Miles and Time

A postscript to Sunday’s race. Anna and me were 4th in our division (100 to 119 combined years). which is pretty good going in that field. It’s the closest I’ve yet come to an AG award in anything other than a small local race. Our official time was 44:25, which enabled me refine my estimated split time to 22:00. That poorly self-timed figure does not qualify as a PR, but it’s an interesting measure of how I’m improving at the awful 5K distance.

It seems that, of my immediate running buddies, Joe, Kati, Dan all have 5K PRs within a few seconds of this figure, so we may have a 5K shootout in the near future.

Joe came across an interview with Peter Gilmore, who is a speedy.runner from San Mateo. He runs 100 to 150 miles per week. My initial reaction was ‘Well yeah, elites do that, and they do two workouts per day, too”  But then I wondered what this meant in terms of time expended. According to Jack Daniels, the time you spend running is a better measure of training volume than miles run. The various paces we run at, easy, marathon, tempo and so on, are in proportion to our race paces, so I just need to make a wild assumption that Peter’s mix of easy and fast running is similar to mine. It’s now simple to calculate an equivalent mileage for me that takes the same number of hours as his 100 to 150

Peter’s time in the Chinese New Year 10K was 0:31:16, and mine was 0:47:18,
Divide his time by mine to get 0.66 .
Multiplying 100 – 150 miles per week by 0.66 gives me 66 – 99 miles per week.

Now that does not look so outlandish, does it? I’ve visited the lower regions of that range when peaking for marathons. If I did two workouts on some days, like many elites do, I’d probably be approaching that 99 figure.
Not that more is always better of course, increasing mileage has been good to me thus far….


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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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