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So I signed up for an ultra trail run. Currently into it for the 47k
I had no intention of ever doing that, but it uses the trails that I grew up in (cape mabou trails and the capes 100 for those interested https://www.capes100.com/
My issue: The 47k is basically 100% single track in the highlands. My conundrum is that the 88k/162k versions descend into Inverness (where I grew up) and then back up. I'd love to do the 88k, but I don't know if my fitness is ready.
Since breaking my foot in 2017 I went from a 5:50 Half-ironman, 1:48 half marathon, 21:00 5k but haven't broken 25:00 5k since. Have never done a marathon or anything longer than 25km. I kind of had an identity crisis thinking I should be faster, but always get discouraged. Lately I've just been running, no set time/distance, just going, and I'm starting to fall back in love with it. My times right now are slow, around 6:10-6:20/km, but I'm not pushing myself at all. There's a local 5k coming up in 3 weeks and I'm hoping to break 25:00 there.
My current plan is this: Currently I'm 37 weeks out. My goal is to just enjoy running for the next month, even over the holidays. 4-5 runs/week, around 30-35km. After that, with 32 weeks out, I'd like to start a 16 week marathon plan and run it as if I'm running a marathon. Along with that, I'd also like to incorporate a strength plan. At the end of those 16 weeks I'd like to make a decision on either 47k or 88k so I can better prepare. I just ripped up two training plans but will look at a lot more (thinking of pulling the 16 week 80/20 plan from 80/20 running to start). https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/training/ultra/a774983/16-week-50-mile-ultra-marathon-training-schedule/
My logic is to go hard until mid-May and if everything is clicking, prepare as if I'm running the 88k. If I push to hard and get injured then I'll still be way ahead of where I was and still have lots of time to train for the 47k.
So, someone talk me into, or out of, thinking this is a good idea.