So I decided to e-mail my coach at the Run SMART Project. I told him I wanted to increase my weekly mileage and throw a 20 miler in there (since there isn’t one on the plan). Vince, the co-founder of the Run SMART Program and my “coach”, e-mailed me back with such sound advice, I know I have to take it:
I’m really happy to hear things are going well! Under normal circumstances I would think about slipping in that 20 miler and getting the mileage up. In this case I went back and reviewed that last email you sent me… If you’re healthy and running strong, my gut tells me you should continue to follow the plan for 3 or 4 more weeks before we make any changes. I would rather be safe than sorry. Hitting that extra 2 miles on the long run presents a lot of risk for the potential fitness gain and I want to make sure you don’t wind up injured again. The same is true of the added mileage. Would you be willing to give it a few more weeks and check back in? I feel like that would give us a little insurance.
Co-founder, The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, LLC.
Okay, Vince, you got me. I know he knows his stuff and of course my biggest concern is remaining injury-free. It is just so difficult to hold back when you feel so great. Last night I was supposed to run 5 miles and I ran 7. I bet Vince wouldn’t be too happy about that. I better stick to the plan even if it means <40 miles a week from time to time. I so badly want to be hitting 50 though!