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How They Train!

Elizabeth Stupi - February 2013

Age

How many years have you been running?

Lifetime personal records

Consider your training over the past 6 months to one year.  How many miles a week do you typically run when not injured and consistently running?

What running events (springs to ultra-distance) do you train for, or what are your training goals?

What does your typical week of running look like?

Please note that this “typical” week is somewhat new. I did things a little differently when training last spring/summer. This is because I’ve only been running ultras for a few years and am still trying to figure out what works best for me. Also, I’ve started “streaking” with some of my FUR (Florida Ultra Running) friends. Every day will also include at least 50 push-ups and 50 sit-ups. The FUR streak I’m doing requires 2 miles, 50 push-ups and 50 sit-ups. I’m trying this as a new means of training for ultras. I’m not absolutely strict about my training schedule though. Sometimes things get moved around because of the rest of my life. As long as I get my 2/50/50 each day and long run each week, I try not to worry too much.

How has your training changed over the years?

Do you take recovery or down time?

Do you peak for certain races?

How much sleep do you usually get at night?

What time of day do you normally run?

What injuries have hampered your training over the past year? 

Do you take any dietary or medical supplements?

What type of running shoes do you prefer?

Do you race in a different type of running shoe?

Do you use weight training?

Do you stretch? 

What are your favorite running routes?

What running resources do you like that would benefit someone else?

What examples can you give of specific training methods, and what were the results?

What advice do you have for beginning or experienced runners to help them with their training?