I was trying to use this thread to see what changes I would need to make to my training and what lead time I would need to build up to an Ultra. I don’t have an Ultra booked in as of yet but was hoping to do one before the end of the year. I am just really fascinated about Ultras and the more I read up on them the more interested I have become. Your advice about back to back training, more hill work and maybe starting at 35/40 mile races has been very helpful.
I am looking to run my first ultra (100k) and really keen to find out from the running community what changes I need to make to my training to aid the progression from marathon to ultra. I am a 4hr marathon runner with three Marathons under my belt and run about 40/45 miles a week in the lead up to a marathon include one hill session, one temp run, one long run and 3 recovery runs. Is there any specific changes I will need to make in the build-up to an ultra? Also for a newbie to ultra's is it realistic to run one ultra in the spring and a second in the autumn?
I am due to run a marathon next weekend, but have been struggling with the Flu for the past week and have missed a number of runs. Before the illness I have had a solid 12 week build up to the marathon peaking at 50+ miles and just wanted to see what impact having a week and half off in the taper period will have on my marathon.