• Mark Villani


Updated: Jan 20, 2020

October 1st. Two months into training.


So.. I’m definitely not used to this. 

I used to run somewhere around 30 kilometres every week. Now, I find myself running double that amount. 

The extra volume has certainly been a challenge and it requires a lot of maintenance. 

Imagine for a moment having to run at least 10 kilometres or more each day just to maintain fitness and speed.

Then, imagine running up a hill? I know what you're thinking..

"Oh yes, what a wonderful idea you have there, Mark! DO IT FOR THE GRAM!"

Don't get me wrong here.. whoever invented stairs... solid idea, bro! But why on earth would people think it's fun to run up them?

It's fine though.. I'm 25 years-old and naturally naive enough to believe I'm unstoppable (CLEARLY)! So let's add some intervals into the mix..

Again.. as you can see in the video below... they're RIDICULOUSLY EASY! I ran a hard eight minutes and I barely even broke a sweat ;)

Fast forward about 45 minutes... SEE!!! SO EASY!

For elite runners this seems like almost nothing, but I’m not elite — at least not yet. 

Thankfully for me.. I've got my own professional team (AKA my nephew Evan) to help dry the crazy amount of sweat of my body when I can't move anymore! ;)

OK.. so it’s a lot of stress on the body. 

On average I take 10,000 steps for every single hour of running and with each step there’s a great deal of force placed on my joints. 

According to the Saucony shoe company (*cough SPONSOR ME PLS I LOVE YOUR SHOES*cough)...

“A force of up to three times body weight can be exerted on the human foot while running.” 

For example, a person weighing 670 newtons (or in English about 150 pounds) can experience forces of up to seven times their body weight with every step. 

So... for a guy like me who weighs 167 pounds, my body takes the brunt of more than 1,000 pounds of force in every single stride I take. 

That’s a lot of pressure on my muscles and especially in areas like my calves, lower back, and shoulders. 

On average, I take about 100,000 steps every single week during my runs, so it takes its toll — but that’s not all. 

When we combine running with my new plyometrics strength routine (which is all jumps and squats) I can barely walk at the end. 

I look like such a goof...

The muscles definitely need some adjusting to this new training schedule. Often I can be seen limping around the day following a high intensity interval and strength workout, so I’ve sought out some expert help. 

Meet my new best friend and also my worst enemy: my massage therapist, Brett. 

He’s the guy in the background digging his elbows into my calves as I scream internally... I only cried once... or maybe three or four times that session? Perhaps I even cried on the drive home because it was too painful to use my calves to place my foot on the gas pedal...  

You’ll never know ;) 

Thankfully it’s “Mr. Lacrosse Ball” to the rescue to loosen up the muscles even more. 

Then it’s time for ridiculous portions of Voltaren emulgel that I’ve been using as if it were sunscreen. 

My body is sore, but I’ve realized the most important thing is movement and blood flow go keep the muscles fresh. 

It’s even more important to hydrated — something I’m lacking severely!

As I entered my fourth week of training I realized I was drinking less than two litres of water each day. 

My doctor tells me I need to bring that up number up to at least a gallon a day to ensure my muscles don’t tense up nearly as much. 

My lack of hydration has gotten so bad that I’ve even followed the Twitter account, @drinkwaterho

I get their tweet notifications to send me daily reminders to drink water. 

Oddly motivational...

As you can see the messages are harsh, but surprisingly effective. 

This month made for a much better result because of that. 

I stayed focussed, ran even faster intervals and managed to walk afterwards without looking like some sort of drunk penguin. 

It’s all about progress and baby steps (literally) to get fine tuned to this new reality. 

The journey to Boston is just beginning

RUNNING STATS (October, 2019 - First two weeks)

Week 10 - 41.48 miles (66.756 km)

Week 11 - 41.04 miles (66.047 km)

Total distance to date  - 457.18 miles  (735.76km)

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