Mountain Ultra Marathon - 100 mile 23 Week Training Plan With Strength and Conditioning

Average Weekly Training Hours 11:17
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 11:17
Training Load By Week

A dedicated 23 week plan tailored for the unique demands of mountain ultra marathons of 100 mile distance, written by an experienced Coach and Mountain Runner, Sky Runner who has completed many of the hardest mountain races and ultra marathons including Lavaredo Ultra Trail, Trofeo Kima, Tromso Skyrace and the Glen Coe Skyline.

It is 23 weeks long and features 3 build weeks followed by a recovery week before moving to 2 build weeks and 1 recovery week as training intensifies. It has a three week taper.

Designed for mountainous trail races, such as mountain ultra marathons events up to c.100 mile distance.

Requires access to hills or a treadmill for certain workouts and a HR monitor.
Time based rather than distance.
It includes a Strength and Conditioning Plan that compliments the stage of run training, starting with Stability and moving through Strength and Power Phases. It involves two sessions per week on Build Weeks and 1 Session on Recovery weeks.

Suitable for those looking to finish or those looking for a fast time as optional for harder or easier workouts.
Race day advice provided throughout the plan.

Sample Day 1
1:00:00
1hr Threshold Heart Rate Test

1hr threshold HR Test

Warm Up
15 mins Easy Pace, increased effort for final 5 minutes.
Mid way through do some dynamic stretches, bum flicks and high knees.

Main Set
25 minutes Tempo Run
This is not very pleasant, start of at a pace you know you can maintain for the 25 minutes, but should be very hard for final five minutes.

Cool Down
20 Minutes easy run/walk
Bring HR back down slowly

Sample Day 2
0:30:00
30 Min Recovery Run

30 Minute Recovery Run

HR Zone 1 for 30 Minutes

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
1hr Interval Run - 5 x 3 Minutes

1hr Interval Run

Warm Up
15 minutes Easy Pace. Increasing effort for final 5 minutes.
Include dynamic stretches, bum flicks and high knees mid way through Warm Up

Main Set
5 x 3 minutes Fast Paced (not sprint)
3 minutes recovery

Cool Down
Make up to 1 hour with Easy Running

Sample Day 3
0:50:00
Weights 1

Do this with light weights initially to get body used to it.


This is the Stabilisation/Endurance Phase - we will move in to Strength and then Power Phases as the training progresses.
So this may feel a little easy, but note short rest periods here.


WU and Activation Exercises:
Foam Roll Calf
Foam Roll IT Bands
Walking lunges x 6
Stretch Hip Flexor
Glute Bridge - hold for 30 seconds
Plank - hold for 30 seconds
Single Leg Balance - try 30 seconds both legs (great if the have a wobble board, balance ball to stand on and will strength ankles).


MS:
2 x 15 reps of each. Rest period of between sets of 20 to 30 seconds (so not long, try and monitor this).
Squats - Body Weight, think about good form
Dumbbell Bench Press on Swiss Ball
Ball Cobra's
Single Leg Single Arm Bent Over Row
Single Leg Romanian Dead Lift (will help with balance)

Core - your choice

CD:
Stretches including upper back - Y, T, W and achilles
Foam Roll Calfs and IT Bands

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
Hill Sprints - 8 - 10 second Repeats to develop Strength - go at 85% first time around

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Requires a short steep hill (average gradient of 30% to 50% is ideal).

WU:
20 minutes easy running, gradually increasing pace in final 5 minutes - so likely be in HR Zone 3 to 4.
10 minutes of dynamic stretches - high knees, walking lunges, bouncing on toes, leg swings, ballistic toes touches. Want well warmed up. This is designed to activate the stretch reflex in the tendons to make sure they know they are ready to work.
2 x 20 or 30 seconds medium to hard effort hill runs. 1 to 2 minute walking downhill as recovery
2 x 20 seconds skipping uphill. Again 1 to 2 minute of walking downhill as recovery.

Make sure you do a thorough Warm Up. If feeling tight or wanting to extend please do - this is a high intensity workout and likely to lead to injury if not well warmed up.

MS:
Once well warmed up an no pain ready to begin!
8 x 8 - 10 seconds of maximum power sprints. 2 minute recovery after each one.
As first time doing go around 85% of maximum and treat first rep or two as an extension to the warm up.

CD:
20 minute easy jog to cool down.

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
1hr Interval Run - 6 x 3 Minutes

1hr Interval Run

Warm Up
15 minutes Easy Pace. Increasing effort for final 5 minutes.
Include dynamic stretches, bum flicks and high knees mid way through Warm Up

Main Set
6 x 3 minutes Fast Paced (not sprint)
3 minutes recovery

Cool Down
Make up to 1 hour with Easy Running

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
Weights 2

WU and Activation:
Foam Roll Calfs and IT Bands
Walking Lunges
Clam Shells 2 x 15 reps
Swiss Ball Glute Bridge - 2 x 15 reps
Side Plank - 30 seconds per side
Single Leg Balance - on wobble board/balance ball. 30 seconds per leg.
Calf Raises - hold for 5 seconds, 2 x 15 with 30 seconds rest between sets. So for these go up on to tip toes, hold for five seconds lower slowly and then straight back up for another five seconds.

2 x 15 on 20 seconds rest
MS:
Step Up to Bicep Curl (so step up on to a box with dumbbells, and perform a bicep curl on the box)
Push Up
Single Arm Cable Row
Single Leg Scaption (each set switch balance leg)
Side Lunge

Core - your choice

CD:
Stretches and Foam Roll as before

Doug Stewart
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