I’ve been a runner for 16 years. A marathoner for 5. And all this time, I have yet to dip into the welcoming world of ultramarathons. Until now!
Here I am, 8 weeks out from my first 50k and I am excit-ervous.
All year long, I’ve been maintaining a decent base. Nothing to write home about, maybe 20-30 mile weeks, but the streak lives :) Everyday in 2014 has been graced by a run – from 1 mile down the block and back, in my PJs, at 11 o’clock at night; to running loops around our hotel floor in Ecuador; to 2:30hr trail runs on the weekends – I’ve been lucky to run everyday.
As fall approaches (yaaayyyy!), I knew I wanted to register for another marathon this year.
About 4 weeks ago, when I was inviting my brother out for the Silver Falls marathon, he somehow convinced Weez and I to register for the 50k instead. You ultra runners are hilarious like that. “Oh, come on, it’s only JUST another bazzilion miles…”
So anyhoo, he roped us in, and here we are. 8 short, SHORT weeks away from 50K.
We’ve been inching our long runs up every weekend – starting from 90 tempo minutes around town to 2hrs on trails (funny, how those can be almost the same mileage) to this past week of 2:30hrs – we’re creeping to the 16-20 mile LR zone.
But honestly, we’re kind of just wingin’ it.
Ultra runner friends: Do you have a recommended 50k training plan? Any advice on back-to-backs or max distance to hit? Can I ramp up into the 50K or should we spend a week or two tapering?
Looking forward to quality miles over the next 8 weeks!
Cheers to eating healthy, living well, and happy hours spent on single tracks!