Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Next Step

As I sit here surfing the web, watching the snowfall (!true!), I've come to a Decision.  The Decision!

Here's my next Big Thing:

Boggs Mountain 50K, on October 30.  I haven't yet registered for it, but I will.  I've been looking at the maps, the elevation profile . . . 



 . . . (that's 4400 feet, seemingly about average for a 50K) and trying to put together some kind of training plan.  I think I'm going to start with this one and then modify it to my needs.  I don't know what those modifications will be, but I know I've got to change it around to fit my weird, weird schedule (I do know to keep the two long runs back-to-back), and I know that I should probably incorporate dictated hill work and perhaps (but realistically, I doubt it) some dedicated speedwork.  I've spent some time reading about training for ultras, and race strategies for ultras, and it's all Walk! Slow Down! You'll Run Slower Than You Think! and I'm all Yay!  I Can DO That!

The training plan I've picked is for 26 weeks, yet the race is something like 22 weeks away.  I'll just lop off the first 4 weeks, I guess.  Week 5 starts out at 22 miles/week.  Excepting the last 4 weeks, this is a little lower than the milage I've been doing, so I think I'll do just fine with that as a starting point.  Knowing me, I'll skip enough miles anyhow.

I'll put the schedule into play beginning Monday, and will undoubtedly get off my ass and into gear.  

5 comments:

Pam said...

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! But I gotta say that "slow down!" strategy sounds AWFULLY appealing!

Lisa said...

Umm, you do know you are running a half 13 days before that right :)

funderson said...

I like your capital "D" Decision...
What a spring, eh? ug

Scrappytbear said...

OMG why are trail runs always on bloody mountains? lol intimidating!

Stuart said...

That's it go out slow and ease off from there!

Check out pctr.com also if you like!