As most of you know I am training for a 6 hour endurance “ultra marathon”.  As of today that race is only 16 days away (April 29th).  Oh, boy, that’s not long at all.  But I have found, through my recent training, that my runs are getting easier.

Right now, I am running every other, or every 3rd day.  This gives my muscles enough time to recover, so they are healthy, and strong enough for a good run.  I’ve read quite a bit that you really should run back to back days, or recovery runs.  But my goal at this point, is to not get injured before or during my long run event.  My fear is that if I push myself too much now, I may end up with worse plantar Fasciitis, a pulled muscle, or strained ligaments. 

I understand that some people reading this might think that my fears are overblown, but most people reading this don’t weigh 286 pounds.  Which is down from 331, thanks to running and a lower carb lifestyle. But still 286 is a lot to lug for 2 miles let alone 26.

As I mentioned, I have been running more frequently, and stretching out my distances.  I used to run 3-5 miles each run, now I am usually between 5-8 miles.  It’s been interesting to see my run times improving, but now I know I have to maintain this training routine.  I’ve seen a few times so far that if I get too relaxed on training, and maybe only run 1-2 times over a two or three week period, running is so much tougher.  It really is a use it or lose it.

I really am enjoying these faster race times, and I am close to getting under the 30 minute mark on a 5k and 1 hour mark on my last 10k.  Those are major milestones that I have been chasing for 6 or 7 months.  I have pretty lofty goals to achieve by the end of the year. So, if I’m going to reach them I have to stay this dedicated. 

So with just over two weeks to go until the big event, I have ran just over 22 miles so far in April, and I hope to finish my last training run 2 days before the race, with about 45 miles under my belt.  I also hope to get as close to 26.2 miles as possible during the run.  So that should put me at about 70 miles for the month, which is my goal.

Thanks for all the support, and I’ll probably post again before my run, but certainly after.

(for more info on my 6 hour endurance run, check this out…)

Be safe, stay strong, and keep going!

~Jay Cunningham

Jogger’s Journey