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I'm booked in for my second marathon at the start of May. My first being Milton Keynes last year which I completed in 5hours. I would like to aim for 4hr 30 for this Spring marathon but am also hoping to enter my first ultra (35 miles) just four weeks later. I recently raced 10 miles in 1h 34m and am training five days a week.
1) Would 4h30 be too optimistic when intending to race an ultra a month later? Should I aim for something more at training pace? (10:30-10:40mm)
2) I am assuming that I do not 'taper' as such for the marathon but use the marathon as a training run and begin to taper for the ultra 10-14 days later?
Any advice to make my first ultra experience the best it can be is very much welcomed!