Managing a Big Mileage Increase
Going from about 25km a week to almost 100km a week over the span of just a month and a bit has meant walking a fine line between doing as much running as I can and doing just that little bit too much.
The result of running too much, too fast is always an injury. Given that I was coming off just such an injury heading into this epic adventure, I knew that paying close attention to what my body was telling me would be key to surviving the first month.
Early on that meant a slower pace and some lower mileage days as my Achilles tendon continued to complain just a little bit. My calves and shins also got in on the action, letting me know that they weren’t thrilled with daily running and the increase in distance and stress.
Over a decade of running provides me with a lot of experience and knowledge of when to push through and when to stop. Some days I thought things were getting really close to the “stop” side of the equation, but deep massage, rolling and other self-treatment got me through.
Lately, it’s been blisters that are my nemisis. I generally haven’t had issues with blisters over my running career, but as the toe box of my preferred shoes (New Balance 860) has narrowed over the years, I’ve started experiencing occasional issues.
Blisters are quite manageable if you pay attention. I swapped out my socks recently for a couple of new pairs which is probably a factor, and the heat also makes for some foot swelling and sweatiness that can also lead to blister issues. They are the same Wrightsock Coolmesh II double layer sock as I’ve always used, but new pairs are always a bit thicker than the old pairs they are replacing.
Running everyday means that sometimes I’m running the day after a blister develops and my usual treatment for that is to use physio tape to wrap it and protect it from more rubbing. That worked well on my 12km run today and I’ll test that method further tomorrow.