ultramarathon training

Ultramarathon Training: Mixing It Up

I’m exhausted today and I’ve just about made it upstairs in time to plug the laptop in before it dies due to lack of battery, and after a break from talking about the training for a few weeks I’m back on it. This week’s training was the start of a new cycle of training…

ultramarathon training

For the past couple of months I’ve been doing the following:

  • Tuesday: 50 – 60 mins easy
  • Wednesday: 9 miles at 9 min/mile pace around Brickhills
  • Thursday: Some form of speed/tempo session
  • Saturday: parkrun or easy 30 – 40 mins
  • Sunday: Long run

But Emily is now mixing up the training. So the mid-week runs are more like a two-week cycle:

Week 1

  • Tuesday: 45 – 60 mins easy
  • Wednesday: 9 miles at 9 min/mile pace around Brickhills
  • Thursday: 45 – 60 mins easy

Not much different here, in fact all that’s happened is the speedwork session is now an easy session. But then there’s…

Week 2

  • Tuesday: Speedwork session
  • Wednesday: 40 – 60 mins easy
  • Thursday: Tempo/Progression session

Saturday forever remains parkrunday or an easy 30 – 40 minutes depending on whether it’s my husband’s turn to run parkrun or my turn.

But then to mix it up even further Emily’s got me starting the back-to-back long runs (long run Saturday and then another long run on Sunday) in mid-February.

I admit to having a bit of a worried kind of  ‘Ooh’ moment when I saw it. However I think this was to do with the reality of training for my first ultramarathon setting in, rather than thinking of it as marathon training.

I’m quite excited by the training and I love the fact the mid-week runs are different so that I’m not repeating the same type of training week in and week out. It’s more interesting and will hopefully stop the mental training fatigue that I sometimes get – after all July 11th/12th is still a long way away. I’m also trying to get out onto the trails more for my easy runs which is more fun in a kind of falling over and gouging my knee kind of way.

Add in a few runs for scoping out a Milton Keynes junior parkrun (two words, all lowercase) course and you’ve got a real mixed bag of training.

So as Emily says, “The ultra training starts here!”

And as I say, “Let’s go!”

Until next time…

Kassia Gardner

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