Since 2012, the 100 mile distance has been on the bucket list. Back then the 5 mile distance was my reality. It took many years to build up to ultra-distance runs and in summer of 2017 I made the decision to give my first 100 a go at the 2018 Vermont 100 miler on July 21st. I have a ton of respect for this mileage which I way I waited so long to enter my first one. This race is also part of a larger goal to compete at UTMB in the next year or two.
Over the next 14 weeks I'll cram what I can for run training while I also ween off skiing. The challenge will be getting in back to back long runs but my mileage will be relatively low (50-80mpw) but will incorporate road biking to prevent run fatigue.
If you're interested in following along, I'll be posting a weekly summary video holding me accountable for the training and how my runs are progressing.
This is how Week 1 looked (Monday April 16 - 22):
Monday: 6 miles. Still snow on the roads.
Tuesday: 6 miles followed by Run Strong (1 hr of Strength and Conditioning).
Wednesday: AM: 4 miles PM: 4 miles. Once a week I'll be doing 2-a-days.
Thursday: 9 miles. Commute to Run Strong (1 hr of Strength and Conditioning).
Friday: 4 miles (easy run with Hilary & Squall)
Saturday: 17 miles. Tough run and nervous to not bring any gels. Spent the morning skiing in Randolph so legs weren't exactly fresh.
Sunday: ZERO miles. Ski tour in the Northern Presidentials. It was a beautiful day in the high alpine as we skied over 6k vert and made it over toward Mount Jefferson. Today was supposed to have a 6-9 mile run but that went out the window. As much as I would have liked to run, I'm still building mileage and skiing trumps all.
Total Miles: 50 // 4,921'
Excellent week. The cardio is good but the legs need to wake up. Jumping right into 50 miles isn't too bad since I do have a little base from the Inferno and something left from a few scattered runs this winter.
Next week I'll aim for similar mileage but I'll still be skiing which will make the weekend difficult.