>General Running>How long do you basebuild?
Do you have a maximum amount of time you spend in basebuilding, or a maximum miles per week, or is it solely determined by goal races?
ETA - I didn't mean to post this but to send it in a message to an individual person but apparently I did. So feel free to answer if you want or not if you don't. Oops!
so...I'm going to be the first person to ask. For what?
Are you talking about a marathon....or an ultra?
I think people will say base mileage of 50-70 for a decent marathon, 100+ miles for a ridiculous time (that's directed at you Perry), and 80+ for an ultra. I read the ultra info yesterday on an ultra website, so that was just one person's opinion.
I was mid 50's for my 3:39 marathon.
And then there's genes, age, and all that fun stuff.
I have been running about 4 -5 years now, and have no idea what base building means. My take on this is to run for a while and pick races appropriate to your mileage and temperament (some like to run fast, short races, some like marathons and Ultras) and pick a training plan that gets you to your race from your current mileage level and follow it.
"Run lots, mostly easy, sometimes fast" seems to work for a lot of folks on this board. What lots, easy and fast is up to you to decide, the fast for me is occasional races.
When I started running I figured a good 10 year base building period was the best - I am almost to year 8 ...
To answer your question it is dependent on so many things
1) What is my current fitness level - The worse shape I am in, the longer I base build, sometimes I cut out speed training to lengthen my base building
2) The length of time to goal race certainly will play into my base building strategy
3) Ideally I like 2 cycles a year - About 20 weeks each. With 4-8 weeks of base building depending on starting fitness level
4) The type of race can determine base building period - For 24 hour racing, it is mainly all base building and not nearly as dependant on speed work
** Reality is that I usually get fat between cycles and I am forced into base building until I lean down a bit. Its hard to run anything but slow at 235-240 pounds. 2-3 months I get back downt to racing weight = 200#
Retired 1/1/13 ... Tired of being broken and fat ... Hit 296# Memorial Day 2016 - New goal = To be able to enjoy running 4-5 hours through the woods again by Fall 2016. April 2017
At this point, I tend to build base for whatever I have time for - race distance doesn't matter. Actually, I'm base building most of the time, but I do usually increase proportion of higher efforts, speed work, or hills by certain dates or when the snow melts - and that's when the races start.
It was approximately one week ago when I had my first snow-free, mud-free (as in post breakup) run this year. My first non-snow race is tomorrow, and it's my most technical race. When I tried to do some agility work (so as not to trip on rocks) a few weeks ago, the steps I had planned to use still had snow on them and were getting snowed on at the time. I did more hill work, but that's base.
When I first started, I was able to increase base over the years by running longer each day and then more frequent runs, but the last few years I don't seem to get above 30mpw in winter, 40-50 in summer, which is about 9hr/wk (varies around 8-12hr/wk in summer, 6-9hr/wk in winter). (all my runs are outside, most on trails)
Beginner all over again
One Year Base Building before my First HM,
But I was sedentary for a decade prior.
My weak performance in my first HM was actually a huge leap in fitness for me.
My 2nd HM will be Base Building 28 weeks and then Race Day.
I'm a non-competitive back-of-the-pack'er
as long as possible
CyclingAHEAD until 2012
registered for 1st full in 30 yrs in Nov. so in essence have been "basebuilding" for approx 3 yrs (+ or -), although was not even thinking about running a marathon when started back up consistently back in 08. I realize that you are looking for something more specific, but just added this to compliment what big boy stated- "as long as possible"
> How long do you basebuild?
For the rest of my (running) life.
Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.
As long as it is necessary
Hey Aussie Girl,
If you decide to go for an ultra marathon here is a great program for a 50 mile training program