I cannot believe it, but my next (big) race is The Golden Ultra in September. This will be the first ultramarathon that I’ve ever run. In case you aren’t familiar, the race is a stage series and includes three races:
- A 5k up a mountain (Friday night)
- 37 miles in the mountains (Saturday)
- Half marathon (ish) (Sunday)
I really have no idea what to expect because I have never done a stage series before, let alone an ultra marathon. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be back in training mode…
Side note: I must say, I am enjoying the break right now!
After this year’s Boston Marathon, I think I only took three days off (that was a painful run) and this might be my longest break from running that I’ve had in a year and a half, and I think it’s necessary. I was feeling some odd aches and pains towards the end of Grandmas Marathon training, and I think they are pretty much gone!
So I guess you could say that’s step one for my ultramarathon training: rest up! There really is nothing worse than going into a training cycle without having your body fully ready for it —> meaning, you aren’t on the brink of an injury the entire time.
From there, I’m evaluating the Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultramarathon Running, and will likely use a training plan from here. The plans are a little crazy compared to what I’m used to… one weekend has you running 25 miles back to back! Yes, 25 miles on Saturday and 25 miles on Sunday!
I’m also going to amp up my strength training. I usually focus on my arms, but I think it’s also important to focus on your legs too because trail running is so technical and you need that stability and strength to navigate the trails.
I must admit —> with the slew of bear attacks on trail runners over the past few weeks I am a little terrified about running in the mountains for a few hours… alone. I know that there are ways to arm yourself (bear spray, bells, etc.), but man, still a terrifying thought to face one of those animals when you’re in their home, basically.
But, there you have it! All the details on my training for my first ultra marathon, which will likely change over the course of the next few weeks as I figure it out.
Have you ran an ultra before? What else should I add to my training plans?
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