24 May '12, 1pm

What are the pros and cons for college runners racking up high mileage?

What are the pros and cons for college runners racking up high mileage?

proved more than a half century ago that running more mileage can pay big benefits. It's the key to building a strong aerobic base and can lead to huge time drops, especially during the cross country season or in the 10,000m on the track. But there are many reasons that suggest it's not an easy task for a collegiate distance runner. The biggest dangers are the risk of overuse injuries, becoming flat from overtraining and mental burnout. These factors, combined with a relative lack of time, lead most college runners to run more moderate volume, typically between 60 and 90 miles per week as upperclass-men. But a handful of the current crop of college runners have been putting in some serious volume, proving weeks of 100-plus miles aren't just for marathoners. The current poster child of the high-mileage approach is Southern Utah's Cameron Levins . The fifth-year senior has b...

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