Sunday, April 13, 2014

50K vs. Marathon Training - 3 Differences

Bluebonnets Seen On My Run

Training for a 50K trail race, which is about 31 miles long, hasn't been much different from training for a road marathon for me. The main differences have been:

  • More back-to-back runs that are longer than usual: for example, I ran 18 miles and the next day I ran 15 miles.
  • I'm doing long runs more often.
  • I'm training on more trails.

My back-to-backs and long runs so far:

8 weeks out from 50K: 16/10 (I ran 16 miles one day and the next day I ran 10 miles)
7 weeks out:18/10
6 weeks out: 20
5 weeks out: 22/10
4 weeks out: 18/15

This Week's 50K Race Training 

4/7- Core exercises, 10 mile run w/middle miles faster
4/8- Exercise TV Target Tone  (1st half: arms, balance), 15 mile bike ride, 3 mile run
4/9- Rest
4/10- 18 mile run: hills, last 10 miles on trails, 3 servings lemon Tailwind
4/11- Exercise TV Target Tone  (2nd half: arms, abs), 15 mile run: last 8 miles on trails, tangerine Powerbar gel
4/12- Push-ups, Planks, Wall-sits, Single leg stance squat and reach (video), 6 mile run w/strides
4/13- Myrtl Video (hips), 8 mile run: (1 mi., .75. mi., .50 mi.) x 2

Totals This Week

Run- 60 miles (highest this year!)
Bike- 15 miles
Strength Train/Core- 5 short sessions
Nature- armadillo, turtles, rabbits (no snakes this week!)

How It's Going

I'm happy with how training is going - no major problems and niggles go away quickly so I feel good about the upcoming race, In fact, I'm looking forward to running two races: a 25K trail race in about 2 weeks and then the 50K trail race in about 4 weeks. Fun stuff!

35 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh 60 miles in one week?! That is crazy awesome girl!! Looks like you had an incredible week of workouts!

    What shoes do you use for trail running by the way? Just curious for if I decide to try trail running :0)

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    1. Lately, I'm running in Brooks Ravenna or Asics Numbus. I'm sure it depends on the trails you run on, but I've found that my road shoes work for the trails I've been on so far.

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    2. Hey Tina! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my post today for details! :0)

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  2. Wow - you are really rocking all of those runs - so many double digit ones!! Way to go on the mileage for the week - can't wait to see how you do on the 50K!!

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    1. I can't wait to hear about your 50 mile race!

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  3. Pretty impressive mileage, Tina! Do you run on different trails or are you limited to a couple trails where you live? I've never done back-to-back long runs but can image how different your legs must feel on that second day. You must be getting so excited for your race. Do you have a specific goal time that you are aiming for - or just the goal of finishing?

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    1. I usually run on the short trails outside my back door, but I can drive to some long ones, too. Running the day after a long run has changed for me. Last week, I noticed how good my legs felt on the second day. I'll be really glad just to finish! : )

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  4. Wow!! That's some seriously good training you are doing, Tina. I would love to know if you wrote your own plan or used one you found somewhere!

    The bluebonnets/lupine are so pretty!! One of my favorites. Ours are tiny little plants right now!

    smalltownrunner.com

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    1. I googled some 50K training plans for some ideas and linked to a couple in my last post, but I'm really just making it up as I go.

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  5. Wow. I am so sore after one long run, I cannot imagine back to back.

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    1. Hopefully, this week will be like last week! When I ran 18, then 15 the next day, my legs felt fine. It's a different story when I ride and then run directly after that - my legs are so tired!

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    2. It sounds like you are doing amazing!

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  6. It's great to hear you are having no lasting niggles with your higher mileage! Can't wait to hear about your race(s). Love the bluebonnets!

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    1. As I get closer to race day and increase the miles, the thought of niggles turning into something serious grows so I might even notice them more now!

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  7. Your training is going very well! I must admit I train the same for a 50k and marathon. But I don't train to run fast times so it doesn't matter to me. I usually make sure I am always in shape to run a marathon or 50k and then just add more distance if a longer ultra is coming up. For trail races I do my long runs on trails and if there is a road race I do my long runs on the road. I pretty much stick to this year in and year out.

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    1. I'm a newbie at the 50K and appreciate you sharing how you train. Your plan sounds like a great one for year round running and 50k races!

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  8. Nice training. I didn't change my training too much for my first 6 hour event and even for the 50 miler it's pretty much the same. Like you said, the only difference is back to back runs on the weekend (though mileage not too much longer).

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    1. I haven't looked into how many miles you should max out when training for a 50 mile race, but I would guess that people would say that you don't want to run too long because you might stress your body too much. Good to hear about your endurance race training - thanks!

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  9. I was wondering how your legs were feeling with back to back "long runs" but you answered someone else :) I always feel like I will run a shakeout run the day after a long run, but then I always take it as a rest day after all. Your mileage is so phenomenal! You will rock this 50k for sure!

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    1. I've done short runs the day after a long run when training for a marathon before. I think it might make me feel better and less sore. You might like it, too, or maybe rest the day after is best for you!

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  10. You're training is going so well. Keep it up. As long as your nutrition is right and you listen to your body, the injuries and set backs should stay away.

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    1. Thanks for the reminder to eat right and to take care of problems if they come up! Looking forward to your Boston Marathon recap!

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  11. Awesome training Tina! I've heard the back to backs are the key to ultra training.

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    1. By the time I race the 50K, I'll have done 5 (I hope) and I hope that's enough to get me to the finish line!

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  12. Good luck on your 50K! That's amazing! I'm also SO impressed you ran 60 miles this week. WOW!

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    1. I hope to do just one more 60 mile week (this week) before I start to taper. So far, so good!

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  13. Sounds like some hard training, I'm glad that it's going well and you have beautiful wildflowers to look at along the way!

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    1. It's fun when I spot new ones! I need to look up some flowers that I saw on a recent run to see what they're called. They smelled great as I ran by them each time.

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  14. Your training is going great!! I would think even though it's farther, a trail 50k would be easier on your body than a marathon given the dirt. Hope it goes well!

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    1. Good point about the trail being kinder to my body than the road - just as long as I don't kick one of those pesky roots like I did when I tried this race before!

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  15. Wow 60 miles! You continue to impress me :) I've said it before, but I'm excited to see how your 50K race goes.

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    1. I'm especially curious to see how it feels after I cross the 26.2 mile mark and run farther than I ever have before. It's fun running into unknown territory.

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  16. Great job Tina! From what I've read, the back to back long runs are key and you are doing an awesome job getting them in. Keep it up!

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  17. Wow, excellent! You are doing great!!

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