After having a great first year on the trails, I decided I’m hooked and want to continue trail running for a long time. I actually knew this about 6 months into the year. I love the scenery and I love the challenge of the trails. In addition, I don’t have as many aches and pains like I did when I was road running. Although for the record, I’m not done road racing. I’m just taking a break.
I’ve decided to train for my first ultramarathon. The 50k (31 mile) run will be on Saturday, April 26th. I chose another Folsom Lake Trail Run. I know the course well and Inside Trail Racing always puts on a great job with their races.
After decided on my next challenge, I needed to figure out a plan. I looked through a few and decided that this is the training plan that I’ll be using. You can check out the 20 week plan here.
Although I’ve never trained with alternating hard/easy weeks, I think that my body will appreciate this, especially since there are a lot of long runs and the weekly mileage is high, for me.
I’ll be honest, I’m a little nervous about the weekly mileage. In 2012 when I was training for a marathon, I ran my highest weekly mileage (45 and 46 miles per week). I felt like that was a lot, but yet I will be running many more miles per week in this training plan. Bring on the challenge!
I did make a few modifications to this plan. Everyone is different, and I’ve learned what my body can handle. Running 3 consecutive days will do more damage than good for me. So, I will substitute cycling for one of the short run days.
Running the day after my long run probably isn’t needed for a 50k and again, I feel like it would do more damage than good. So, I will take a rest day the day after my long run.
My week will consist of 4 days of running, 1 day of cycling and 2 rest days. In addition, I will be stretching like crazy, working on my core 3 days a week and strengthening my upper body 3 days a week.
Training starts today! I hope you’ll follow me on my journey.
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