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RE: ULTRA RUNNER experimenting with 220 miles per week
In my transcon races, 300 miles a week is not too much, even for average ultra runners. Long-term benefits seem to accrue as well. But the race situation ensures these runners do little else but run; they are working together (not necessarily willingly); and their world revolves around getting down the road. With high-mileage weeks, it’s often a question of whether there is any joy beyond a certain limit; depression & burnout are real issues. Also the benefit of mileage is more long-term and overall health, etc., less about PRs at shorter distances.
I survived 3 weeks of 385-mile weekly cutoffs at the first 2700-mile in ‘96, and I was average ability.

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