Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Go the Distance

Posted by CheapRunnerMike
Last week was a record-setting week. As I continue to train for the Chicago Marathon in October I need to make sure I keep upping my mileage. Last week I ran more kilometres in a week than ever before with 83, and I also had my longest individual run with 25K.

That's right...epic.

It felt good to see these totals at the end of the week, and it feels even better to feel good after all that mileage. Lets hope it continues and this will be another record-breaking week. The general rule of thumb is to up your mileage by 10% week over week, but that isn't always the best idea...you really need to know your body and listen to it. Jason Fitzgerald at StrengthRunning.com doesn't neccesarily agree with the 10% rule and says the following;

Be more conservative when you’re in unchartered territory. When you start running more than you have ever run before, you are in a potential danger zone. Your body has never run so many miles and a long adjustment period is probably necessary. If you’re running high mileage – anything over 50 or 60 miles per week – then you probably need at least 3-4 weeks of adjustment at each level before increasing.

Certainly sound advice. I have learned this lesson before the hard way, thinking that I am doing great with my increased mileage only to end up hurting myself. Interestingly enough, I am now right at that 50 to 60 miles per week zone he is talking about. Best to play it safe right now, even though I would love to go out and add a whole bunch of extra miles! Man, running can be so addictive...


With the long weekend behind us we are now officially into detox rehab cottage season, and that means campfire time. You can't beat a good campfire, whether it is as a kid looking forward to roasting marshmallows and making s'mores or as an adult just sitting around enjoying time with friends.

Campfire Prep...that's a lot of wood

One of my favourite things about the campfire is the chance to get out my guitar and sing a few tunes...anything from U2 to Jimmy Buffett to Zac Brown. My tastes are pretty broad...

My best Rock Star impersonation

In the end though, the campfire is about friends, family and good times together. That's what makes it so enjoyable...not the flames inside the fire pit, but the people around the fire pit.

What are your favourite campfire tunes?

Who would you want to have at your campfire?



  1. theblondehairblueeyedrunnerMay 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Great running week! I love camp fires for the smores!!

  2. Now you're giving away our Caramilk secret!

  3. My favourtie campfire song would have to be Stuie From the Emerald Isle lol!