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Ultra Timeline Question

Post  Alex Kubacki on Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:24 pm

There's a 50M race I'm thinking of doing on August 16. This would be my first 50M. Now I'm running Boston and plan on running as hard as I can. This race would be 17 weeks after Boston. For a first 50M, is that enough time to recover and train properly?  I know it can be common once you've done one, but for a first is that enough time to at least have a respectable race and not death walk the last 20?

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Re: Ultra Timeline Question

Post  mountandog on Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:05 pm

I did Chicago last Oct and followed with the JFK 50 for my first (only 50M?) before Thankgiving.  I think it was 5 or 6 weeks in between.  I walked some at the end, but that was more a matter of inexperience than being ready.  My one lack in training was back to back long runs and I didn't have time to do anything more than a 20 after recovering from Chi and ramping back up.  So training will suffer a bit, but 17 weeks sounds like eons compared to what I did.  I say go for it and you won't have any problems.
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Re: Ultra Timeline Question

Post  Schuey on Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:39 pm

I would say way more than enough time. I'm running a 50 mile trail race 2 1/2 weeks after Boston.  Which to be honest works out pretty well since normally I like to run 80% of my ultra race distance 3 weeks out. So in the case of a 50 miler that would be 40 miles. Since I plan on running Boston hard the shorter distance of not running 40 miles I believe is made up by the intensity.
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Re: Ultra Timeline Question

Post  wrichman on Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:52 am

plenty of time. you'll be fine
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Re: Ultra Timeline Question

Post  Jeff F on Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:01 pm

Not only is it plenty of time, but you may want to consider running at least one if not a couple more marathons during that period of time as training runs.  When I ran my 50 miler, I ran marathons in February, March and April for the target race in early June.  It was great preparation.
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Re: Ultra Timeline Question

Post  Jim Lentz on Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:38 am

What Jeff said is good advice. My best 50 mile race to date was after I ran 9 miles to the Chicago Marathon and then ran the marathon 3 weeks before my 50 mile race.
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