Hello...am hitting the big 50 next year so want to mark it by doing an ultra. Any suggestions? I'm a back of the field marathon plodder (e.g. 4.57 for Portsmouth Marathon), getting back to running after injury and got a couple planned this year (Pompey again and probably Jurassic Coast if I can get the mileage up to the right level). The other thing is I'd like to do it for charity (Cancer Research or Macmillans), so whilst maybe doing a 50k would be sensible, I'd also like to do something that would potentially get the sponsorship money in. Looking at Race to the Stones (on today I see!) or possibly Hadrian's Wall. Oh another thing - I live on the south coast and a 17 mile training can have a total elevation of around 30 feet!
Any recommendations appreciated (even if it's don't do it until you can do a quicker marathon!)
Thanks Debra, I will. 18 miles on Sunday, and a 3 mile recovery / tempo run last night, everything seems to be working ok so moving on to 20+ miles for the next three long runs before tapering ... we'll see...when I did the Pompey marathon last year the markers were slightly out so I did an extra few hundred yards anyway - does that make me an ultra runner already?
I'm doing my third marathon in December - I'm a back of the field 5hr plodder. I'd like to do an ultra in, or before, my 5oth birthday in a couple of years time. Any recommendations? And any comments on what marathon time I need to be running at in order to actually contemplate an ultra? thanks in advance!