This post will not answer the title question for you. I did, but that doesn’t mean you should. It also doesn’t mean I should…check back in 6 months to find out.
Oh, you want to know about the goal? It’s a 38K trail race at the beginning of July. It would be the longest race I’ve done by about 9 miles, but on the other hand it’s a distance I know I could hike in a day if necessary. The goal, though, is to run most of it.
I ran a 25K last July, but, um, I haven’t run farther than 5 miles since then. I think ran maybe once a week through November and December. Given that, 6 months doesn’t sound so long any more. Six months does sound like too long to plan all at once, though, so I’m starting out with training priorities instead of a plan. Here they are:
Plan monthly, evaluate weekly: because sometimes the run you planned 2 months ago would be a dumb idea for today. January’s plan calls for getting back to consistent 3x/week runs.
Recover hard: This is the part where a running coach would say to foam roll, do mobility exercises, etc. They are right and you should do those things, but I am not a running coach and this plan is only for me. And for me the most important part of recovery is the rest/sleep part, because if I push to the point of too tired I will crash hard and it can takes weeks to recover (thanks, wonky immune system). Long runs require long rests; sometimes long rests require not doing or putting off other things you want to do.
*Maximum* 2 strength training per week: I actually like strength training, so sometimes I want to do more. My body does not like this in combination with running.
Hike if you’d rather: meaning, if your plan says trail run but you feel like hiking, do. There’s no rule about how fast you have to go.
Take a wilderness first aid course: I know only the most basic of first aid basics, because I am appallingly squeamish and have thus far successfully avoided further education in that vein. That won’t cut it for being on the trails, potentially alone, for hours at a time. This is definitely the part I’m least looking forward to, but I think it’s the responsible adult thing to do here.
How do you plan for a race that’s 6 months away?