Ultramarathon training

Have you ever considered going beyond the marathon distance?  Or maybe you’ve completed or attempted an ultra in the past but would like the support and camaraderie of training in a group setting?

Join the Life’s 2 Short Women’s Ultra Training Group to train for a 50k trail race in 2020!

Details

  • One week night and one early morning conditioning run.  These are just 4-6 miles and will include hill work and track workouts.  These are professionally coached sessions.
  • Weekend group long runs.  Led by a seasoned ultrarunner and/or coaches.

*For both runs we will meet at different trails and parks each week so you can explore the front range and discover new places to run!  Every run will have 2 coaches/leaders and accommodate all levels and paces!

  • Special private group where you can communicate, sharing training tips, recipes and encourage other team members + follow up emails from your coaches
  • A 20 week training program to follow on your own with mileage, cross training, strength training and trail recommendations.
  • Monthly clinics with special expert speakers (below)
  • All course participants save 10-20% on all gear at Road Runner Sports and will receive a swag pack!!

What are we training for?

We’ve chosen 3 official ultra events to train for as a team. If you are already registered or looking at other ultra events that is okay too!  The training is setup with long runs to accommodate all distance options and will fit within your own training schedule.

Training for a tough trail marathon like Leadville??

We’ve got you covered too!  We will a variety of long run options and the clinic topics are relevant for a tough high mountain race as you will likely be out there the same amount of time as a lower elevation/less demanding 50k!

Golden Gate Dirty 30
May 30th, 2020
50k race, join our L2S women’s team when you register!
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We also have women training for the Valkyrie women’s only 50k on May 30th and the North Fork 50k on June 6th!

Ragnar Trail Tetons: August 20th-22nd
Destination event!  This will be a fun weekend full of adventure, we will be organizing an L2S carpool and more fun along the way.
We will be forming teams of 4 take turns running loops to each complete a 50k distance!

Fall ultra TBA!


Not quite up to the ultra distance?
Check out our women’s trail running training group!!
We meet twice weekly for runs at different trails that range from 4-13 miles.
Learn more here.

When??

Training starts in mid February and is offered through October!  Depending on your ultra date we recommend training with the group for at least 3 months prior to your ultra.

Session details:

4-6 mile conditioning run/workout once a week (on Tuesday or Thursday) that may entail hill work, track workouts, and specific training objectives. We will be joining a handful of the Run & Flow and March Hill Madness workouts too!

AND

A weekend long run.  These runs are on the trail and we will be setting up routes to accommodate multiple distances with an “aid station” setup along the route supported by a coach and/or trailblazer. 

*Some weekends will include sessions both days for opportunities to do back to back long runs, recommended for ultra training.

A schedule with complete run dates/locations and times will be emailed to you with your training plan and access to the online community. We intend to keep this small group training so spaces will be limited, sign up early to reserve your spot in the special program!

Pre-requisites: 
Most experts agree that you need a good base leading into a 20 week dedicated training period. So whenever your race is ideally you are starting with a good base of at least 20 miles a week and running regularly (about 3 days a week).
For this program you need to be able to run 13 miles on the trail without stopping (power hiking up the steep hills is okay). 
Pace doesn’t matter, that is the beauty of trail and ultra running!

Tentative clinic schedule: 

Session 1:  Gear talk at Road Runner Sports
Joined seasoned ultrarunners and gear experts from Road Runners to talk all about footwear, socks, apparel, packs, how to prevent chaffing, blisters and more!  What you need for training sessions and for the big day.

Session 2:  Strength training, cross training and self care
We will meet with exercise physiologists and physical therapists to talk about what runners need most to stay strong and injury free throughout their training journey.

Staunton State park: One of our beautiful long training run locations!

Session 3: Flexibility, mobility and mental strategies
Join licensed therapists and yoga instructors for a hands on therapeutic session that will incorporate yoga, breathing practices and meditation.   We will also discuss mental strategies for ultra runners, probably one of the most important aspect for getting through those tough workouts, long runs and on race day!

Session 4:  Sports nutrition for training and race day
What, when and how to eat during training and on race day!  Expert guest speakers will include a registered sports dietitian and sports chiropractor. 

Session 5: Pre race strategies, showing up ready and trusting your training

Tips on how to plan for race day, what to pack, pacing, mental strategies and more!  This will be a  panel style clinic with seasoned ultra runners with opportunity for Q & A.

*If you cannot make it to the live clinic, a copy of the presentation will be available on our special members page.

Your coaches:

Tonya Fuller has been running for almost 30 years. She spends a lot of the time on the road, but found a love of trail running after moving to Colorado 7 years ago.  Tonya has also been a triathlete for the past 10 years, competing in distances from sprint to Iron distance, and enjoys XC skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking as well. Recently, she became a certified UESCA run coach and loves working with people to improve form and speed in running. Tonya’s “real” job is as a Physical Therapist, a wife, and mother to her 4 legged fur baby.

Sara Spolrich has been on the move for over ten years. Starting out with short road races and triathlons she then progressed to trail ultra distances where she found her happy place. Her love of ultra-distance running spawned after hiking and running up and down the east coast by way of the Appalachian Trail.  She prefers high mountain adventures to formal racing events however she manages to pull off a handful of 12-24 hour ultra events several times a year these days.

Lauren Jones will be leading the Tuesday OR Thursday night conditioning workouts/runs and will provide a supportive role for some long runs and the special clinics.  She is a degreed exercise and sports performance specialist, Colorado native and seasoned distance trail runner!

Program Cost: 

 $99 initial package fee + $89/month 

Coached and supported training sessions 2 days a week + 20 week training plan for you to follow on your own + 5 special clinics + online group support!

*L2S members save 15% on this program!  Learn more here.

**After you sign up, you will be sent more details with info on how to setup the monthly program payments for the duration you choose to train with us.

Program fee