Category Archives: San Diego 50 Miler

San Diego 50 Miler

Scroll all the way down to the end of the post for the tl;dr version. Prologue Inspired by the Barkley Marathons documentary and a Marathon Talk episode with Elisabet Barnes describing the Marathon de Sables, I thought I might try … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 8

It was the second week of my taper for the San Diego 50 Miler.  I felt a bit under-trained from so many easy and rest days, but told myself it was a sign that my body was recovering. Training Schedule … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 7

It was record-breaking cold this week.  But, for the most part, I missed running in it because I was sick!  I ran the Fairfax Four Miler on Sunday, skipped my next three workouts due to illness, and did a 10 … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 6

With Sunday’s medium run, I surpassed 3,168 miles for the year and set a new personal record!  Running conditions were miserable due to cold temperatures and strong winds.  I ran my last long run on the treadmill.  Now, I’m tapering … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 5

Last week’s recovery continued with easy running through Tuesday of this week.  My plan called it “fine tuning” but my lungs labored and legs lacked “pop” after so many days off.  But, this would be my last back-to-back long run … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 4

This training plan takes recovery seriously!  After Sunday’s 15 miler, the rest of the running this week was easy.  The mileage will ramp up again for two weeks before I start tapering. Training Schedule December 10th – December 16th Sunday: Medium-long … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 3

I ran my longest run in the early hours of a snow storm on Saturday!  During the week, I ran well but skipped Wednesday’s interval workout and thought I was getting sick.  I felt bad about it but knew it … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 2

The week started with a distressing medium run on a very technical trail.  But, I rebounded and ran a strong interval workout and general aerobic run during the week.  I completed my longest run ever – 28 miles – on … Continue reading

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2018 San Diego 50 Miler – Week 1

The 2017 New York City Marathon was only two weeks ago and I’m already training for the 2018 San Diego 50 Miler!  I ran three hard workouts including a 25 mile long run on Saturday – part one of two … Continue reading

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My 2018 San Diego 50 Training Plan

Preface Over the years, people have asked me if I’d ever run an ultra-marathon.  I always answered with some variation of, “Absolutely not!”  My thinking began to change last fall when I watched a documentary on the Barkley Marathons. Even … Continue reading

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