Frostbite 30 as the weekend was great, well worth a trip to for an
Bit like Marlboro - by the sound of it - a great little run that deserves mention in a topic where longer runs may dominate the contender choices of many as these 30'somethings are sort of the "build up events" for many and starter events for others.
One of the charms of this sport, is that in a 30 something event, the novices can end up running with the ultra monsters, who are using it as a training run.
That can be a wonderful experience for some ultra runners getting into the game!
When I do a longer event, I break my plan down into segments.
Lets take a 100 as an example.
You might be able to run the first 25 miles at a pace close to your marathon pace, and you will be able to constrain when you hit this point pretty accurately.
You would have to reduce your pace from miles 25-50,but you will still be able to constrain the time when you hit the 50 mile mark fairly accurately.
From miles 50-100 you try to maintain whatever pace you can, but you cannot constrain when you will hit the 70, 80, or 90 mile mark. You might have a good race and maintain a steady pace to the finish, or the wheels might come off the wagon to a greater or lesser extent. Something going wrong at mile 70, or 80 can equate to an additional four hours on your finishing time.
For the Wall I would break it down approximately into the following segments, and have a plan for each:
Miles 1-25 (obviously if there is a checkpoint at 24 miles it will be 1-24)
Miles 50-69 (might change dramatically if the wheels come off the wagon)
For the Ridgeway it would be:
Miles 50-87 (might change dramatically if the wheels come off the wagon)
I would suggest that you wait until after the May marathon and possible PB, before you draw up the plan.