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Hello All, brand new here, please be gentle:^0 . I have been out of running for ever (20+years), used to do Triathlons and 5/10k's. I want to start running ultra's, trails in particular. I am going to have my complete physical done on Monday (6/9). I don't expect any issues at all. I want to do my first 50k on the weekend I turn 50. Is that a realistic goal? I am not really doing any training right now, my time line to start seriously is August 01. (schedule and time will free up greatly then) All things considered, it seems do-able to me. I know I have the mental discipline for endurance running, I suppose the only factor is how fast I can get ready? Please let me know if I am way off base in my expectations for a newbie, I look forward to becoming involved in this community and sharing the many miles ahead with you all.
I did the Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run last month as my first ultra-marathon at the age of 46. I wasn't really planning to do an ultra, but was definitely training for marathon distance and did my 3rd marathon in April. I think the desire to finish is just as important as the physical fitness, so you're already half-way there. Keep training and go for it!
Thanks for the encouragement!! Congrats on your marathons..How was your first 50k? Was it tougher than you had expected or was it just fun to be out there? I can't wait...We (my wife and I) are going to do the LA Marathon with the goal of just beating the time restriction. I have my own goal for the 50k. How many miles are you training per week? Is that trail running primarily?
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What a fantastic goal. I think 8 months will be enough time to train for a 50K as long as you are not particularly worried about your finishing time. If you follow a decent workout schedule, I believe you will be able to complete the race as long as you are able to avoid injuries, major blisters, etc. Please let us know if you have any more questions or comments.
Good luck and happy running!
ps - I'm also planning to run my first ultra in the spring of '09 (this year I'm focused on completing the Maryland Double - the Frederick and Baltimore marathons).
Thanks so much for your input! I have been starting to read your blog (just found it), wow, you are really active, thats very cool. I am really excited about returning to running, the Dr. just gave me the thumbs up this am., barring of course any unforseen lab results. I may pick your brain for a good training schedule, right now I'm doing treadmill work and researching trails in my area.
I may pick your brain for a good training schedule
No problem; I'd be happy to help out. And I'm glad you enjoy my blog (I love getting comments). I started it because I wanted to keep a record for myself and others of what it's like to prepare for marathons (and ultras next year). I hope it's somewhat inspiring.
Best of luck with your return to running!