I am working first two months to build what strength I can before going into shoulder surgery. Then it will be a year of rebuilding and lower strength/running trying not to fall and reinjure myself on the trails. I am still recovering with hip pain from race last November – have to beat this or will be limited this year. My goals are to get more competent at 30 milers and try this 50 mile, 15,000′ course which will require some rigorous hill training as well/just like last year.
Current primary races:
- Vermont Ragnar ultra 30 mile
- Kilkenney Ridge 50 miles, 15000′
- Stone Cat redo 30 mile, 2500′
I plan to volunteer at the VT 100, which will be my target race in 2021, and is a qualifier for UTMB.
It bothers me a lot being so slow and I think the way to improve that is interval training – I lived in fear of my first interval runs this year. I have slowed down a lot since the last ones ins August but hopefully will improve quickly. I am afraid of what I’ve lost and need some experience to understand these training cycles…will feel better when I competently run some long distance and feel strong/better than last year to know that I do have a better base that will payoff this year.
I am excited about trying for a 50 miler and love those long training runs in the woods. Got my husband a pair of trail shoes so he can throw down a few with me 🙂