Assuming I don't change my mind and simply volunteer at Zumbro which is an interesting thought too. Of course regardless of a spring 50, I am committed to Chippewa which simply means I need to be 50k shape in 114 days, a bit easier but no gimme as I don't like running this time of year. One thing that I finally figured out this winter is that I don't like snow, yes I hate snow. This winter has been ideal almost no snow and very warm temperatures for us. Because of this, I have found that I enjoy my runs in darkness and don't have issues on cold days but it is snow that saps all of my motivation.
Ok, back to my 100 day training program, first I checked out a post from when I first thought about training for a 50 mile event, that plan ramped up over 21 weeks, so that would be 147 days, so I needed to chop off a few days from that plan. With that in mind, here is the modified plan:
|Easy Run||Off or X Train||Long Run|
Week 1 looks doable the remaining weeks look a bit problematic as I would need to allocate more time than I would like on both weekend days. Hear is another plan that I had:
A bit more to my liking, one thing that I don't see are any recovery weekend days. I might want to adjust that and give myself at least one or two. In case your curious, Plan 1 comes in at 469 miles (33.5 miles/week) and Plan 2 comes in at 612 miles (43.7 miles/week).
Another comes from the ULTRAMarathon training site and is from their Mountain Masochist 50 plan:
|4||01-29||rest||8||4x||6||rest||3 hour||4 hour||~60|
|5||02-05||rest||8||4x||6||rest||3 hour||4 hour||~60|
|6||02-12||rest||8||4x||6||rest||2 hour||1 hour||~40|
|7||02-19||rest||8||4x||6||rest||3 hour||4 hour||~60|
|8||02-26||rest||8||4x||6||rest||3 hour||4 hour||~60|
|9||03-04||rest||8||4x||6||rest||5 hour||4 hour||~75|
|10||03-11||rest||8||4x||6||rest||5 hour||4 hour||~75|
|11||03-18||rest||8||4x||6||rest||10K||1 ½ hour||~35|
|12||03-25||rest||8||3x||6||rest||2 hour||2 hour||~50|
|13||04-01||rest||8||3x||6||rest||1 hour||2 hour||~30|
One minor issue is if I estimate my pace and add up my mileage for the 1 to 5 hour runs, guess what I don't come close to their mileage estimates. So this plan I think would require a bit more modification or I will need to get a lot faster in the next 14 weeks. Well that ain't gonna happen. Maybe by summers end, but not by April fools day.
I did look through one more plan (Can Lake 50 Training info) which modified the Galloway marathon program but decided it was not worth adding in as I would need to find the right Galloway marathon plan and then adapt it, it basically added back to back long runs in the last few weeks before the 50. They did have a few words of wisdom worth noting:
The 50-Mile training plan should include the following:
- Do your long runs on terrain similar to the race -- pick routes that include some big hills
- Go longer and slower on the long runs
- Walk uphills, run downhills,and run/walk on flat terrain
- Use back-to-back runs (e.g.,on weekends) to get used to covering longer distances
- Take training breaks when needed to all for adequate recovery and reduce the risk of injury
- Practice with the same hydration system, drinks, and snacks that you expect to use in the race.
Keep in mind that the most important part of running hilly terrain is to train your legs for the downhills. Review the course description and pay attention to the leg profiles. Use this information to plan your training runs.
So now my choice is clear, within the next few days, choose one of these plans or ad hoc one or change my focus to Chippewa in the spring and Superior in the fall. I love these kind of decisions.