Today was the official first day of my ultra training plan. The plan is a modified version for a 50k from the book A Guide to Running Ultramarathons by Bryon Powell. I definitely recommend it if you are thinking about running an ultra. My boyfriend keeps trying to tell me that I don’t need to start training yet, and that I will be able to run a lot of miles when the trails dry out, but since we live in one of the snowier/colder places in the US, I know better. The trails don’t dry out until June. My first marathon is in June, and considering I am coming from not being a runner a year ago to my first ultra in August, I need to do some serious training!
My plan is to start running 20-30 miles a week. For my first day today I got a lucky surprise, my home trail was packed down enough to run on!
I am training for three big races this summer with the goal to finish competitively in all three. First, in May I will be home in Maine and running in the Salomon Trail Running Festival 25k at Pineland Farms. I am so excited to run at home in Maine and at low altitude.
A month after the 25k is the Leadville Marathon, known for being a tough course, I’m sure to get my ass kicked on this one, but I can’t wait to say that my first marathon was Leadville. In the meantime I definitely need to work on my hill climbs! Luckily I live only 1000ft lower than Leadville so all my training is at altitude, and I’ll be able to run parts of the course before the race.
In August is the biggest race, my first ultramarathon the Squamish 50k. I am so excited to road trip to British Columbia and run a really awesome race while I’m there. We’re driving through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington on the way, four states I haven’t been to yet. I can’t wait to see how beautiful the northwest is!
My big goal for this year is to work on speed. I’m naturally competitive and I want to do really well this summer, pushing myself hard enough that I can place in my age groups in these big races. This all comes back to why I am beginning to train while its still cold and snowy. I am fortunate to live at high altitude with lots of mountains to climb so hopefully my training will pay off and I’ll see the results that I am training for!
And so the 2015 season begins!