Where do you get off, pretending to be some expert, when you're a terrible trail runner?
I used to be a very good road 5K guy, winning small races, winning my age division in medium-sized ones, taking home 3rd place age-class trophies in big ones. But I was stagnating and looking for a challenge. What was I going to do, wait to turn 50 and try for the state age record (16:17), just to have Dan Carlson run 15 something a week later?
I took up ultras and trails and found I had a learning curve about as steep as Carlton Peak (the turn-around point of my goal 50K). I've done a lot of crappy races in the past couple of years, but I've learned a lot and I feel like sharing what I've picked up along the way. One learns more from failure than success - and that's an important lesson, when you're looking for advice; all the training plans out there are being made by very talented athletes or their coaches and they would've been successful no matter how they trained. They have nothing to say that interests me.
You put all this theoretical stuff on your blog. Why don't you just tell me what I'm supposed to do?
There's a lot of people who are willing to tell you what to do - and take your money for it as well. If you understand what training and racing is all about, you won't need someone else telling you what to do.
Do you coach? Will you coach me?
1) Yes. 2) Probably not.
I coach one runner at a time and I'm very picky about who I coach, because I take coaching very personally and live and die with my athletes (they often succeed just because they fear disappointing me). I'm not interested in good runners trying to cut five minutes off their marathon time, but in those who have set a goal that's just barely possible and only possible with my help. The one I'm currently coaching just set a state record (disqualified from record status on a technicality) while undergoing cancer treatment.
THAT's my kind of runner.
Why don't you tell me what you're doing and maybe I can base my own plans on it?
You're not listening. That goes against everything I've been saying. Training is too specific for that. But here goes:
My original plan for what training for 4:40 at the Superior 50K looked like the following, with Tuesday focusing on depleting fast-twitch a fibers, Thursday fast twitch b, Saturday slow-twitch and Sunday liver glycogen:
Monday 4 miles in 33
Tuesday 10x800m in 2:55-3:00 w/ 3 minute rests (coincidentally Yasso-like) plus 9 miles in 74.
Wednesday 4 in 33
Thursday 9 in 74 plus 16x100m sprints
Friday 4 in 33
Saturday 7 in 47 plus 9 in 74
Sunday 24 in 3:17
Because I need to work on hill strength, running hard for extended periods and running trails for hours and because I can't handle the stress of three hard runs per week any more, it morphed into a two week cycle:
Monday 30 min.
Tuesday 75 min.
Wednesday 100 min. hills and sprints
Thursday 75 min.
Friday 75 min.
Saturday 45 min at marathon pace plus 75 min
Sunday 24 miles of trails
Monday 75 min
Tuesday 75 min
Wednesday 10x800 plus 75 min
Thursday 75 min
Friday 30 min
Saturday 13-15 at mar. pace plus 30 min
Sunday 30 min.
Why don't you post pictures?
Big change in life today
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