I've set a personal goal of 3000 miles in the 52 week period leading to the 2012 LT100.  That's 50 weeks at an average of 60 miles per week (some will be more / some will be less  ... ranging from 40 miles a week to 80 miles a week essentially) + 15 'zero / vacation / contingency' days (in addition to scheduled rest days) should I choose / need to take them.

 

I finished my last '100' (actually 135 miles) at my 13th finish at Badwater in July 2009, then took a rest year in 2010 where I averaged 40 miles per week (mostly hiking).  In 2011, I opened the year with similar mileage, then bumped it up to an average of 50 miles per week this last 26 weeks (still mostly hiking ... and mainly 6 mile sessions with 1000' of ascent and 1000' of descent per session ... 80% trail/20%road ... 3000' of elevation to 4000').  Need to take it up another notch to include less hiking, more running, and more training runs in the 20-40 mile range.

 

Will build over the winter months and then run American River 50 Mile in April and see where I'm at.

 

Do you have a mileage goal for the leadup to Leadville?  How did you choose it?

 

Scott

 

 

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I as well set the goal to 3000 miles (Don't really know where that number comes from, but it is what everyone seems to use it.), I took a few too many weeks off after my last race Devil mountain 50 and now I have to average 68 miles per week.  My other goal is 400,000' of vertical gain, which translates to about 8,000' of gain per week.  I am a bit behind there too;  I have been averaging about 6500' per week.  My original goal  was to average more like 10,000' per week, but I don't know how I can get the gain in and the millage with my schedule.  

 

I was told by my friend and unofficial coach that I had to run 3000 miles by Leadville, (He has finished Leadville 13 times)  We have not talked about vertical gain, I just like to run hills and I know it can only help.

 

This will be my first 100 and I still learning.  I would love hear what others think as well.

Dan 

I'm never a real fan of "annual" mileage goals, rather I tend to look for marker "events".  In your case it'd be the AR50. In mine, perhaps the Trail Running Festival in Fruita (also in April, pending wife's approval) or a somewhat easier to get to 80k in Argentina which is part of the North Face Endurance Series (presuming the race is run again in 2012).
I also am scheduling ultra distance training runs.  One which I'll be scouting over the holidays in my car I see as a possible 80k here in Bolivia.   
Training for an individual marker ends up taking care of the total mileage and provides micro-goals on the way to the major one.
J

Jay,

Thanks for your thoughts, you are absolutely right.  I myself tend to over think everything in the first place, but I generally look at it, race by race. However not this time, I just think Leadville, is a different animal and I have never taken on a running race of this caliber before.  I want to be ready.  Being an intense rock climber, I have trained for other events, but Leadville looks a bit more taxing. I am running the Quad Rock 50 with 11,000' of gain in May and then I have a number of little goals to shoot for.  But I think for me, it is important to still keep Leadville in my sights in terms of training for it.    

  

Hmmm, what a great idea -  micro-goals . . . plan for major training run weeks in the future as if it were a race.   Instead of, how do you want to get the miles this week? 

Thanks for the tips . . .

I just laid out a training calendar with key workouts, weekly mileage goals and long workouts planned.  Adding up the numbers I get to 2300 miles between this week and Leadville.  I then decided to check out how many miles I've run since last year's LT100: Just about 400.  
During a 50k in October I broke a bone in my right foot and last week marked my return to actual training - a layoff of 6 or 7 weeks.
Seems like 3000 miles falls out almost by accident...
J

SKArunner said:

Jay,

Thanks for your thoughts, you are absolutely right.  I myself tend to over think everything in the first place, but I generally look at it, race by race. However not this time, I just think Leadville, is a different animal and I have never taken on a running race of this caliber before.  I want to be ready.  Being an intense rock climber, I have trained for other events, but Leadville looks a bit more taxing. I am running the Quad Rock 50 with 11,000' of gain in May and then I have a number of little goals to shoot for.  But I think for me, it is important to still keep Leadville in my sights in terms of training for it.    

  

Hmmm, what a great idea -  micro-goals . . . plan for major training run weeks in the future as if it were a race.   Instead of, how do you want to get the miles this week? 

Thanks for the tips . . .

The race can be completed on less than 3,000 miles in a year.  I proved that.  But that's about the level that most of the folks I know and train with like to be in.

I have a wife, 4 kids, day job, and consulting biz so not sure I can squeeze in 60 miles a week. We have a couple treadmills in the office so I've been hitting those in the winter months for 20-30 miles a week. I completed my first 50 mile ultra in Leadville on this as found the treadmill is great mental training :)

Hoping to weave in 1-2 long trail runs on the weekend on Kenosha Pass or another higher altitude trail!

Alex:  I am in a similar boat, on top of fighting with my wife for running slots.  I wouldn't be able either, if I didn't have a treadmill at home.  I have done multiple sessions in a day, early and late. I have not done too many night runs, many of the local trails are closed after dusk and I am not a big fan of night running in traffic.  The treadmill has saved me. It is boring at times, but I have the entire Rocky collection and it seems to get me through.  Especially if I just watch the second half, that is when they play the drama music. . .

Every week I shoot for 70+ miles, but life happens.  Sometimes I miss it, but that is what I shoot for.  It seems 50 miles is easy for me, 70 is a stretch.    

Check out AJW's post on Balance.

http://ajwsblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/balance.html

I like the Rocky tip!

A couple hours after me posting here my whole department was laid off. So now I have some time to put in 70 miles a week :)

i also use races as "build ups". last summer i ran a 25 mile and a 50k before my first 50 mile and felt good and finished strong. this year i'm hoping to line up another 25 mile, 50k and 50 mile race before leadville. i'm in denver almost every week if anyone wants to meet up for some trail runs on chimney gulch, mt falcon, etc.

dan

I do 80% of my outdoor runs at Lookout, Apex, and Falcon.  So I am always up for a run.

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