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Ben Saarel

June 12, 2014

In this interview, Ben Saarel talks about his freshman year mileage at Colorado under Mark Wetmore:

In high school, I got my mileage up into the 70s. Nowadays it is higher but not significantly higher. My coaches and I understand that it’s a process of becoming a better runner, and bumping my mileage up to 100 a week wouldn’t do me any good in the long term because it might prevent development as well as lead to injury. My mileage has increased probably five to ten miles a week tops, and so I’m now doing about 80 to 85. So it’s been a slow type of progression, and the same with the workouts. I had some tough workouts in high school, but here the intensity is stepped up and I keep reminding myself to recover or take a day off when something is bothering me so I don’t injure myself.

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