In 2020 I had my sights set on running a half marathon at a 2-hour pace scheduled for April and Ironman Augusta 70.3 in September. Due to the pandemic both were canceled with the half-marathon being canceled only a few weeks prior just as I was in my final training to start tapering to the race. As we inched closer to Ironman Augusta 70.3, again it was canceled and it just took the wind out of my sails for training for any real purpose.
As I followed a friend complete a 100-miler a few weeks ago, I thought why not? I can run an ultra-marathon. So, I started the search for the perfect race and decided on Knock on Wood 50 miler, called the UnBreakable 50.
I realize my journey will be different than most running an ultra-marathon. I realize I won’t be able to put in the miles that most do. Even though I have a plan, I know it will get sidetracked and will need to be adjusted based on the TKR. So here it is, the beginning Week 0. The plan has been developed and ready to start Week 1 on Monday, November 9, 2020. Training thus far has been going well. Running 3 to 4 days a week, swimming twice and cycling 3 times. I just finished a 21-mile week averaging slightly faster than a 10:00 pace.
My ultra-marathon plan is to run 4 days a week, ride once and swim once with back to back long runs on Saturday and Sunday. Here is Week 1 training plan.
The runs are mostly calculated on 11:00 miles with the exception of Speed and Hill workouts they are at 10:00. My long run will probably be completed based on time not distance.
I am a bit over weight at 5’ 11” and weigh 205. My goal is to get my weight down to 170 prior to race day. I haven’t been that thin since my marathoning days and typically once I break 180 I kind of stall out because am content at that weight. We will see.
Train Smart and Happy Training.