A buddy of mine is starting a coaching business and sent me the following post. He’s asked me to help promote his coaching services. (He’s learned a lot simply by observing me over the past 6 years. I take full credit for all of the in-depth knowledge that he imparts in this post). Here are the details –
JC’s Coaching Services:
I think I’m going to start a coaching service to compete with yours. It will be called Crandall’s Ultra Running Keys to Success (The C-URKS for short). Here’s the plan for a buildup for an Ultra Marathon in 12 easy months:
First 6 months: Be a closet trainer. Build up from 40 miles a week to 80 miles a week at the end. Remember to keep notes so that you can blog about it during the next phase of training.
Next 3 months: Become THAT GUY/GIRL. Talk about running all the time. Only about running. Start a running blog. Incorporate some good animal or nature imagery into the blog name. (Bonus points if your blog title has the words spirit, any cloud, or any large feline or ungulate in it. For example nimbusspiritcheetahruns.com is a real winner.) Also, talk a lot about pooping and eating odd things like elk liver or wheat grass. Whatever it is, it can’t just be liver or grass, it has to be something special, and weird. Run 40-60 miles per week. Perhaps start talking about making your own energy cocktails and trying a new diet. Trust me, these things are needed if you want to be a serious Ultra Runner.
Next 2 months: Keep talking about running. Run about 50-80 miles a week. Also, consider a running vacation. Nothing says Ultra Runner like going to a National Park/High Altitude Village/Secluded Area for some training. Buy some really expensive water bottles, hydration packs, super thick soled shoes, minimalist shoes, and headbands. Don’t forget to always talk about running and what a positive influence it has on your life.
Last month before the race: The most important time. For 2 weeks, you’ll have to deal with self loathing and a strong hate of running. Talk about this. Your friends want to hear about this. Both of your blog followers want to read about this. Trust me, I’m the coach. About 2 weeks before the race, you’ll start to snap out of your funk. But now its time to taper. Talk about how much you miss running. Now you’re ready.
Race day: Over prepare. Pack lots of gear bags. You’ll want to have a minimum of 9 pairs of back up shoes. Remember, it can be really cold at an ultra. Even if its July. In Tennessee. You’ll want to have at least 20,000 calories of various runner friendly foods. You have probably grown accustomed to regular potato chips and the Ultra Marathon food stops might have ruffles. Don’t take any chances.
Running the race: Oh, you’re on your own here. This Ultra Running is no joke, except that its mostly walking.
Post race: Don’t forget to write in your blog!!
As you become a more accomplished Ultra Runner this entire sequence will be compressed down into roughly 2 months. Its a wild ride, but well worth the price of a good coach! I look forward to working with you!
(Editor’s note: Both Jesse and I really like running. He is a good friend, and largely responsible for the success I’ve had as a runner. Also, the part about packing 9 extra pair of shoes for my first Leadville 100? Sad, but true…)