|Mile after mile in the brutal Kansas City summer humidity|
94% humidity on Saturday ... 96% humidity on Sunday ... can make the summer marathon training a grind!!!
Now, does 300 miles in a month automatically mean a BQ ... not at all. There were a few months when my mileage totals were huge, nearing 400, and I simply ran poor races. So it's definitely not a given. But usually 300 miles of running in a month builds a certain toughness, both mentally and physically for me. And it's been my experience more often than not, it helps get me over the hump in those final miles of 26.2 when I want to dial it back or quit.
The high mileage is not for everyone. And it's not easy. I incorporate a ton of supplemental workouts to strengthen support muscles to keep me healthy as my body absorbs all of the pounding. And certain training plans, like the Hanson Method, operate counter to this idea by greatly reducing mileage during training. But what works for me, is bulking up on the miles so that on race day, there is no doubt in my mind that I'll finish, but rather how fast. And hopefully with all the miles I've ran during training this Summer, fast races are awaiting this Fall too.
... Be Great Today!