After reducing my miles to less than 30 over the last few weeks to rest, I have again increased my miles this week; I have set my running schedule and events that I would like to race; however, I have done this before in the distant past. Five years ago I upped my miles to around a 100 per week. This was just before a slew of injuries plagued me. I am smarter these days. And yes, I am much older. But, the key difference between the old me and the new me is “sense.” I actually listen to my body — kinda, sorta…. My training week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday. My typical run will be an 8 – 12 mile run, with a longer run on Sundays. Though I took yesterday off, I have already logged 4o miles this week; I still have today and two more days to add 40 to 45 more miles. With classes coming to an end, my schedule is now open to log higher miles. I am hoping to put in 70 – 100 miles per week this summer. We shall see how that will work with some of my academic travels.
My favorite place to run is on a dirt path that circles the Campus of Rice University; it is an easy place to run due to the diversity of runners out there. Runners range from newbies to very fit and athletic men with no shirts on — to women in nothing but a sports bra. Traffic can be heavy at times. Which brings me to my three points:
- Why do people allow their dogs to poop in such a popular well populated area? The number of runners, walkers, and bikers here is notable. By rule, I always pick up after my dog Abbey. It is polite.
- Men and women that run with their baby in a baby stroller are the coolest people out there; I find myself jealous of them. Men always look cool running with a stroller; I suspect a few are looking for attention. I love the double strollers.
- Why do some runners feel a need to prove they own narrow running paths? I kill myself to maneuver around slower runners. On my last run, I witnessed a male runner spit towards the path and not away.