The Next Adventure

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My running (and blogging) has been in a little bit of a slump. I ran the Goodlife Toronto Marathon in May and ended with a knee injury that took months of physical therapy to heal. It taught me that perhaps just deciding to run a marathon without proper training is not the best approach.

I really have not been feeling enthusiastic about marathon training so I have decided to try something new – I have signed up for a 50K trail run in April. I know it seems counter-intuitive that if I didn’t like marathon training that I would decide to run farther but I am really excited about trail running instead of road running.

I have also decided to embrace a new running philosophy for trail running, I am going to run to have a solid race with a strong finish instead of trying to run as fast as I can. I think that I was starting to find the pressure to go faster every race off-putting so I am switching gears.

I spend a lot of time reading running (and food) blogs and I couldn’t find a lot about the journey leading up to one’s first ultra marathon so I am going to share my story and my journey.

I am going to write about life while training for a 50K trail race. Unfortunately the training will be through the winter to make it extra fun. In addition to training for the 50K, I am also going to school part-time, working full-time and trying to eat healthily so that my body can keep up this level of activity. I will keep you updated on how the training journey goes including meals plans, training plans and anything else I think of.

Please keep in mind that this is not couch to ultra. I have run a marathon within the last year, a half-marathon within the last month and I consistently run 40-50km a week plus going to a bootcamp style class 2-3 times per a week.

165 days until the race!

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3 thoughts on “The Next Adventure

  1. Martha B November 4, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your journey! Trail running is a totally different world, and if you can train hard through the winter you will be well prepared for anything life throws your way! All the best to you!

    • katherineyager November 4, 2014 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks! Any other advise for a trail running newbie? I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to trail run once it starts snowing a lot. Any wisdom is much appreciated!

      • Martha B November 4, 2014 / 9:40 pm

        Winter is tricky, you have to be creative. And tough and patient. I cross country ski a lot in the winter to keep my endurance up and cover rough terrain and get hills in, that way if I have to run indoors or in a safer place, I don’t miss out entirely on that aspect of things.
        Good gear is critical, don’t be scared to splurge on some decent shoes and nice tights. Take your time running in snowy icy conditions – when in doubt, hike it out. Hiking is a great workout too, especially with all the natural obstacles winter throws at you. Do speed work on a treadmill or indoor track so you don’t lose all your power.
        Also, think in terms of minutes instead of miles. If you usually run 10-ish minute miles on the trails and have a 6-miler scheduled, do an hour instead. This usually is a good equation for skiing, hiking, and other cross training in terms of winter stuff. It’s a totally different world, but if you push through, come spring you will be a complete bad ass. Just be careful and be patient. It’s hard but it’s rewarding 🙂
        Also, I need you to make sure I take my own advice this winter, too. Haha. It looks really pretty on paper, but putting it into practice is a different story 🙂
        I wish you all the best, I’m no pro, but I know a little… Feel free to shoot ideas my way any time!

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