I have slowly been increasing my weekly mileage as I prepare to run across The Gambia this summer (up to 80km/week currently). As I have been doing this, I have noticed several (good and bad) changes, which I would like to share:
Running becomes a part of the daily routine: I am finding that I really look forward to my
daily runs. I also find that when I take my rest days it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had my last run and I crave to get out again. Running is one of those sports that is easy to become obsessive with.
Laundry: Running 5 to 6 times per week means a significantly higher amount of stinky laundry to wash each week. I’m thankful for having a washer and dryer here in Canada; not sure if I’ll have this luxury while in The Gambia.
Eating: Burning and extra ~1,000+ calories per day has changed the amount of food I consume. Lots more snacking 🙂
Sleep: The extra miles also mean more rest time. I am noticing that I feel it quite a bit more when I don’t get a full 7 hours per night. No crazy partying for this tired runner.
You get to know the city: Running is my favorite way to explore a new place. It’s fast enough that you can see a lot, but slow enough that you can see a lot of the details that you miss when you are driving. Running in Halifax has been a great way to get to know and see the city, and lots of it.
Chafing in Weird Places: Back, feet, neck, shoulders, back of knees. Somehow this always seems to happen for the oddest things. Bring on the petroleum jelly and body glide!
Dog chews on less of my stuff: I have noticed a big decrease in the amount of chewed socks, pencils, garbage, and so forth since including my dog in the longer distance runs. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog.
It gets easier and easier: The best part about bulking up the running volume would have to be that it only gets easier and easier as you go. At the start of my training program, my long weekend run was 15km. Yesterday, my recovery run was 14km and felt great. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Just wanted to wish you all the best of luck in your Bluenose training for those of you planning on running this May. Maybe you have also experienced some of these to a greater or lesser extent with your training? Remember to join the Love4Gambia team if you are participating in the Bluenose to support the Nova Scotia Gambia Association. If you are not running, please consider supporting my run across The Gambia by clicking on the link on the right hand corner of this page. (Click Love4gambia on the drop down bar of the Canada Helps Website).
Thanks and happy running!