Meet Eric Ashe.
A former Boston University runner, he now competes for the Boston Athletic Association. Eric recently completed the 2017 Boston Marathon, finishing as the 25th overall male in a time of 2:23:26. Compared to training in the brutal Northeast winter, the temperatures the day of the race were hot, which made for less than ideal running conditions. Nevertheless, Eric persevered.
In preparation for the race Eric ran upwards of 100 miles a week on top of working full-time as the Head of Fulfillment at Tracksmith, a running apparel company based out of Wellesley.
To be elite, you need elite data. See what a typical day looks like for Eric and how he does it all while walking the fine line between training hard and avoiding burnout.
Eric’s PRs include:
Marathon – 2:17
5:13/mi, Olympic “B” standard
10k – 29:40
3k Steeplechase – 8:40
4:38/mi, Olympic “B” Standard
Wake up, check Recovery, prepare for the workout.
68%. It’s rare that Eric wakes up with a Green Recovery. Usually, he’s Yellow, which isn’t too bad considering the amount of work he puts in on a daily basis.
But today, Green Recovery means go, and his body is prepared to take on a high amount of activity for the day.
Marathon Monday averages about 50℉, which is fair weather for runners. But training year-round in Boston isn’t for the weak. January through March is a cold, bitter time of year with snowstorms, minimal sunshine, and freezing temps.
If you want to succeed, you get out of bed and do the work anyway.
Morning Workout @ Harvard University
Any serious runner knows that speed work is key to building strength and aerobic capacity, improving form, and preparing mentally for race day.
3 mile warmup
3 mile cool down
Total morning mileage: 11
Run hard, work hard.
While a handful of professional runners train for a living, Eric is among the emerging group of runners who have nationally ranked times and are typically sponsored in some fashion, but don’t have the luxury of a major brand contract to pay all the bills.
Currently, Eric is the Head of Fulfillment and Logistics at Tracksmith Running, a brand based out of Wellesley that sells retro-inspired, high quality running apparel. Think J. Crew or Brooks Brothers, but for running.
When you’re burning thousands of calories a day, food becomes a sacred thing. Missing a meal throws off your whole day.
Eric uses his lunch break to review his WHOOP stats for the day, and to take a closer look at his workout from the morning so he knows how his body is doing.
Evening Shakeout Run
Doubling is a fantastic way to increase volume while preventing burnout and breaking up the monotony of running too many miles at once.
Tonight, Eric adds 5 easy recovery miles at 7:15 pace. That puts Eric at 16 miles for the day.
Ice, rest, recover.
Runners live in a perpetual state of being uncomfortable. Eric prioritizes Recovery, which includes refueling with plenty of food, stretching, rolling, and icing before bed.
18.3 Day Strain
3,451 calories burned
A max heart rate of 185.
Eric’s Sleep Coach notifies him that he’ll need 9 hours and 3 minutes of Sleep to optimally recover for the next day.
Tomorrow, Eric will do 11 miles easy on the roads.
And the week goes on.