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Here is our situation: we are 4 guys in our 40s (one is early 50s, actually), reasonably fit, exercising and running regularly. We have similar abilities, i.e. can run a 10k under 50 minutes without too much training, have PBs between 45 to 48 minutes, we've all done at least 1 half-marathon achieving a time between 1h44 to 1h55, one of us did a couple of marathons (the older guy).
We ran the Old Deer Park 10k in times indicated above yesterday. We all agreed that we were a bit tired with these 10k's and wanted to try something different.
I came up with the idea of entering the ultra 50 which is in 3 months time. My view was that, given an appropriate training plan, aiming at a reasonable pace, and providing the weather is not too inclement, we should be able to run it.
Is this completely unrealistic? Or do you guys think we can do it and reasonably enjoy ourselves? Or are we going to be a liability to the organisers and make idiots of ourselves? Also, how does these events work drink and foodwise? Do you have to carry your stuff with you, or can you refill at the checkpoints?
'Ultra for dummies' guide needed, please!