Saturday, January 26, 2013

Training Plans for Chippewa + Reality

I have used the Santa Clarita Training schedule as a guide on how to ramp my mileage up for races. Here is the plan for this year's Chippewa 50k:

  Ultra Date  Ultra Type
  50K Training Schedule      get the spreadsheet!

Week OfWeekMonTueWedThuFriSatSunMiles
Jan 281 CD022208620
Feb 42 CD0224010624
Feb 113 CD0224012828
Feb 1840246014834
Feb 25504460161040
Mar 4604660181044
Mar 11704680201048
Mar 188 CD0486010836
Mar 25904880221052
Apr 110041080221054
Apr 811041080241056
Apr 1512 CD04106010838
Apr 22134320050K ultra055
CD = cycle down
  • You will begin running longer on back-to-back weekends. You will also begin building a semi-long mid-week run, preferably on Wednesday. Obviously you will have higher weekly mileage as a result. You may vary your schedule as necessary but nothing substitutes for the weekend long runs which should be on trails or fire roads. Other runs may be on paved roads.
  • Rest is essential. It is recommended that you not run at all on Mondays and Fridays. There are occasional easy weeks for recovery.
So my official training begins on Monday and the first stop is to a Doctor to have him figure out how to get my foot healthy. Right now it hurts when I walk or run and it has since Surf the Murph. I have had relief through taping but alas I have now faced the reality of getting it looked at. My theory is that I have posterior tibial tendinitis which is being aggravated by the calf tear of a few years back. So my thinking is the Doctor does some ART on the calf and maybe the foot, tweaks me, advises me and sends me on my way. Based on the above training I can give him a few weeks and my Chippewa plans will still be ok.

Back in December I talked about my Altra Provision shoes and that they had helped my foot pain and they did but I still have had pain so I took off this past week to see if not running would help (plus its been really cold, so I guess I wimped out too). The time off did not help, so to the Dr. I go. I will be again seeing a Chiropractor who does ART and Graston and other stuff.

A few weeks back I also picked up a pair of Altra Lone Peaks, I had the choice of the Superiors which I liked and the Lone Peaks and I guess many other shoes but I love the fit of Altras. I will write about that decision and give an update on my Altras in a future post.

So I have begun 2013 as I did 2012, the difference is I am dealing with it in January ahead of Chippewa versus facing my reality at Chippewa. Hopefully this works out better as I have a lot of race plans for this year. Right now my simple hope is to run 5 then 10 then 20 then 30 miles without foot pain.


Wayne said...

so have you had your appt - do you know what's wrong yet??

Mike W. said...

Yes I am getting old and don't do proper rehab after injury.


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