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24 Week Ultra Marathon 7-15hrs

Author

Dr Will O'Connor

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24 Weeks

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running ultra beginner intermediate hr based

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Plan Description

Can I run an ultramarathon on only 3 days a week? YES you can.
Not every aspiring ultra runner has unlimited time to train. The six months three-four day a week plan will set you up for success without needing to give up your life.

The three most important aspects of training for an ultramarathon are;

Time on your feet
Consistency
Running under fatigue

To make your ultramarathon experience an enjoyable one, you need first to understand it is a journey. There will be injury, there will be missed training, there will be crappy runs, and there will be self-doubt. This is all part of training for and running an ultramarathon.

What is your ultimate goal, and why?

First set out your goal. For most people, this is going to be a combination of a time-based goal (i.e. sub 10hrs) and a personal fulfilment goal (i.e. I want to complete a 50km). This is essentially your motivation. You still need to figure out your why. Maybe you want to test yourself mentally, maybe you want some added motivation to train. Whatever it is, make sure you know why your training as this will help you enjoy the journey and not get bogged down in training.

The final 12 weeks is where the REAL training begins.

The final 12 weeks is a combination of extra long runs, hills and some speed work. Speed work? For an ultramarathon? YES! Speed isn’t so much about making you a faster runner as it is making you a more efficient runner. If you only run slow, you’ll begin to limit your range of motion and as a result not develop your running muscles to the fullest.

If you can practise running <5min/km for 1-5min then running 8min/km is going to feel a lot easier. And it needs to feel easy because you’re going to be doing it for most of the day!

Unless otherwise stated, run EASY. You’re not trying to break a new world record, so your pace is almost irrelevant. Time is what we are interested in. There are so many factors that can influence your pace that it’s best used only as a reference point.

Utilise walking. Regardless of your ability level, you will end up walking in an ultramarathon so you might as well start with a walking plan. Hills are an obvious one. The general rule of thumb is ‘if you can’t see the top, walk’.

Test everything. Your long run is an excellent opportunity to test out your nutrition, hydration and equipment. For each of your long runs, you should be using the same equipment and nutrition you plan to use on race day. It’s better to find out in training that you can’t stomach slated caramel gels after 5hrs of running than in a race.

Don’t be afraid to rest if you’re tired and always seek advice on injuries and niggles. Getting to the start line is more important than completing a full week of training!

The training plan outlined here is the best case scenario, so don't be too attached to the day-to-day if you wanted to do a race on the same weekend as a scheduled long run that is fine. As long as you can follow the overall structure of the plan to the best of your abilities, you'll still get to the start line in your best shape.

If you would like to have a one-on-one consultation with me, I can tailor the programme to your life commitments and goals.

Thanks for purchasing the programme and I hope you enjoy it!

All the best,

Will O'Connor PhD
Professional Coach & Sports Scientist
Performance Advantage
will@pacoaching.tv



Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:16 hrs 4:00 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:16 hrs 4:00 hrs

Dr Will O'Connor

Performance Advantage

I have been racing, studying and coaching endurance sports for my entire adult life. For me, endurance training isn't an afterthought or a chore, it's a way of life.

Early mornings, blisters, afternoon naps, getting excited about the latest Garmin release, that's who I am.

Sample Day 1

0:30:00
28.3TSS
Bonus Run (30-60min) - Move to anyday or delete

If you're running four days this week, move this run to the day of your choice.
If you're running three days this week, you can delete the workout.

Nothing specific other than keeping it easy. Heart Rate and effort within or below Zone 2.

Sample Day 2

0:45:00
42.3TSS
45min Aerobic Run

Most runners from professionals to amateurs run too fast in training. A great way to ensure you are training your aerobic system is to use a heart rate monitor.
To set your heart rates zones, use your average heart for the last 20min of a 30-90min race (i.e. 10km-half marathon) and follow these instructions http://bit.ly/36iAGfL

Sample Day 4

0:30:00
32.5TSS
Hilly Run 30-60min

Running or power hiking over hilly terrain is a great way to build leg strength and stamina. You can either run up and down the same hill or run a few different hills.
Focus on short steps with a high cadence.

Sample Day 6

1:15:00
72.3TSS
Weekend Long Slow Distance Run (60-90min)

The long run is the most important run of the week. This is where you'll build strength, fitness and stamina. It is not a race pace run! The key here is SLOW. Slow means you should be able to comfortably hold a conversation with your running partner.

Target heart rate is upper zone 2 or pace around 1-1:30min/km slower than your marathon race pace.

You can complete this run on Saturday or Sunday.

Sample Day 8

0:30:00
28.3TSS
Bonus Run (30-60min) - Move to anyday or delete

If you're running four days this week, move this run to the day of your choice.
If you're running three days this week, you can delete the workout.

Nothing specific other than keeping it easy. Heart Rate and effort within or below Zone 2.

Sample Day 9

0:45:00
42.3TSS
45-60min Aerobic Run

You can run shorter or longer depending on your energy levels and time availability. The most important thing is to get out and run.

Be sure to monitor your heart rate or effort, so you don't run too hard.

Sample Day 11

0:30:00
32.5TSS
Hilly Run 30-60min

Running or power hiking over hilly terrain is a great way to build leg strength and stamina. You can either run up and down the same hill or run a few different hills.
Focus on short steps with a high cadence.

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