I haven't the foggiest idea how to attack training for a trail marathon and/or an ultra. First and foremost, I want to train for the half marathon and to try to a PR with somewhere in the 1:30-1:35 range (doable). I am once again going to follow the Run Less Run Faster plan because (a) I have limited time with two jobs and a baby, (b) I am prone to injury, do not recover very quickly, and cannot do high mileage, and (c) it works. If, and it's still a big IF, I decide to tack on the trail marathon and/or ultra I think I will only add one more day of running onto the plan which would be a long, slow trail run. I see it working like this:
Monday - track work
Tuesday - swim
Wednesday - mid-week speed long run
Thursday - swim
Friday - tempo run
Saturday - off (I'll let Dave run with the group - he doesn't get married to training plans like I do)
Sunday - long, slow trail run
Right now with Anderson being a whopping six weeks old this seems doable and completely insane. I am having trouble getting anything done because I am always holding him. You put him down for two minutes and he cries. When he sleeps I sleep. And he doesn't sleep very long (2-3 hour segments). But Dave has also promised me that I can continue my training and of course, I'm allowing him to also. He's already signed up for a half marathon in September. This will save our marriage and our sanity.
Have you trained for an ultra? How much mileage did you do? How many days per week did you run?