Hi everyone, appreciate this is more running than triathlon but there’s such a wealth of experience on here that I’ll get better advise than asking on ST or IMJ at least haha
For the past couple of years I’ve been running marathons and focusing training around that. Training would typically follow two cycles of winter would be one training plan of alternating easy runs with days of lots of MP work (4-6x 10:00 or 2-3x 20:00 sort of WOs) with a smattering of XC racing to get ready for April marathon. Autumn marathons came of Jack Daniels two long quality workouts a week with lots of easy running. I find both these training plan similarly effective but find the change works well to match the seasons when it can be harder to follow a JD plan in winter.
These have seen me achieve 2:37 marathon, 1:12:40 half and a solo 16:16 5k time trial. I didn’t quite get the marathon time I should have in 2020 but think I’d have been around 2:32
Next may I’m going to having a slight step up to ultras with a 40 miler flattish trail race that is local are fairly small at around 200 people. Winning time usually hovers around 4:50-5:00. I’m going to make no bones about it I want to win next year and win well. I want to go out at a pace where people’s initial reaction will be ‘that guys an idiot and doesn’t know what he’s doing’. I’m thinking around the 4:30-4:35 mark to achieve a strong course record. I’m currently running my steady aerobic runs at a sub-4 km pace so the main training aim is about pushing this easy pace out longer and longer.
I’ve run quite a few marathons now and have also run a couple 5 hour events (snowdonia trail marathon) so I feel I’ve got a good starting point but does anyone have good resources for training for ultras. I like a good training book but I’m very much more towards the structured training such as Jack Daniels rather than more wushu-washy training guides that talk about going for a run in your sandals and loving the mountains to become one with them. Ultra training books seem even more susceptible to this type of book than regular running manuals:)