It’s Different This Time – Week 2

ultramarathon training

It’s different this week is the title of the video I made for this week’s training for this year’s ultramarathon. Hence the title for this post too. And it is not SEO friendly! But let it be.

The video of this week is a musical one and you may enjoy it.

Anyways, about this week’s ultramarathon training. A low mileage week. If you see the week’s workout, the longest run is of 10 km. It is the Base 1 phase of training.

Read : I Made Myself A Training Plan for 100 km Ultra

Week 2 : 10 – 15 April 2017


A easy 5 km and and then some light core work. Right now the pace is not very important. A easy day of run means running aerobically or at a conversational pace.

However, I did some strides at the end of the run. I did 3 x 20 seconds at a pace faster than what I was running today. It was to keep the muscles firing for tomorrow’s moderately hard run.


I was fresh from last day’s run and ran a 3 km easy and a 3 km moderately fast. Thereafter, did some weight training to include bench press, deadlift, bicep curls, tricep dips, dumbell rows and skipping. This routine of weight training is quite standard right now.

Read : Upper Body Exercises For Runners

Read : 4 Lower Body Exercises You Are Not Doing

I was happy with the effort and was thinking about the next day’s easy 10 km bike ride.


It was a fantastic morning with the full moon still up in the pre-dawn sky. Check out the video for the footage of the bike ride. I rode at an easy gear without exerting myself. Aim was to recover from yesterday’s workout and prepare for the next days’ run. Also to have a mental break from running.

I have realised in past that by the time I reach 3rd or 4th month of training, I start to burn out and dread the runs. So, this time I am taking precautions at the outset itself.


A 7 km run with 3 km easy and 4 km moderately fast. Today’s run felt very warm and dehydrating. My mouth was continuously dry and felt as if I had a dry cotton ball in my mouth.

I was time crunched today so I did only one set of weights but to failure. Man, that was hard!


A easy 5 km to recover from last day’s run with 3 x 20 seconds strides and a couple of breaks to take some timelapse for the video(which unfortunately didn’t come out well).

It was a holiday today due to Baisakhi. It is the harvest celebration in our country and an occasion of dancing, singing and wearing of traditional attires. The festival marks the start of the New Year in the Nanakshahi solar calendar and recognizes the Sikh religious faith.

But for me it was a day to laze around! I slept for a while after the run, lazed around on the couch and saw a movie.


Today was long slow distance of 10 km but I ran the last 2 km moderately fast with 3 x 20 seconds strides at the end. However, 10 km is a measly distance for many but it’s a start of my program. Longer runs are there in future for me.

Read : I Made Myself A Training Plan for 100 km Ultra


I did this run at an easy pace and wanted to spend some longer time on my feet. Thereafter I did some weight training to make the day harder.

Total weekly mileage – 33 km plus 10 km cycling plus 3-4 km walking plus 3 x weight training sessions.

At the end of the week, I was happy to have stuck to the plan I made for the week. But I know that things are going to get hard in the coming months. Right now I have just started. It will be fun to experience the pain. Yeah, that’s a sadist attitude, which will get me to the finish line.

Here’s a video I made on this week’s ultramarathon training. I tried something different with this one. I hope you like it.

Till then stay fit and keep running.

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Author: Neel

I am Neel and the creator of borN. I am an ultra marathoner, scuba diver, adventurer, writer and father of an extremely active child.

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