As a newcomer to the concept of running further than 26.2 miles for fun and/or personal achievement I'd like to ask a question .. eventually ..
My current road race pace for marathon is 8 minute miling. Altho I finished relatively strong 26.2 was enough at that pace.
My current trail marathon best is 4:05 and that was with checkpoint stops and following narrative description.
I usually long run at 9-10 min miling average, depending on terrain which is usually trail/xc, hilly and carry a pack whenever possible
I tempo anything up to 10 miles at 730-830 min miling depending if I run at club or solo (the faster pace being with others at club and mostly road)
Here it comes ..
For a race in excess of 50 miles would I train at actual race pace, incorporating walks and breaks? and would my usual long run pace be ok ? should I be training slower and racing faster?
I'm a completer rather than a competer so with regard to ultra I use the term 'race' very lightly
Sorry for the waffle