From Ultra to More Ultra

by rchackman

Background: I had signed up for the Chicago Marathon way back in March 2013 and began an 18 week training plan for the race that began in June. I left my racing schedule open-ended after the marathon, in case I wanted to do an ultramarathon. While I had this goal in mind when I started training for the Chicago Marathon, I did not specifically create a training plan that would lead up to an ultra. I specifically wanted to train for Chicago and see what I was capable of in that race. With that training under my belt, I knew I could continue training for an ultra or two should I have wanted to do so after Chicago. It turns out I did want to train for those ultras.

NYRR 60K (Nov 16) through Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic (Dec 14)

Week 1: Monday Nov 18 – Sun Nov 24

  • Run Miles: 30
  • Total Time: 9:40:24

Mon – still in NYC for the NYRR 60K.

  • 30 min walk to Central Park
  • 6 miles (1:14:05)
  • 45 min walk

Tue – 2 miles (20:00) on the treadmill

Wed – 7 miles (1:15:15)

Thu – 1:40:00 (25.17 miles) trainer Bike

Fri – Day Off

Sat – 12 miles (2:05:00)

  • 1:20:00 (17.5 miles) trainer Bike

Sun – 3 miles (31:02)

Week 2: Nov 25 – Dec 1 – Thanksgiving

  • Run Miles: 48
  • Total Time: 8:10:00

Mon – 15:00 trainer Bike

Tue – 7 miles (1:10:00)

Wed – 6 miles (45:00)

Thu – 20 miles (3:15:00)

Fri – 12 miles (2:15:00)

Sat – Day Off

Sun – 3 miles (30:00)

Week 3: Dec 2 – Dec 8

  • Run Miles: 20
  • Total Time:

Mon – 60:00 (13.64 miles) trainer Bike

Tue – 4 miles (40:00)

Wed – 3 miles (30:00)

Thu – 3 miles (30:00)

Fri – Day Off

Sat – 8 miles (1:22:00)

Sun – 2 miles (21:00)

  • 30:00 Strength

Week 4:  Dec 9 – Dec 15 – Race Week

  • Run Miles: 56
  • Total Time: 8:41:30

Mon – Day Off

Tue – 4 miles (38:08)

Wed – 2 miles (20:00) treadmill

Thu – Day Off

Fri – Drive to Tallahassee

Sat – Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50 miles

Sun – Day Off

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