My first proper foray into this section of the forum... I have finally been brave enough to enter the ultra I've been nattering about doing for years - and rather scarily I am now in the Lakeland 50, and am panicking a little! I know there's plenty of time, I'm just not sure how to approach the training. I'm a fairly ok marathon runner, and happy running 60 odd miles a week in training (much more than that will be difficult with time constraints). I think what I'm intending to do is a P&D marathon training plan for London which is about 3 months before LL50, then add in a few 30+ runs and back to back longer ones afterwards - does that sound reasonable, or should I be running back to backs earlier? What do I do the rest of the week, is there any value in shorter ones or should I just aim to do as many long slow miles as possible?
I keep being told by people I know that you don't need to do any more than marathon training to do ultras... but the people in question have rarely finished the ultras they have done so I'm a little reluctant to take their advice