­mum train­ing dis­tance of around 32k three weeks be­fore race day. The f irst f ive weeks are rel­a­tively f lat, and I in­ter­pret this as a tem­po­rary com­pen­sa­tion of in­tro­duc­tory speed work and more to­tal mileage build. One should avoid mak­ing too many changes at once, which is why high mileage hap­pens sooner (seven weeks out) than when long runs peak.

So, what have we learned? First, that one can some­times dis­cover univer­sal t ra in­ing pat­terns through sim­ple av­er­ag­ing, hence a wis­dom of the masses. Sec­ond, you can trust a plan that guides you grace­fully up (then down) in your mileage goals, as il­lus­trated here.

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