“What was the secret, they wanted to know; in a thousand different ways they wanted to know The Secret. And not one of them was prepared, truly prepared to believe that it had not so much to do with chemicals and zippy mental tricks as with that most unprofound and sometimes heart-rending process of removing, molecule by molecule, the very tough rubber that comprised the bottoms of his training shoes. The Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials. How could they be expected to understand that?” - John L. Parker Jr., 'Once a Runner'
We runners love numbers. How far, how fast, how much, how little. Numbers define us; they distinguish us.
The most important number to me will be the one that the clock reads this Sunday when I cross the finish line in Chicago.
Until then, these are the numbers that show what I have done to prepare.
The BLT Fall/'White'/Chicago cycle: 23 weeks; 161 days; 06 May - 13 Oct
Tune-up races and relays: 7 including PBs at 5 (15:55), 6 (19:30), 10 (33:25), 15 (52:05) and 21.1K (1:13:00)
Double days: 18
Long runs of 30+K: 10
Runs of 20+K: 47
Workouts (hills, intervals or tempo): 22
Days off: 4
Total mileage: 3000+K; ~135K/week; ~19K/day
*Note: These numbers are accurate as of today (07 Oct) and do not include the 6 remaining days of the cycle which will account for a further ~75K as well as 2 additional days off... and if all goes well, a new Personal Best at 42.2K