Week 2 of Silver Rush is upon me and I’m feeling more and more confident in my plan every day. For those of you that know me, I use a couple fairly simple concepts to accomplish my personal, fitness and family goals. My running goals are no different. I find out what I want, write it down, focus on it and take massive action consistently over time to accomplish it. As with everything over the past couple years, this will not be easy. I have spent a lot of time planning and reviewing to be sure I am planning enough action to not only finish Silver Rush, but beat my time goal. Here is an overview of my thought process and training schedule (and how I came up with it).

My action plan for success:

1.      Eat like a champion

2.      Train like a professional athlete

3.      Never, Ever Give Up

“When you can’t find your ‘A’ Game- keep taking action, it’ll find you!” Grant Cardone

What is one thing every successful professional athlete has in common? They have a constant and relentless pursuit of greatness. The best don’t even focus on the competition, they are focused only on how they can reach their full potential. How do they do this? Hard work day in and day out. They take massive action on their best days and take even more action on their bad days.

I know I’m not even close to a professional athlete. In fact, I’m in the bottom 5% of ultra-runners. My longest distance up to this point is 31 miles (50k). The best part, being in the bottom 5% of this group, still puts me in the top 1% of runners! Remember a 20 minute mile is just as far as a 5 minute mile!!!

Action is the key to all success. Keep taking massive action toward your goals. It may take longer than you expected (or wanted) and you still may come up short. But at the end of the day, if you can look yourself in the mirror and say you gave it everything you have, you will be successful. Right now my biggest fear is a DNF (Did Not Finish)… When I was training for my first marathon, I had this same fear… It got me up in the morning. It pushed me through training sessions I didn’t want to do. To me, the fear of failure is one of my biggest motivators to keep going. I also know, if I fail this time, I will continue to work on my goals until I complete it. It may take me a day, a week, a month, a year or even several years, but I will put in so much action that I will not let failure overtake me.

The only reason I’m telling you this is because giving up or quitting is the ONLY way you fail at something. I also think I need to define “success” because I use this term a lot and I’m not sure if everyone understands what this means to me. Jim Rohn states “success is the constant improvement toward one’s goals.” This doesn’t mean one person is better than another- it simply means we are making reasonable progress in a reasonable amount of time working toward the goal we have set in our own mind! By definition, everyone can be successful and our success should never be compared to another persons’ success.

Without boring you with too many details, here are the basics of my training. From what I have read, back to back long runs and being “on your feet” for hours and hours are the 2 main keys to training for an ultra. So I have taken these 2 ideas into consideration adding a high volume mileage routine with my new standard crossfit, swimming, rowing and recovery routine. 

Saturday- Crossfit and 6 miles+ (increasing distance weekly)

Sunday- Trail Run- Long Run Started with 10 and will move up 1 mile a week

Monday- Rest/Recovery/stretching/Hot Tub

Tuesday- Crossfit and 5k (for speed)

Wednesday- Crossfit and swimming

Thursday- Varied running distances starting at 10 miles+

Friday- Crossfit,swimming and 15 minutes of “running” in the pool

My weekly mileage will start at about 30 miles and I will peak between 60 and 70 miles per week in late June. There is one big difference I learned from 2015. I have scheduled my rest/recovery and every 3rd week, I will lower my miles to a predetermined number. I will have almost 48 hours off from Sunday morning when I’m done running to Tuesday at 5 am. This should allow my body time to recover properly and should keep my on schedule for the next 20+ weeks!

I’m looking forward to the hard work and discipline needed to crush Silver Rush and I’ll be updating you along the way! I think I have expressed my “don’t ever give up” plan so I’ll see you next week with all new content! 

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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  1. Your training program is great! Your periodization approach to training is so helpful. It’s smart to have build up weeks and then a drop back week to allow your body to refresh a bit. That, and your variety cross training will do your body good. I wish I had done that more when I first started going longer. When I trained for my first marathon I had novice brain and was all about “running specificity” and without cross training really hurt myself. Will no longer do that to myself… I hope you are also stretching on other days and not just Mondays? Keep up the great work, Gary!


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