Hmmmm, the plan looks like they want Back to Bacl long runs of some sort every weekend - I'm thinking once a month is plenty for me. I started this last weekend with 4:15 (32) on Sunday and 2:56 (22) on Monday. All within a span of 20 total hours.<br><br>
merigayle - How often are you doing back-to-backs<br><br>
I am trying to split the difference between Marathon training (Boston 4/21) and 50 miler (5/10)
i do not do back to back long runs any more. I do whatever my coach tells me to do <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I work on Saturdays, starting very early in the morning, so i cannot really do them with my schedule. I do not think they are necessary every week. But i did follow the RW plan for my first couple 50's and thought i did pretty well.
Thanks - I now feel even better about only doing them once every 4 weeks - I know you pure ultra runners think in hours and not miles for training - But I am more likely to go after the 100 mile mark in a 24 hour race than a trail 100 miler.<br><br>
I typically run a 50K every 2 to 3 weeks... sometimes in a race, other times just point to point runs on the roads. This has been the most helpful part of training I have ever done since I started.<br><br>
I don't typically do back to back long runs... but as the events get closer, I actually do find the time to do them. With my first race coming up in April... I'll start back to backs in February and only do them for about a month with the last set being one month from the race where I run back to back to back long runs (20-30-20).<br><br>
Though you CAN get away with not doing them... doing them HAS made races much more enjoyable for me as I feel more prepared and I have increased leg strength and stamina. The purpose of the back to back long runs is to train your legs to keep turning over on little no no energy.<br><br>
FWIW anyway. Enjoy!<br><br>
By the way... what is a "PURE" ultra-runner? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">
I was a lurker on the CR site... always nabbing bits of pieces of info that you guys so gracioulsy offered...<br><br>
Dumb question, but i was just looking for the RW 50 mile plan that Merigayle posted -- and the link would not work... i tried to find it on the site, but no luck... anyone have a suggestion?<br><br>
i have used it before and was ready to pull it out again...<br><br>
BTW - now that i am not lurking... I live in Indianapolis, moved here a year ago after being born and raised in southern New Jersey ( 10 minutes outside Philadelphia) Newbie to the ultra world. Have run 7 marathons most recently the scorcher in Chicago. i've done a few 6 hour trail races and am gearing up for my first 50 miler.<br><br>
the RW plan was good cause it was simple -- if anyone can help. thanks<br><br>
and... Sherpa John is a great name!
<a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-244--7556-0,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.runnersworld.com/article/...7556-0,00.html</a><br><br>
there is the link for runners world, just worked for me, i will update the other link in the beginning of the post.
I am not a pure ultra runner. I am a <img alt="snorting.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/snorting.gif">.<br><br>
I've read enough of those you know you are an ultra runner if ...<br><br>
To know I am a marathon running pavement pusher who has built enough stamina to flirt with ultras and be successful at them.<br><br>
I have to drive 25-30 minutes to get to a trail