A Plan in Place

I’ve been kind of stressed lately because I didn’t really have a goal date/race to train for.  I had an idea of what I wanted my fall goal race to be, but it depended on getting vacation time approved for work, and beyond that I had nothing else in mind.  Well! I got the vacation days approved and I will be heading to Texas in October for the Palo Duro Trail Run.  This will be my first attempted 50-mile race.  (Yes, I plan to finish, but I always “attempt” every new distance.)

I have been perusing 50-mile training plans for awhile, but today I finally bit the bullet and sat down to figure out a training plan for myself.  I just finished it and I’m basing my plan off of this one by the UltraLadies running club out in California.  There are plenty of plans with both more and less mileage, so I figure this is kind of a happy medium and I can adjust as I go along.  I officially begin training three weeks from Monday (?!!).

Funny thing, once I got all the miles entered into a spreadsheet, I felt a weight lift from my shoulders.  I know what to do now! I know how far to run and on what days! I’ve long known that I am a runner who needs a goal, so I don’t know why I flailed about for so long waiting to put together a plan. I will effort not to do this again in the future. 🙂

Race Date = Motivation

I pretty much suspected this a couple of years ago, but I now know for a fact that I really need a race date in my future to be motivated to train in my present.  While some of my recent running malaise can certainly be chalked up to winter blahs and spring longing, this is also the longest no-race stretch of time I’ve experienced in a very long time. 

I had initially planned to run (attempt) my first-ever 50 mile race this month.  The NJ Ultra Festival was the scene of my first 50k in 2012 and it really would be the perfect venue to attempt 50 miles.  But I was so exhausted and burned out after the marathon and race I ran in December that I couldn’t imagine going straight into training for even higher race mileage.  I needed a break. 

Well I took a break and that break turned into a longer break than I meant to have.  About the time I felt like running again, the weather turned against me and I felt helpless most days to face the cold wind.  I just. couldn’t. do. it.  Now spring is kind of springing and I’m running more, but still not back to normal.  I am not signed up for any races in the foreseeable future and I think I’m going to have to find a long one to get my feet moving.

Taking suggestions.