Looking for some training advice. I’m a mediocre and inconsistent runner, but I’m very consistent/fast hiker/mountain scrambler, and I really want to up my game and become a better, more consistent, trail and mountain runner. Not necessarily even for events – I just like moving far and fast in the mountains for my own enjoyment. But I have been feeling like I need a big running goal to train for to keep me focused enough to improve.
I bought the marathon training plan because it was geared to the beginning runner, with the plan to train for a marathon in October. The idea of running a marathon and checking that off my list sounded like a great way to eventually move to become a better mountain runner as well. But quickly I ran into a stumbling point that where I live in the CO mountains, I have no convenient access to flat-ish trails or roads to train on…and no treadmill access in this pandemic.
I decided to just move forward with the marathon plan since I bought it and try to adapt to my local trails, and see when the country opens up and races start again if I can find a good first trail race that can take advantage of my training. But I’m running into issues with the scheduled 30 min easy paced runs and hills….everything around me has decent climbs I have to hike up to stay in my AeT zone, and I feel like I’m doing more hiking than running. I’m concerned that having so much gain that forces me to hike on these base-building weeks won’t actually be effective toward building a running base?
I’d love some advice as to whether I should just keep going with the marathon plan, or if I should purchase a different plan? I looked at Luke Nelson’s Intro to Ultra Running Training Plan, but it specifies “handling back to back 25 mile weeks” which I’m fully not at yet.
Also, if you have suggestions for a trail race length/type to shoot for that would still be ambitious but do-able given my trail-only access, I’m all ears as well! Its a weird time with all of the races being cancelled to try and formulate goals!
(I’m also reading the book right now which is GREAT, and I’m sure will provide good direction).