So, here I find myself at the two highest mileage months on my calendar. Boy this sure did sneak up on me. The good news is that I have some fun things added into the schedule, so it helps to break up the long weeks some. This weekend, I am doing the Cajun Country Half Marathon right here in Lafayette! Well, actually, I am running 7 miles with friends then we are doing the half, since it is a 20 mile training day. There are alot of twenty plus milers in my training season. 18 to be exact. 18 days of 20+ milers, including 2 - 50 mile races, and 2 - 50k's (31 miles) and one road (or hard packed dirt according to the website) marathon. From now until February 2nd, I have 7 more 20+ days left before the celebration of all of my training - the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler!
I mentioned the Cajun Country Half Marathon - a GREAT local race with a little twist thrown in. Here's a hint: you might get your shoes a little muddy on this one, folks. Then, the weekend after I am joining some friends in Texas for the Day After the End of the World Marathon. I am not a fan of road marathons, but this one is just quirky enough to make it interesting. It is 4 loops on hard packed dirt. There is the End of the World Marathon on the Friday then the Day After on the Saturday. Some are doing both halves or both fulls - one is enough for me. I am an optimist, but I am also a realist. I chose the Day After so if the world does end, I get a rest day. :)
I also managed to talk some friends into doing a trail marathon with me in Chicot one Saturday. That is when you know you have some crazy friends. I didn't even have to beg!!
Here is my weekly mileage up until Rocky:
Dec 9 - 15 = 50 miles
Dec 16- 22 = 64 miles
Dec 23 - 29 = 64 miles
Dec 30 - Jan 5 = 37 miles
Jan 6 - Jan 12 = 47 miles
Jan 13 - Jan 19 = 76 miles
Jan 20 - Jan 26 = 36 miles
Jan 27 - Feb 2 = 110 miles (Race week)
The key is an 8 day period from January 12 through January 19th where I will have a total of 107 miles. When I was training for my 100 last year, I read that it was recommended for an ultra that your peak week's mileage equals the distance of your race. It was hard with work, family, etc., to fit it into a 7 day period, but I could make it into an 8 day week. I did this, and I really feel like it helped. Yes, that 8 day period kicked my ass, but once I was rested and tapered for the race, I felt very strong. That is creeping up on me much quicker than I would like to admit.
So, if you see me pulled over on the side of the road taking a nap, you will understand. :)
Happy Running (and running, and running, and running) Y'all!