Well, in preparation for the TRT 50k, I would really like to do marathon distance on trails to get a feel for what it feels like to be on a trail for a serious amount of time. As I'm doing a road marathon on June 3rd, timing works best to possibly fit a marathon in sometime this month. The 30k that I did last weekend went very well despite some stomach issued resulting from poor eating the prior week, and I felt like, at that pace (lots of walking!) I could have kept going for a while longer. Even after that race and a good 6.2 run sunday, I was still able to get my highest mileage week ever with:
tuesday- 6.25 miles
wednesday- 8.5 miles
thursday- 6 miles
saturday- 11 miles w/ dad, 5 miles solo (total: 16)
sunday- 6.25 miles
For 43 miles this week!
I'm feeling great at this mileage and would like to do a 20ish mile run this weekend, time permitting.
With this in mind then, I've been eyeing the Diablo Trail Marathon on April 29th, put on by PCTR.
Now, the marathon is incredibly challenging with a wopping 7, 950 ft of elevation gain during the race. However, on the plus side, there's a 50 mile race being run concurrently, meaning that I would have 16 hours to complete the race! That's a 36 min/mile pace. I feel like I could hold that kind of pace for 26 miles :)
So my question is, is this sensible to attempt, or too much? I'm not planning to 'race' the June marathon and am fine being 'slow' at it, as the 50k is much more important. Also, since I'd have such a generous amount of time to be out there, I'd plan on doing lots of walking at Diablo (much like I'm guessing I'll have to do at Tahoe?)
I just feel like this might give me an idea of how I'd handle being out on a trail for that long and on a tough course.
So, opinions please!!!! I don't want to bite off more than I can chew and become injured, but I'd love to attempt this if it sounds like it'd be helpful for my training :)