In 7 days I will run the El Paso Marathon, but will treat this as a training run for the Jemez Mountain 50 miler that I’m running in May. Usually a marathoner would build his mileage reaching a 20 mile long run about 4-6 weeks before the big race. He would then taper off to ensure that he is well rested and in optimum shape to run a fast marathon.
I, on the other hand, am training for a 50 mile high altitude trail run in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. My training strategy is to run back to back long runs of 15-20 miles on the weekends with easier 4-6 mile runs during the week. I plan to complete a 30-35 mile training run in March and a 35-40 mile run in April. This should prepare me for the challenging course I will encounter in May.