STRONGER and FASTER! Whatever it take to qualify for 2012 Two Oceans ULTRA MARATHON 🙂

Qualifying for the 2012 Two Oceans is easy! Just finish a marathon in under 5hrs :-). Ya right!

I have set my heart on running the ultra after my first Two Oceans Half this year. Yes, I have been completely seduced by the vibe and spirit of the 2011 Two Oceans Marathon.

It is just awesome to be part of something so big and beautiful, so why not go all out for it??? Ya right! Unlikely the half marathon…you cannot just enter and pitch for the ultra. Nope…gonna have to (1) join a running club and (2) run a marathon in under 5hrs…only then you are considered good enough to be part of the elite group of ultra marathoners :-). So, qualifying is either gonna MAKE me or BREAK me :-(. Not sure how I am gonna handle it if I don’t qualify! After all the hard work!!!!!…NO, that is not even an option!

My Qualifying Race

2012 Johnson Crane Marathon, 29 Jan!!!! It is going to be TOUGH. So much against me…(1) TIME – only have 10 weeks to train, (2) DOUBLE LOOP – I HATE running loops! Lots of MENTAL MANTRA required :-)…so not ideal, but THAT IS THE TARGET.  ONLY HAVE ONE SHOT! Every other qualifying race is gonna be as tough as this one, leaving it for later will just put more pressure on me…Just want to qualify and get it over and done with!!!

My Race Strategy

With only 10 weeks to the race the focus will have to be on quality training. I need a training plan that would allow me to put in enough kilometers, but also ensure I recover properly. Obviously long runs is going to be key, but to get in under 5hrs I have to include some races and speed training sessions.

Week 1-3: SPEED and  3*10km races, 21km race

Week 4-6: LONG RUNS and 21.1km race

Week 6-9: LONGEST LONG RUN 30km and begin TAPER

Week 10: RACE WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Training Programme

Week 1 came and go. A slow week, only managed to get about 25km in :-). Now for the next grueling 9 weeks. Need to build weekly mileage to about 75km per week :-)!

Week WK mileage LR (km) TOTAL (km) Comments
1 6/8/7  15 36 Tough 15km!
2  15 15  15km PB!!
3  5/10/5  18  38  Getting there
4  5/8/12/5  21  51  ???
5  12/12/10/6  30  70  
6  12/5/12/5  32  66
7  8/10/12/5  21  56
8  8/12/8/8  16  52
9  10/8  42 60 JC 2012! 

Rest of story under construction….

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