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My entire life is cross-training, and most people don’t have advice for that. Cross training is always a sidebar, like “If you do all I say and want to do something on the off days, switch up your activity”. Or, “If you are injured to a minor extent, cross training will help you maintain fitness without aggravating the injury”.

I was looking over some books at the book store today, and while they were lacking in the ultra-running section, I feel like all the running books come from one of two basic principles: they are giving advice to a novice, or they are giving advice to crazy hard-core runners. I don’t fall into either category. The information I am looking for is how to manage to train for marathons (or longer) while maintaining a loving relationship with the sport of Ultimate. I just ordered the Ultrarunner magazine, and I feel like that might have some good advice. Meanwhile, I am existing as a person who doesn’t quite fit into the targeted group for typical running information dissemination.

My current question: I spent most of the day outside (5 hours) working with little kids catching pond bugs and frogs. Then I walked a little less than 3 miles from the train station to my house. I was intending to run 18 miles today. I didn’t because I was overwhelmed by my laundry pile, but had I had the talent to fit in a long run, could I or should I have modified it based on the level of exertion I had earlier in the day? If I bike to work, does that mean I can run less far for the same benefit as someone who didn’t bike to work? I haven’t yet found satisfactory answers.

I do have hope for the Ultrarunner magazine. I was looking over their website, and found a dude in the forums who wrote in about fitting in Ultra-training into his family life. His solution was to only do runs that were 10 miles or more (so running on fewer days) and fitting in 25 mile runs on the weekends every other week, and doing longer runs than that once a month.

To end on a positive note, I read over some comments on the Runner’s World website about people’s biggest mistakes on race day. It reminded me that even though I want more information than what I have, I know a lot more than most people (though maybe I should be a bit more careful about my pre-race-day diet!). Running in High School trained me well, and I got a good amount of experience in the bank. Hopefully I have most of my mistakes behind me. My favorite story was a guy who showed up at a race with two left shoes (and lived about two or three hours away). He ran the race barefoot! The mistakes I think I have enough experience to avoid include starting off way too fast and under-hydrating.

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