28 Apr '15, 10pm

NCAA champ Leah O’Connor says, ‘I’m just now falling in love with running’

NCAA champ Leah O’Connor says, ‘I’m just now falling in love with running’

Every year the amount I’m running has increased, but it’s been in small chunks. When I redshirted my freshman year, I ran 35 miles a week the whole year and my longest run was 56 minutes. I did not have a base. So that year was just building a base and learning how to train. I usually use my summers as my time to build back into mileage and then increase mileage a little bit. Cross country pushes me out of a lot of comfort zones but having Rachele Schulist to train with has been huge. She’s pretty young and really good at tempo, and that has absolutely made me a better athlete, just being able to train with someone who is strong at something I would usually struggle with. My mileage has increased about ten miles per week each year, so I’m now at 70 to 75. I’ve built it up but have always kept in mind where I was at with my intensity and have had a lot of communication with...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/college-runner-profiles/ncaa-...

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