Friday, December 18, 2015

100 Training Plan

I have this training plan on Google Docs and also exported it as a table to display here.

The plan is basically a merger of the UltraLadies 50K, 50M, and 100M plans. Those are the plans that seem most realistic to me... the plan out of Field Guild to Ultrarunning is too many days a week, with many split days (run in the morning, run in the evening). The plan out of Relentless Forward Progress, the 50 mile per week version, also looks pretty decent but the timing seems rushed - it has you doing a 50 miler 5 weeks before the 100, and a 50K 5 weeks before that and I couldn't make that fit at all.

So instead, I stitched this together out of the UltraLadies plans. It starts with a 50K plan leading up to HAT and continues with the 50M plan to Montour. After that, it grafts on as much of the 100M plan as fits. Not ideal, but then I don't get to set the dates of all the events I'm using along the way. I think this will work OK. The alternative is to train for 65 weeks (the lengths of the 50K, 50M, and 100M together) plus a few more for recovery in between... more than a year would make for major burn out!

My biggest concern was not having done any 50M to 100K events, so I wanted to be sure to include one. The timing of various events in my area are that Montour, a 24 hour race, is about the correct time, 10 weeks before Yeti.

Since the UltraLadies plans are high mileage. I plan to cut the longer runs by 20% or more. Basically every run longer than 10 mi will be cut to 80%. 

Tue will be running strength/hills day - at 4 mi, a nice run will be the hills with the Crazies (Hilltop and Ilchester, skipping the Grist Mill and River Rd loop). Thu I will try to get to a track and do some sort of speed work, probably 800s at a ~4:00 pace. I'm not big on super complicated ladder workouts and all that stuff; just running faster than normal is all I want and 800s is easy to count and track. For Wed I plan to run with my friend Kristen in Baltimore - she'll need some long runs too, and it'll be nice and lit for us which will be very important until Daylight Saving Time returns in Mar.

Along the way I have a few events planned - a few will help with motivation and add variety, but too many become overwhelming, expensive, and interfere with training. I'm signed up for PHUNT 25K, Eternal Winter, Frozen Heart, HATTrap PondLaurel Highlands 50KMontour, and Yeti. I'm set for all the events I plan to do through October of 2016! ;)

Since Frozen Heart falls on a short mileage weekend, I'll swap weeks. EF will be optional and will be a last minute decision; at this point I'm leaning against doing it. Maybe next year when I go a different direction and try a bunch of technical, difficult events. For C&O, I'll volunteer and pace since I have friends doing that one.

If Montour goes very poorly and I don't think I can do Yeti, then the fallback will be the Stone Mill 50 Mile run in Nov. However, by sticking to the plan and getting the training in, I want to make sure that doesn't happen!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

2016 Yeti

I did something crazy and signed up for a 100 mile run - the Yeti 100 Mile Endurance Run.

It came down to choosing between the C&O Canal 100 or Yeti. Both have pros and cons, but Yeti's hugest advantage is the simple fact that it is Sep 30, 2016, 39 weeks into the year, while C&O is Apr 30, 2016, 17 weeks into the year. Given that I'm really going to start training the first full week of Jan, there is no way I would be able to prepare for C&O with 17 week to do it.

I'll follow up with the training plan I put together. For now, a collection of websites so I don't have to search all over to find them again.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Mid Maryland 50K

A nice local winter event is the Mid Maryland 50K. It is entirely within Rockburn Branch park, and consists of 5 loops, 10K each. The race has a solo ultra division, and a relay division which allows a team of 2 to 5 runners.

I'm familiar with the trails, since I run at Rockburn and over to Patapsco Valley State Park all the time. The trails are runnable, with a few roots and rocks along the way, and a minor hill or three. The big issue was thawing - for the first loop, the ground was solid. After a few more loops and sun, it tends to get a bit sloppy and muddy. Particularly the section roughly 2 mi into the loop, over by the neighborhood between Kerger Rd and Talbots Landing. The course passes through a field and by some historic farm building, and that section tends to mud out.

Nevertheless, this is a fun event and what is trail running if you don't have a stream crossing or mud to deal with? ;)

The start/finish passes through a pavilion where aid is setup and I stopped briefly each time to eat/drink and top of my bottle.

I knew lots of people at the event, running it, running on a relay team, or just spectating, so it is a great low key early year event. My friend Mikhail took this awesome pic of me. 

I think next year I'll volunteer at it or look to be part of a relay team. The event is great, it is just that there are some other ones around the same time (plus or minus a week) so next year I want to check out something different.

I was freezing afterwards so after chatting and hanging around a while, I zipped out for a nice cafe mocha at Starbucks.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Eugene Bruckert

Several of us signed up for this very low key event nearby in Delaware. This event was a "fat ass" race, which is the designation for the kind of race with no fee, no medals/t-shirts, and mostly self-supporting (as in: you bring the stuff you think you need and sometimes a bit extra to share. Some events of this nature send out a list ahead of time of what each runner should contribute). Note that it is not at all a reflection on quality - after all, what do you REALLY need at a race? A well marked course and a place to refuel is basically it. :)

I checked out the entrants list beforehand and saw that my friend Seth from FL had signed up! When I lived in Orlando, he was working on finishing off the 50 States marathon checklist. Now, he was working on the ultra version of that challenge, a 50K in every state - hence the interest in low cost (free) low key oddball timing events.

To minimize logistics, this event was a 5K loop you could run as many times as you wanted in the time limit. Obviously for a 50K you'd need to get 10 loops in... my goal at this early point in the year was a modest 8 laps.

That's what I did so I technically DNF'ed and am not listed in the results as far as I know. I went to check the results and the link doesn't pull anything up now. Hey, it was a fat ass event, it's fine.

The race itself started/stopped at a bunch of picnic tables. We runners claimed sections of the tables and benches to setup our stuff - drinks, chips, munchies, etc - and then we went to do our mileage. The group that traveled from MD included several others and loop events are always nice for sharing some time with others.

The route was runnable, minor roots and rocks with a slight hills over the distance. It was reasonably scenic as well, as we circled a small pond, Killen's Pond.

Check out the "circle of life" the birds made in the pond.

I stopped briefly at every lap before heading out again, and by the end of the 8th lap I decided not to grind out 2 more. On the way home we stopped at a great Italian place in Annapolis and I had some really delicious lasagna.

Overall it was fun, a great workout, and reasonably warm for mid January. A great way to start the year!

Eugene Bruckert