I’ve decided to run a 50K trail run this fall. As usual, with my desire to “run a really long way”, I made this decision sitting in my chair in front of my computer, rather than while running a long distance. Doesn’t everybody do it this way?
So what’s the first thing you have to do? That’s right. You have to search multiple websites with training programs until you find one that fits the time you have left before the run. So I found one written by Matt Sims of the Rock Creek Race Team. It is a twelve week training program, Which just so happens to be the amount of time I have until the Pumpkin Holler run in October.
Matt starts with this:
Base Mileage: If you are considering the 50k distance, you should first have a runner’s base. If you can answer yes to the 3 questions below you can complete your first 50k.
1. Do you run 3-4 days a week?
2. Have you been running consistently for 2 years or more?
3. Can you run 10 miles non-stop?
Check, check and check. Sweet!
But when he wrote “A 50k trail run is merely a long day in the woods. When one approaches the 50k with that attitude, the distance is made simple and more fun”, I thought… “Hmmmm — Running a 50K, maybe. Spending a long day in the woods, oh yeah, that I can do.”
His training schedule doesn’t list mileage, rather he tells you how long to run. And as a “middle of the packer,” this has way more appeal to me.
So I’ve been running in the woods at home, and on the RiverParks path when I’m in town. Usually when I run (less than 8 miles) I will have Zookie with me.
Zookie (my 1/2 Lab, 1/2 Great Pyrenees running buddy) prefers we run at home where she doesn’t have to run at my pace. Not that my pace is fast, but it is a “pace”. Whenever I start opening my running bag, she gets excited and can’t wait to go. Unfortunately, for her, the shine wears off the run after about 1/4 of a mile. Along the RiverParks, she plods along behind me, unless we spot a squirrel or a rabbit. Then she sprints out like some kind of really fast dog, (insert your dog’s name here), only to find she is still on the leash. Back to plodding.
But at home, she gets to run in the woods without a leash, which allows her to cut corners on my running route and take multiple swimming breaks in the pond. She is definitely partial to the swim breaks. I figure if I were covered in hair and was running in Oklahoma in the summer, the old pond would feel pretty good too.
So, “down the rabbit hole of training we will go”.
See you on the trails…
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