The winter is kicking in the doors today. A strong gale producing horizontal rain is not an inviting training environment. Thankfully I am in an extended recovery phase after last years exploits at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc. After a few bouts in September and October 2019, it was obvious that my body was tired. Higher heart rates for foundation efforts, muscle soreness lasting longer and general strength wilting. Having been on active rest for 4 months the body is finally catching up with the mindset.
The mindset being "I love to run on hilly trails and mountains"
That is where the training will go, taking the last 3 years experience along the way to add to the enjoyment and progress that is desired.
Madmule is training clients who are getting ready for the Spring marathons and half marathons. Today may wash out the projected "long run" and cause a little anxiety. Options to keep the mind satisfied and the body engaged. Use the 2 hours that were set aside wisely to get some benefit. Perhaps....
# Complete an extended core conditioning and flexibility set
# Go out anyway, just a shorter session, enough to keep the stimulus building
# Those who have a gym membership, use it. Hit the desired training volume, though mixing up on the treadmill with bike and cross trainer to achieve endurance in gym setting.
# Review the last few weeks, perhaps it's a blessing in disguise and an extra rest day is what will help be stronger and stronger in next weeks loading. Nutrition is paramount to the success of the building plan. Are you ready for next weeks schedule?
As for ultra, going long and the miles ahead. Training history has to be afforded some time to reflect and help make decisions on what is healthy and what is not. How fast has to be superceeded by the question of "how long? - How long are you prepared to be out on the trails for?
A key part of my philosophy for running the ultras has been this. I have to get up the next day and function at work and play. Specifically at work because I have an active job. I have seen many competitors hobbling and crawling mid race. There is no way that they will be moving successfully for several days, if not weeks. Each to their own, and some decisions of pressing through are warranted from individual to individual. Think of the worst case scenario on how an ultra will create a dysfunctional and unhealthy body. Then set about putting in place the best case scenario on how this can be avoided. A smart and progressional plan of action will emerge, as will the results of applying it.
A review also helps to nudge the other way. Some will review and reality strikes that not enough has been done. No drama. Take action and do it calmly.
Best in training.