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How I Power Through My 100-Mile Ultra Training

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My ultra run training is in high gear right now.  It actually has been in high gear for a while, but I am stepping things up even more in preparation for a trip to run the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim and for the Hitchcock Experience 100 mile race in December.  I have referred to this year as the year of mountains because it all began with a trip to Squaw Valley, California for the Broken Arrow Sky Race 52k, which was followed by The Never Summer 100k in Colorado. Both were beautiful. At Broken Arrow, I powered up the Vertical K race on Friday and Ran the 52k on Saturday for back-to-back hard days.

At Never Summer, I did not make the time cut at mile 30, which was not entirely unexpected, given the tough mountain course, but boy did I see some wonderful things along the way!

After getting time cut at Never Summer, I became even more determined to get in a 100 miler by the end of the year. Of course, I did not pick an easy one. I chose the Hitchcock Experience race, which has 20,000 feet of elevation gain.  So, hill training has become standard for me. Now my training is in extra-high gear and nothing is going to slow me down, and that includes all those little niggles that runners can get, like back and muscle pain. I have a few tricks for tackling that.

My Week in Training

Here is what a typical training week looks like for me right now and how I power through it all.

Weekday Standard Runs: I run during my lunch hour three days per week for five to six miles, often focusing on a route that has hills. These are pavement runs. Everything else that I do is on trails.

Wednesday Medium-Long Run and Stair Repeats: On Wednesdays, I head out to a trail with an eight-mile loop that also has a set of stairs going up a cliff face. The stairs used to be for a toboggan run that was there, but that has since been removed. The area is now popular for exercise, with 125 steep and slightly uneven steps. I normally do ten sets of stairs and then run the loop.

Weekend Hill Repeats and Long Run: I typically visit our local large sledding hill for repeats on Saturday or Sunday for around five miles of hill repeats. The other days, I do a long run, preferably on hilly and technical trials. Mixed in some weeks are longer races. For example, coming up, I am going to complete 47 miles at the Grand Canyon, run a 24-hour race, and run a 50-mile race. All serve as training for my 100 miler. This past weekend, however, was shorter. I visited Indiana Dunes State Park for about 19 miles of climbing sandy hills. It is a beautiful location!

Strength training: I lift weights twice per week, focusing extra on my upper body and core.  My legs already get a lot of strength work from all of the hill work that I am doing.

So, how do I power through it all? First off, it is key that I really love it. I love being out on the trails and the sense of accomplishment that comes from a finishing a tough workout. There are so many beautiful places in the world, and I want to be out there actively experiencing as many of them as possible. I also focus a lot on recovery through proper eating and fueling for my runs and by taking control of pain management. So, for times when back and muscle pain are heightened, I get massage, take Epsom salt baths, and use Aleve Back & Muscle Pain, which offers all day pain relief so that I can overcome tough pain and put my whole self into each day of training. This means that you can bet that back and muscle pain will not be slowing me down! It doesn’t have to slow you down either. Aleve Back & Muscle Pain is now available at Walmart. Only Aleve offers up to 12 hours of pain relief in just 1 pill*. All Day Strong, All Day long. *Among leading OTC brands,. based on minimum labelled dosing. Use as directed.

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Also, always remember this. It is my favorite motivational quote. The photo is from the Never Summer 100k Course.

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