When the ridiculous becomes the routineFebruary 26, 2014
Yesterday I went for a total of 8 runs. Today I did 7 more.
This isn’t intended as bragging. Some of the runs were only half a mile, and none exceeded 3.5 miles. But they do add up.
Reed, from Tucson, Ariz., has an unorthodox approach. With no coach, no nutritionist and no training schedule, she simply runs as much as she can – up to five times a day. For a mother of three, that means in the middle of the night, in between errands, or during her son’s soccer practice.
When I first heard about this, I thought, “That’s ridiculous. Can’t she just carve out the time to do one or two ‘proper’ runs per day?”
It doesn’t seem so ridiculous anymore.
Before my left Achilles tendon gave out in 2010, I had adopted a Reed-like approach to commuting. But that was just a single 6-mile run on an easy day, or two of them on a harder day.
Fast-forward to today. I’ve moved to a different home, my Achilles is healthy again, I’m splitting my work time between UW’s main campus and a lab at the south end of Lake Union, and I have child drop-off/pick-up duties. All of this leads to itineraries like yesterday’s:
7:20 AM: B.F. Day (my son’s school) to South Lake Union (SLU), 2.5 miles
8:30 AM: SLU to Padelford Hall, 3.5 miles
11:25 AM: Padelford to Guggenheim Hall, 0.5 miles
12:20 PM: Guggenheim to Padelford, 0.5 miles
12:40 PM: Padelford to SLU, 3.5 miles
1:55 PM: SLU to Hitchcock Hall, 3 miles
3:45 PM: Hitchcock to Padelford, 1 mile
6:00 PM: Padelford to B.F. Day, 3 miles
You may ask whether I’m getting in any speedwork. Yes, I am. A couple of times per week, I’ll find myself late for an appointment across town, so that leg becomes a hard “tempo run.”
It remains to be seen whether I can translate this routine into decent race results. Pam Reed managed to win Badwater twice and set American records for distance covered over 24 and 48 hours, so I suppose there’s hope for me as well.