Here’s my training plan that I’m hoping will get me to the finish line of the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile ultramarathon at the beginning of February:
1. Run. Lots.
2. Stop running before I get injured.
Yup, that’s basically it. I’m not laying out a week-by-week calendar of workouts. More than anything, what I need to do is listen to my body. Run when I can, stop before I need to.
In addition to steps 1 and 2, I’d like to do some (or all) of the following. I won’t lose any sleep over not getting these done though (well, except number 5 – I might lose sleep over not doing that one):
3. Longer tempo runs to help build up the mental stamina that it takes to push through uncomfortable running (because let’s be honest, the last 60+ miles of a 100 miler is nothing but “uncomfortable running” at best).
4. A couple of night runs (although I’m already relatively comfortable running at night)
5. Long runs, particularly back-to-back long runs. I don’t have a specific distance that I want my longest training run to be, but I’d like try to have at least two weekends with back-to-back 20+ mile runs, preferably Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to limit the recovery time in between.
We’ll see how everything plays out though. I’m most concerned about getting my average weekly mileage up without getting injured. Outside of that, I’ll take what I can get.