The 1st quarter of 2013 is the quarter of the biggest event on ultrarunning. Yes, here in the Philippines.
By biggest, I mean 100 miles of road and/or trail. It’s the one I will be specifically training for.
As for you who are new and about to enter the 100/102 kilometer distances, you should aim to get a well and proper training. How’s that?
Consider this first:
- your training will depend greatly on your Goal. To finish only? To just beat the cut-off? To beat a certain time before the cut-off? To record an impressive time?
- if it’s your first, it’s best to be conservative – on your goal, on your time, on your resources, on everything.
- you have to know the right mix of run and cross training. when to stop, when to rest, and when to push further.
If you are clueless and worried – get a coach. Invest on one. You’d benefit, and you just can’t lose. There’s really more gain to it.
- You’d need a training plan.
- You need to improve ENDURANCE, SPEED, AND BOTH. You can’t just do something and hope to improve. You have to know what you are doing. You need to learn how to do it. You just might need help. It’s wiser to seek an advice when it comes to things you have not yet experienced.How long should you run on a weekend? How many repeats on Intervals? How long should you rest?
- You need to build a fitness FIT for the big event.
- You need to peak at the right time for the big event. Early or Late is not right.
- You need to know how to gradually progress. What to increase, when, and how to slow down to avoid overuse and overtraining.
- You need to build muscle memory.
- You need to know what to do after a very long run. It’s not just sleep.
- You need to know some techniques to it. Yes, there is.
Need I say more?
Am I not yet clear?