Tim Twietmeyer ran the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run a mind-boggling 25 times under 24 hours. In their February 2007 issue, Runner’s World magazine published Twietmeyer’s training log from 1996, one of the five years he won the race. I recall being surprised at the time by how many single-digit numbers appeared on those lines and how reasonable his weekly totals appeared. Granted, Twietmeyer lives near the finish line in Auburn, California and probably ran most of those miles on the Western States course so even a short run was likely a quality run.
Looking at it again, I’m also struck by how few zeroes there are. He may not have been racking up Krupicka-esque mileage, and some of his runs don’t appear to be any longer than my occasional grocery store runs, but Twietmeyer was getting out there nearly every day.
There’s a lesson there that I wanted to share before this magazine heads to the recycling bin en route to becoming a pizza box.