If RUNNING were a video game, I should have just got an extra man or something!!! After 8 miles this morning, I've totalled 1,000 miles for the year so far! That's about the same distance from Kansas City, MO to Monterrey, Mexico.
Now I have to stop and ask myself ... "Jim, in real life would you ever run from Kansas City to Mexico, crossing the border somewhere in Texas?" Because I love breathing air and not being shot by a drug gang at the border ... I'm going to say probably not! But it's something to think about I guess.
Overall, I feel pretty good. My legs feel strong. And the only nagging ache I have is in my left ankle - but I've had that for about six months now, and I know as the weather heats up it will go away. The only other thing is a little tightness in my right upper hamstring near my butt - but I think that's from my stride getting a little long due to trying to run too fast at times. Other than that everything is peachy!!!
I've held the opinion for a while that most runners don't run enough mileage to attain their speed related goals. I think the solution to the "running stronger and faster equation" is logging more miles. And from experience, I can tell you that the two most influential things that made me a stronger runner were adding miles, and additional strength work each week.
As always, here is the disclaimer ... THIS IS ONLY WHAT WORKED FOR ME!!! It might not be for everyone. So if you try tripling your mileage next week and break your leg or something, don't send me a nasty email ... I'm not your friggin' doctor or coach!
... be great today!