On April 1st, I made the decision to attempt my first ultra distance race.
On April 2nd, I signed up - waited a day just in case my brain was playing an April Fool's joke on me!
So now I am back to a regular and strong running base, and registered for the Rundle's Revenge 50km Trail Race on June 26th, 2016.
Freaking out just a little on the inside, but I am super stoked that this event has turned into a Dirty Feet Tuesday Crew (DFTC) weekend adventure. Several of my regular running friends have registered themselves for the race and we're headed to Canmore, Alberta for a weekend of fun, food, beers and of course, running! The 2-day event itself is a MTB Race on the Saturday followed by trail running on the Sunday; offering distances for every level participant.
So how do I train for an ultra distance race when I have never even run a marathon?
Damned good question. Thankfully I have experienced running friends and I like to read. With a little searching through old Trail Running magazines and picking the brains of some super helpful experienced ultra running friends (SHEURFs) I have put together my training plan for the next 12 weeks leading up to Rundles. Gulp. Only 12 weeks.
Pretty much every plan I found was a minimum 16 weeks training leading up to a 50km race, I jumped in in week 4 of the most appropriate plan I found which did not force me into too steep of a weekly mileage increase.
Week 1 - 55km/53kmThe biggest challenge of the week was the LSD on a Friday night just so that I could fit it in and run with a friend. A flat 21.5km trail run in the evening after a full day at work and on a pre-dinner stomach. Thank god I had Misty there to keep egging me on or this may have ended at 18kms when I passed the car the first time.
Week 2 - 51km/58kmThis weeks runs were doomed to be shortened no matter the day. When the weekend finally came I was playing catch-up so bad that it was "Garbage Day Sunday" in the Batchelor Hills Trails with Jon, running until I could run no more. And I still came up short.
Week 3 - There's a downshift to 43km this week, however I not going to throw a party. Hill repeats are introduced into the mix and if you know me you know how much I love hills. Ha!