As you can see by the chart above, I had a pretty solid training regime heading into my first and 2nd 100 Miler. I gradually increased my miles from October-March and then ran my 1st 100 in April. From there, I used May and June to continue training while actively recovering from McNaughton and continuing to train for Vermont.
Events Leading Up:9.24.06: Vermont 50 Miler (VT): 10:32
10.21.06: Breakers Nifty 50 Miler (RI): 10:05
11.18.06: JFK 50 Miler (MD): 9:47
1.6-7.07: Disney's Goofy Challenge 39.3 mi.(FL): 5:59
4.14.07: McNaughton Park 100 Miler (IL): 34:15
5.27.07: Pineland Farms 50K (ME): 5:35:15
6.9.07: Pittsfield Peaks 50 Miler (VT): 16:02
6.23.07: Pemi Loop Challenge 50K JR (NH): 10:14
Result: 2007 Vermont 100 - 23:19
In 2008, I upped the ante a little bit. I would return to Illinois to try to run the 150 Miler there in April, and then follow it up with the Massanutten 100 in Virginia in May. Certainly, another "bite-off-more than you can chew moment" in life, but my training followed my plan with more 200+ mile months. Yes.. I know that Anton "Ego" Krupichka runs 200 miles per week. Good for him. I've always been a low mileage ultra-runner and it's treated me well. In September 2007, I ran the Grand Teton 100 in Wyoming and finished. Then ran the Vermont 50 three weeks later. I was a mad man. Truly in LOVE with ultra-running. Unaware of the burn-out that could follow. Regardless, I trained as hard as time would allow and pushed towards another great Vermont 100 in 2008.
There it is, plain as day. The beginning of many "blip December's" to come. Either way, I bounced back from that little rest quite well, pushing myself to churn out 200+ mile months all the way through my training schedule in June. I started my now annual winter Fat Ass series. More miles + more races + tougher races = better result?
Events Leading Up:9.30.07: Vermont 50 (VT): 10:06
11.10.07: Stone Cat Ale 50 Miler (MA): 10:34
1.28.08: The Boston Prep x2 50K FA (NH): 5:10
3.23.08: Run The Kanc V3.0 50K JR (NH): 7:10
4.11.08: McNaughton Park 150 Miler (IL): 33:33 (DNF @ 100 Miles)
5.17.08: Massanutten 100 (VA): 32:09
6.14.08: Pittsfield Peaks 50 Miler (VT): 12:20
Result: 2008 Vermont 100 - 23:37
Not all that bad. A whole 18 minutes slower than 2007 and with a running schedule over-loaded with events. I was just as happy with this result as I was with the year before. It was starting to look like I knew all the secrets of the Vermont 100. So much so that I had it down to a sub-24 hour science. At this point in my ultra-running career, I had just finished running 100 miles for the 6th time and yet, this is the only race (still is) where I'd be able to finish in under 24 hours.
To Be Continued...