Interestingly, looking at the Coach Parry Bronze and Bill Rowan training programmes, my planned ultra (CTS Sussex) and marathon (London) are close in time (one week early, and same weekend) to the suggested races to be run as training runs - but the other way around.
I've not been doing any strength training. Any suggestions what I ought to do (within the limits of what's possible to do with home weights - I'm not about to join a gym)?
Mr K: I would have liked to do that one but didn't feel I'm ready yet. I did run into work and back yesterday after 26 miles the day before (and I did the same the day after Dymchurch marathon) and that involves uphill then downhill, in both directions, but 11 miles for morning and evening together, not 33!
PG3: Not quite so pleasant: the test subjects didn't always make it through the allotted time in the hot bath, because they got too uncomfortably hot, but it still seems cheaper and more practical than paying out to go to a sauna (if you're not already a member of somewhere that has one) or running around in hot (for the UK) weather in a plastic suit or whatever.
Interesting recent research suggesting that it may be possible to get heat acclimated by sitting in a hot bath for an hour after a run: Zurawlew et al 2015, Post-exercise hot water immersion induces heat acclimation and improves endurance exercise performance in the heat. Scand J Med Sci Sports doi: 10.1111/sms.12638 (ahead of print).
The researchers were looking for something practical that might help. They got positive results from six days of a 40-minute run followed by hot water (40C) immersion for 40 minutes.