Running 20 miles a day?

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Is this realistic, even if you’re in good shape?

I was talking to someone on the phone last week, and she said “I run 20 miles a day”

At first I said “Wow, that’s like a marathon every day” (I know a marathon is 25 or 26.)

I was curious, so I asked “Do you mean 20 miles every day, or like every other day, or 4 or 5 times a week?”
She seemed to side step the question, started talking about some guy she worked with, and every time she saw him they would compare how far they were going.

I listened for a moment, and then, more to see if she would avoid answering again, I rephrased and asked again.
She did avoid answering, just went back to more or less repeating the story about the guy.

That’s like 100 miles a week, professional ath stuff I’d think, and she’s not a professional, or training for anything.

I don’t care about her per se, but 20 miles seems kind of high for more than a once in a while thing.

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Your BS detector should have been activated by this tall tale. Nowadays many olympic level elite runners LIMIT their miles to around 100-120 miles per week. A non-profeassional would be nuts to try to run that type of mileage…unless, let’s say, it’s the last week or two before a serious competitive marathon. If she was serious and not just a mediocre jogger who runs, say 7-minute-miles, that’d mean she ran about 2.5 hours per day. Who has that sort of time?

FQWIW, as a former runner from Boston area, I used to read and listen to whatever the serious runners like Bill Rodgers, who had a running store in Boston at the time. That store was like a runner’s Mecca. I think at his peak, he ran about 125 miles per week and he was a pro!

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Perhaps she meant km? That would bring it down to a little less than 12 1/2 mi. Still pretty high but not outrageous.

I have friends who are marathoners. They do not go 20 mi/day even when they are in intensive training because your body needs rest and they have other things to do than hand over up to 4 hours/day to running, every single day. They have lives outside of running.

Walking 20 mi is even longer, of course. A slow-paced walker takes 30 mins/mile so that would of course be a 10-hr slog.

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That does seem like an awful lot, Chai. I run 20-25 miles, maybe, in a full week. I don’t run every single day though, and she runs in 1 day what I run typically in 1 week’s time (so she says).

The next time you speak with her, ask her how often she has to replace her running shoes. Her answer will tell you a lot. I replace mine about every 3 months, which equates to about every 250-300 miles. You can get a few more miles out of your shoes than that; I just choose not to. At the rate she is going, she would need to replace hers about every 2 weeks in order to not kill her feet, knees, IT bands, etc. Even then, I would think she is bound to suffer orthopedically over time. A good pair of running shoes is by no means cheap. You cannot use a typical pair of tennis shoes. I only buy Brooks shoes, although I am sure there are other good brands out there. That is just what works best for me. So ask her what brand shoes she buys, also.

Anywho, I vote that she is probably not being honest with ya on that. Unless, of course, she is super woman.

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Of course it’s high. You have been talking with a wannabe obsessive, not an easy task, given delusions.

I’m not a runner now, but I used to follow running, and I take this as both lying and benighted.

Maybe I’m not up to date on those that run huge miles.

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I don’t think she’d have time to run 20 miles a day and I think she was bs-ing you. Her avoidance to your two direct questions is a clear indication of that… and most runners/joggers don’t do it every day – you need to give yourself a day to allow any torn muscles to heal (from what I’m told)… and she’s not a prof. athlete, so I think she’s full of it.

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