Monday, September 21, 2015

Google "50k Training plan," please?

It's probably not a good idea to start looking for a 50k training plan with 2 weeks until your race, but that's what I was doing this morning.

Having signed up for an October 3rd event, I just wanted to see if I could actually get in some long trail runs and "sort of train" for the distance without
hurting myself this time.

So far, so good. Fingers crossed!

Really, I was just looking for a taper plan, not a full plan. The full plan is already (mostly) executed as best I could, since I decided about three months ago that I might be able to increase my long run just long enough to squeak into this one.

And squeak, I will... though not without a few incredible long runs!
My running partners are good sports. Here's Rachel looking out at the North Umpqua and Crater Lake Highway. It's not a bad spot for a 22 mile trail run.

A little speed -bump on the trail.

There are some very low water crossings this year.
Photo by Rachel Miller

Lots of climbing on the last section!
Photo by Rachel Miller

The river provides a nice ice bath after a long run. Trust me.. it's still cold in September.
Photo by Rachel Miller

I've got 12 days left and don't think I will be doing anything too long between now and October 3rd.

I feel better prepared for this 50k than for the first one I did, which is a good thing, but I still feel like I am missing the mileage. However, it is hard to tell just how much I need, vs. how much it takes to tip the scales of injury. Even if I absolutely rock this race, my finish time could be worse than last year's because it's a much harder course.

If you have any tips for how much to taper.. with a max week of 50 miles and the last long run being 22 miles, 19 days before your race, leave me a comment ☺ Otherwise, I'll just keep winging it. 


Crazy lady!!
The view from Mt. Pisgah (short, steep run) about 5 minutes before a downpour soaked me.
Photo by a kind random stranger

18 comments:

  1. Good luck Raina, if u believe u can, u will 😊

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts SBR :) I'll keep it in the back pocket while I'm climbing in the last 8 miles :)

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  2. I have no idea how to TRAIN for a 50k, let alone taper for one!

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    1. I guess we are in the same boat then. Want to come do a 50k?

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  3. What beautiful places you get to run!! You can do it I'm sure...total confidence.

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    1. Thanks for the confidence Robin!

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  4. Max week of 52 for me and I ran my last long run 13 days before this Saturday's 55k with an 11 the next day and then I realized I could be in town for the 55k trail race so I signed up. Feel much the same as you- not exactly prepared, but I still think I can do it! I know we'll both have fun!

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  5. Looks like we are both up for a challenge! I think you're right.. it's going to be fun. Good Luck, Tina :)

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  6. Love the pics Raina! I sent you an email.

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  7. Keep winging it is my advice -- you seem to be doing a fine job listening to your body.
    Still, I think with tapers you can afford/benefit from a longer one (3 weeks?) the more mileage you've been doing. For myself though (low mileage) 5 days seems plenty. Any more and I feel like I've lost condition. The main thing is to be rested and have fresh carbed up legs. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Ewen! This definitely is not a high mileage cycle.. just trying to safely get the long runs up, which meant sacrificing the weekly mileage to stay uninjured. I don't want to lose condition either. Such a tricky game.

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  8. I tapered 2.5 weeks before my 50. I also spent the time getting as much *sleep* as possible and not worrying abut low mileage during taper. Defintiely spent time on bike, walking and taking it easy. My longest/biggest/steepest run was 5 weeks before (it was 30+) and then I had a long-ish flat run 2.5 weeks before and immediately went into taper mode. I felt fantastic on race day. Tweet me if you have questions? Best of Luck, Raina. You've got this one, and will do better than you can even imagine!

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    1. Great advice BJ, and thanks for the insight. You rocked your 50! I'm guessing the 30+ miler was a 50k race? Think I might have just squeaked in the taper at the right time :) We shall see!

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  9. You have a lot of strength in you, I know you can do it! Such a beautiful spot. It is nice you have running buds to do those long trail runs with :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm definitely blessed with some good running friends. They understand my quirks, or they just have enough of their own. :)

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  10. Stopped by just in time to wish you the best on your race! I know you will do amazing! Thanks for sharing such fun photos! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  11. Thanks so much!! I got it just in time before the race too! I will post a report soon ♥

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