after having taken an extended break from running to heal some injuries, fix some health issues and pursue some other interests, i start back just before 2010 turned into 2011. i had been off for over a year and to say i was out of shape would have been putting it mildly. case-in-point i signed up for a 5k (Ras na hEireann) with Todd, trained a bit but ultimately got injured (pulled hamstring) and had to pull out of the race. a pulled hamstring training for a 3.1 mile race.
and now i've set my sights on two big races for 2012, the first is the Vermont City Marathon, a good 'ol 26.2 miler and the second is the New River Trail 50k, which would be my first ultramarathon.
am i nuts? debatable; but is this possible? YES!!! absolutely.
firstly, think of Joel. the first race he EVER ran was the 2011 edition of the New River Trail 50k. and, not surprisingly, he recovered enough to start training for the 2012 Vermont City Marathon as well.
secondly, while the longest race i did in 2011 was 4.2 miles (beyond that it were just a handful of 5ks), i USED to race much longer races (albeit triathlons). my body has certainly endured hours of punishment at the hest of sport.
the real question is, can it handle hours of punishment from running alone? that's what i'll find out over the course of less than a year.
after taking a break for the latter part of summer and the early part of fall, i've now started a training program that i think is going to get me from 5k fitness to ultramarathon fitness. i'm not planning to run a crazy, mountainous 100-miler (though i won't rule it out for the future :), just a relatively flat, 31.1 miler in October of next year.
as for how i'm gearing my initial training for this, i'm focusing so much less on going faster, not even so much on going farther and so much more on going longer. it's a new kind of running for me and a very enjoyable switch. i set out without considering pace at all and simply try to run for a longer period of time. your typical Long Slow Distance runs without set goals other than to continue to increase my weekly mileage by a reasonable level each week (10%).
i plan to update this blog with my progress along the way and use it as a way to keep myself honest. i know if i write it here, at least Todd and Joel will hold me to it!!
Race Report: New River Trail 50k
why i run races i know i won't win
Post Ultramarathon Recovery