Thinking of Running a 50km Ultra-Marathon Race?


So exactly what does it take to run a 50km race? How do you go about training for the event. Should you try to RACE on the day, or just hope to FINISH! How long should you train? Do you have to run a standard marathon first?

These are all the questions going through my mind. I’ve done a bit of research “in true me fashion – the analyst in me always have to show up in everything I do!”. There is so much information, I guess the only way to find out is by trying things out for yourself and see what works.

June was a really difficult month for me – still is! If I missed a training day I did not worry about it too much, but I guess that attitude caused more damage to my overall fitness, cos over the last couple of weeks I probably only trained 1 or 2 times a week and even on those days I struggled through the training run. Now I am down with flu and all sorts of ailments again….starting to sound like little excuses 🙂

So what does it take 50km race?

To be ready and run my Ultra in September I will have to increase my weekly mileage, almost double it. So far I have build up to a 24km a week, this is only a half of where I need to be for my weekly target. I will have to include 2 more training days to push up the milage.

In addition to training runs I will also have to run races, no more sleeping in on weekends:-). I was so diligent with my planning, but have missed two races already! Really need to get my head straight here…but it is so COLD :-). Who in his right mind would want to go and queue at the starting line for a race at 3 degrees?

To be “ultra race ready” I need to have at least ran 2 half marathons and have covered the distance of 30km during a long run three times!!!!

Talk about commitment! Now, I am really scared. I am no longer sure if I can do this, seems like this is just a bit too hard, too much, too soon :-(. Maybe I should give myself more time? I read somewhere, that running the 50km race is not hard – but training for a 50km race is. 

Still thinking of running a 50km ultra-marathon race? 

Quote of the day

It’s my own space, my own time, when I’m just out there letting my thoughts go. It’s a part of my day like eating, and it’s one of my favorite parts”. Louise Kent, runner 

About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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