So I am in my 14th week of the 24-week Mountaineering program, I had an intention of prepping for Bugaboos and North Cascades and other big areas I have been spanked in. The surprise result of this program is that I love trail running! My goals have changed a little. I will climb Orizaba (18k) in March, and Hood and Rainier in May. I don’t think any of those will be difficult, espec after some of the ME workouts.
The big change is, I accidentally signed up for the Smith Rock 50k in five months on May 15, and I also want to run around St Helens (50k) in August. My question is, do I even need an Ultra plan? Seems like my Mountaineering plan is good except that it seems to slow down towards the end and does slower hikes w heavier packs (and perhaps I don’t need to be ready for Everest). I like having the long Mountaineering plan to cut apart and play with in the future. Wondering which Ultra running plan would be better to use for goals like I have? I am intrigued by the magic gym workout in Mike Foote’s plan, and the way it is adjustable, but I likely will never do more than 50k so that’s not crucial. I’ve been averaging 25 miles a week for >6 weeks, with >4k vert per week.