From Average to Ultra

2010 Hartford 1/2 Marathon 1:39:48

I am your typical, average runner: 20-25 miles a week. I can throw down a 6 minute mile, but typically I’m in the mid 7’s.  At the height of my training while preparing for the half marathon, I hit 40 miles a week. My longest run to date is about 16 miles.  For an ultrarunner, it takes 16 miles to get warm, and 40 miles is a nice Saturday.

In a few days I’ll let you know the real purpose of this blog, but I can tell you, I want to be an ultrarunner. I’m not sure why I want to skip the marathon and go right to crazy, but the mystique of ultra-distance has a hold on me. Ultrarunning calls into question your fitness, your psyche, and your guts. I’d like to say I’m strong in all three areas, but I can’t say I know my limits or that I’ve truly tested myself. I think just about anyone can follow a training plan and run 26.2 miles, but I want to see what happens after that.

How to get there?

I’m in the 2nd week of an intense training program with the goal being a 100K event and a 10 day event in the Summer of 2012. I developed my program from a variety of sources including, Matt Fitzgerald’s book, Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, and some other training plans. I’ll tweak it as I go depending on how I’m performing, and I’ve spiced it up with time at the gym, stairs, and trail runs. I’m not sure this is a great plan, or even a good one, but for now I like it and I’m moving forward.

At this point, I’m wondering how I’m going to get from 17 miles a week to completing over 60 in a row. I’m focused on increasing my workload and running no matter what.  I’m convinced this challenge will be 50% physical and 100% mental. I call it getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Legs hurt? Don’t care. Tired, sore? Don’t care. Cold? Don’t care. Right now, I’m nervous that I’m not doing enough, but the road is long, and confidence in my training program will come as I improve.

What do you think? Am I nuts?

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