Free Ultramarathon Training Plans

Are you ready to run farther than the 26.2-mile marathon? Want to experience a different kind of running challenge? Here is our collection of free ultramarathon training plans to help get you ready to race 50k (31.1 miles), 50-miles, 100k (62.2 miles), or 100-miles.

Training for an ultramarathon takes a different kind of focus than any other racing distance. In each of our ultramarathon running plans, we’ll give you all the details you need to train for your first ultra.

Are you experienced with ultrarunning?

You can still benefit from these training guides. All of our ultramarathon training plans outline how best to incorporate the following aspects into your running routine.

  • Increasing Your Long Run
  • Using Training Cycles
  • Including Speedwork or Tempo Training
  • Walking and Hiking Strategies
  • Importance of Rest Days
  • Modifying the Running Plan
  • Hill Training Workouts
  • Back-to-Back Long Runs
  • Appropriate Cross-Training and Strength Training

The ultramarathon training plans work off training in cycles of three weeks hard, one week easy to allow for recovery and help prevent overuse injuries or burnout. Three weeks hard followed by a recovery week provides for both physical and mental adaptation to the stresses of training for an ultra. You may find that you need to work in shorter or longer training cycles, and we address that in our “Modifying Your Training Plan” section in all ultrarunning training plans.

What You Need To Know About Our Ultramarathon Running Plans:

Each ultramarathon training plan is built for the beginner looking “just to finish” their first ultra. We layout the distances you should be running and give you a general outline of what you should be doing. Precisely what you do will depend largely on your level of running experience and running goals. We do not directly address course profiles in our ultramarathon running plans. For example, is your race flat or hilly? Technical? Hot or cold? These are critical aspects of ultrarunning that you need to consider throughout your training to be ready for race day. In general, most of your training should be on terrain and in conditions similar to what you will face on race day.

Need additional help training?

If you need or want more specific help with your ultramarathon training plans, we are here to help! Coach Andrew Taylor offers monthly online run coaching. Also, Andrew has accompanied runners during long runs and pacing during their actual ultramarathon races to help them learn the ropes and accomplish their goals.