So, how does one safely increase their mileage without injury? Well…I am here to tell you that it can be done, safely. Be patient with yourself and with your body and see what happens! Here are a few benefits I’ve personally experienced from safely upping my mileage over the last few years.
–Safely increasing your mileage and running distance will actually make you stronger. You know that saying…if running is difficult. RUN MORE. This lesson applies to anything in life. Sooner or later it won’t become such a chore to you anymore and you will be running miles like it’s nothing. Running for me is like breathing, it’s like my coffee in the morning. Starting a day with a run just makes my day better. Once it becomes a part of your lifestyle, you will get BETTER at it. Trust me.
–Running more means you will gradually get faster. Hello new PRs! I have to tell you that before last year I had hit a running plateau. Simply because I was doing the same thing day in and day out and expecting different results. The game changer for me was not only running FASTER, but slowly but surely running more. It eventually broke the plateau and I ran a 3:47 marathon in December. Breaking 3:50 was something I never, EVER thought I was capable of doing. So believe in yourself and believe that you can run more and do more with your running. You will surprise yourself and naturally will improve.
–Running more improves your efficiency and running economy overall. This goes hand in hand with mixing things up and cross training, but running more will get your body used to the routine of pounding the pavement. One of my favorite things to do when increasing mileage is breaking up my run and running twice a day. I do a bulk of my training in the morning and then do a typically shorter/faster run in the evenings after work. Doing doubles will help your body recover faster and breaking it up really helps when you have a lot of mileage to tackle all in one day. Plus, when you’re a working girl like myself it absolutely helps to break it up. Because yes, I wish I had time to just RUN ALL DAY. But I’ve gotta go make that money, honey.
–And remember…what is high mileage for YOU may not be the same as someone else. Please don’t get caught up in the *who is running more than who* TRAP. Because that is exactly what it is. Social media and especially Instagram makes us all think we should be doing more or should be running faster. Kind of like a dog and pony show. What you are looking at on social media is someone’s highlight reel. Put your head down, train your ass off and do your own thing. Do what works for YOU. And never forget that.
How is your training going? Do you ever get caught up in the social media/running comparison trap?