I am a freshman girl who had some success in cross country running thirty miles a week during the summer. I have had a great track season so far with the same mileage. I have never been injured and I think I can handle more mileage as I (and I hope this isn’t an overshare but I know it can be relevant when coaching girls) began puberty in 7th grade and have had a regular period since 8th grade. I’m kinda of tallish at 5’7 and definitely have a more muscular build then the average cross country runner weighing between 120-122. I tend to bulk up in my legs so I avoid the weights and instead focus on body resistance exercises.
I have a great track coach but when it comes to cross country he is the first one to admit he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He is also anti mileage. He says anything over 30 miles a week for a girl is too much. However, I have a teammate she’s going to be a junior who is going from 50 miles a week this year to a goal of 70 miles this summer. I’ve read the boards and I’ve done my own research reading about the Daniels approach to training as well as others but I truly don’t know how many miles I should be doing over the summer.
1. Is my track coach right in saying we only have so many miles in our body before it gives out and he doesn’t want to send a runner to college who has years and years of “excessive mileage” on their legs.
2. Or is the more miles the better approach the way to go? As long as I feel fresh and don’t end up with injury just run what I feel?
3. How do I find out that secret spot where I can really know how much mileage is too much and what is enough.
Sorry for all the questions but I really appreciate the help!