I am getting my training plan together for the 50-miler race. I got to admit, I love this s%$t. I love getting a training plan together - I love having a physical goal - I love the structure - I love the control it gives me (the one thing I have control over in my life -hahahaha - sure as heck don't have control over my kids!!!).
My first objective is getting ready for the Huntington Beach marathon on February 6th, 2011. I plan on incorporating some speed work, interval training (fartleks), some cross training (mainly biking), and strength training. I would really love to make the Boston marathon again (I need a 3:45 now), but not sure if this will happen or not - it is not my main goal, my main goal will be to finish the 50-miler. Nice Bonus if it does happen :).
After the marathon I am going to take a 2 week "break" and get rejuvenated both mentally and physically. Then I am going to start the 50-miler training - I'll have about 5 months to get ready. I do realize that my pace will probably slow down while training for the 50, as I believe the most important training is your long slow runs. But I hope to build a big enough base during the marathon training so my pace will not slow down that much? This ultra training is all new to me. I am not sure if speed training is helpful or not when training for a 50-miler, as it just might make your legs too tired for the long run - I am going to have to do some research on this subject - oh , and find a 50-miler training plan.
During my training, I am going to post weekly on how the previous week’s training went and then detail the total weekly mileage, number of days and time spent running, length of longest run, speed workout, cross training,etc. I am also going to post how I am feeling, both physically and mentally.
For the marathon, I'll have 23 weeks to get ready starting on Monday, August 30th. The date of the 50-miler is TBD, so not sure the exact number of weeks I'll have before the 50 yet, but I am guessing around 21 weeks (that does not include my much anticipated 2 week "break").
First things first, I am going to put together my marathon plan and somehow post it up on my blog. I am pretty good at creating marathon plans, as I have completed 12 marathons. Not so sure about this 50 training - all new to me.