I’m 41 years old and have been running on and off for the last 2 years. I can run 25k in 2 hours in a hilly environment in the Auvergne in France. I’m not very strong at the moment (able to just do 3x 10 good pull-ups, not sure if that says anything). I’m usually running about 30k a week, but can put in more of course. It’s just a little hard to prioritise running without having a clear goal.
I also enjoy climbing since 6 months ago and go to a boulder/climbing gym about 2 times a week (bouldering grade 5.10 now).
I live in The Netherlands, so not too many hills here, but I can do box steps and find some small hills in the dunes (or if I have no other option I can go to a gym for incline indoor running, but rather not).
I’m thinking of joining the following tour at the end of June next year (it’s in Dutch, event details below):
These are the running details:
Day 1: 26km, 1580m ascent / 1420m descent
Day 2: 20km, 1580m ascent / 880m descent
Day 3: 27km, 1240m ascent en 1820m descent
Day 4: 20km, 1198m ascent / 401m descent
Day 5: 28km, 895m ascent / 1492m descent
Day 6: 29km, 1810m ascent / 1860m descent
Day 7: 20km, 1300m ascent / 1700m descent
I’ve been to a meetup of the organizers and past participants. They are all pretty fit, but the “experience” is not really a race, it’s more about a positive experience of enjoying nature, but they do like to push each other a little bit of course. I think it might be a nice way to ease into doing races the year after. Eventually I would like to move into doing ultra trail runs and a few climbing trips a year.
It is realistic to say I can join a trip like this next year?
And if yes, would you recommend one or more of your training plans or would I be too much of a beginner for your plans?
I was thinking of starting with your marathon plan for basic running fitness and then follow up with one of the mountain training plans. Would that make sense? Or could I start with one of the mountain running plans?
Thanks in advance for your advice!