Not so fond, tricialitt! I need to find strategies to prevent rhabdomyolysis so that I can get going over 70-mile mark and hopefully make sure it is a thing of the past. A higher and more regular training mileage will be a key factor.
No more ultras for me until April. When I've finalised my (short) list for 2016 I'll post the details on here and perhaps see some of you at them?
One I'm keen to make happen is the Round the Rock Ultra, Jersey (48 miles). Friends of ours are moving there this Thursday but I don't think I can quite invite ourselves to stay just yet. Let them settle in for a day or two first!!
I'll also be recceing sections of a route for a major solo own challenge in 2017. Details top secret.
FR - I take it you've given in your list of marathons? Don't be like me and leave it too late ...
CaeRas - it sounds like you have prepared really well, including being able to hang on for the last six miles of that long run. I would say sub-4:00 would be a very realistic target (which would equate to 3:45-3:50 in a flat marathon).
I'm trying to build up the mileage and not very prepared at all. (Not quite as ill-prepared as UDS though!!)
It's not too late for advice at all. This is what the forum is for. People should be able to post on here without getting attacked.
Tess34 - you have been very unfortunate with injuries, and been trying to play catch up ever since. You really need to have had at least one 20+ miler in the bag.
If you have had a correct diagnosis of an actual muscle tear I would advise not to run on it at all. You could compound the damage quite drastically. And I don't think you will enjoy the race. You will be on the start line with all sorts of doubts and later on probably go through a whole world of pain.
You should only enter I feel if a lot hinges on it, such as charity sponsorship. Even then you should walk the vast bulk of it.
Aim for another marathon for your first, and do it justice! There are plenty in the calendar.