Training for my first 50 miler update
With my first 50 mile race a month away, the thought of increasing my max distance from 50k-50 miles is becoming real. To get better prepared both mentally and physically, I’ve started to talk with some of my friends and counterparts in my local running groups to gain any tips when it comes to increasing your mileage from 50k-50 miles. Training for your first 50 miler can be a challenge and below are some of my thoughts and experiences.
Running is a mind game
As many distance runners know, much of running is a mind game, but having the appropriate base is important. I often tell people that running a marathon is easy and anyone can do it. One of the reasons I say this is because I’ve run a number of them and I am usually in the appropriate shape to run one. To people that aren’t seasoned runners, this probably sounds insane. Stepping up to the 50 miler, I’ve put myself in a similar situation but instead of convincing others they can do it, I’m looking for those people to convince and provide me the knowledge so I feel I am prepared.
What I can conclude about running a distance that pushes your limits is that you’re venturing into your unknown. The unknown generally is scary and exciting at the same time. Whether you’re running your first 5k, 10k, marathon, or ultra marathon, you typically experience this sensation. This also goes for a number of other life events such as summiting your first 14er, going ice climbing for the first time, and even starting a new job.
Putting the mental part of running a 50 miler aside, getting the right training in is important as well. As there are a number of different training plans you can use, Ive decided to make up my own training plan that goes with my personal schedule. What this means is that I don’t have to do my long my on Sunday or my tempo runs on Wednesday and I tend to like the flexibility. While this works for me, there are thousands of people out there that like more of a strict schedule. I like both methods of training and it just so happened that my training got a little side tracked in the beginning from injury. That said, my training had to adjust to a few life events.
With being a month out, I plan on getting in a few more hard weeks of training, most likely topping out around 25-30 for my long run. I am also part of a speed training group that I attend once or twice a week. Speed workouts are often overlooked in long distance training, but I personally feel they are a good way to mix your running up and they also do a good job at getting your heart rate up.
Products I’m training with
As someone who gets lots of new products every week, I am often using various products for my training. To help me with my training, New Skin sent me a number of their anti chaffing spray cans to prevent uncomfortable chaffing on long runs. Finding a good anti chaffing spray or rub is very important for many runners when training for these longer distance runs. I’ve also been testing out a number of The North Face products including the Better Than Naked Shorts and Jacket which I have been a big fan of. I’ve also been running in The North Face Ultra Guide trail running shoe which has definitely allowed me to log a lot of miles on the trails.