The past week has been filled with work, recovery, and more than a bit of vacationing. The end of last week moving into the weekend proved to be a successful taper for Saturday’s race at my alma mater, Purdue University. The 7th Annual Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon was a success. I ended up traversing the 13.1 miles in 02:38:57.8 which was by far not my fastest time for the course or in general, but the time spent at my home away from home was fun as always.
As soon as I finished the race I walked to my truck and drove back to Indianapolis to pick up a U-Haul trailer, load it, and head for Gulf Shores, AL. I’ve been down here with the family relaxing on the beach for several days which has been great for half marathon recovery purposes!
With my butt in the sand and a beverage in my hand I’ve noticed my recovery has been splendid! It doesn’t hurt to have my pup with me! Aussies help with recovery….it’s a well known fact.
Over the last few weeks I have been reading the book, Relentless Forward Progress, which is a guide for running ultra marathons and includes several training plans for distances from 50K to 100 miles. I opted to use a 50-mile maximum week training plan for my first 50-mile ultra. Of course, as usual I have adapted the program to fit my own needs and to incorporate the various races I have scheduled over the course of the year leading up to my November 3rd ultra event. Similar to the Goofy Challenge Training Plan the training schedule for an ultra relies heavily on back-to-back runs on the weekends only more so than the Goofy as well as increased “time on feet” and volume of mileage.
I have one goal for this event…finish in the upright position.
So here it is! My ultra marathon training plan complete with two initial ramp-up weeks and one recovery week afterwards. The program starts Monday May 7, 2012.
So this is a VERY busy training/race schedule for me. I’m looking forward to lots of trail running in Eagle Creek State Park and even travelling down to Spencer, IN a couple times to see what the trails look like for the ultra.