With just over five weeks to go until my first ultra-marathon, my training has kicked into high gear. I took a two week break from blogging to adapt to the increase in the training load but things have finally gotten back on track.
I’ve been using a great 50K training plan that I found just Googling around:
Last week, I passed the 24 mile run and while I was exhausted during the run, it only took around 3.5 hours to do which has left me feeling confident in my ability to get through this race.
In addition to following the training plan, I’ve also been using Nike+ training for Xbox Kinect which has proven to be a serious training tool. The cardio workouts are intense, and unlike a P90X DVD, this actually tracks your movements to make sure you’re not dogging it. The workouts focus a lot on core strengthening, and while the strength training requires adding some free weights, the cardio has been surprisingly kicking my butt.
I’ve also mixed in some time on the stationary bike to help with building the strength in my quads. Based on the descriptions that I’ve read of the course, it’s going to involve a lot of climbing up rocky terrain and it looks like I’ll want to have all the leg strength possible to get me up safely.
This weekend I have my 20th half marathon which I’ll be using as a broken 16-mile run for the week. Then next week it’s on to my longest run ever. While the training plan has me down for 26 miles, I’m pushing it to 27 just so I know I can go farther than I ever have before.