Since the 25th of January, I have walked, jogged and ran 68 miles. Last Thursday I completed my first run without walking -4 miles and same on Friday and with 6 miles today in just under 50 mins and it was good to be running. The knee is not 100% but it is now possible to run and not be limping about in pain afterwards.
My original plan was to run the Fling as my first ultra but at the beginning of December when things were going along okay I entered a 50 km trail run in Florida called the Crooms Trail Run. It is on the 3rd of April and I was planning to use it as my last long training run prior to the Fling when I am over there for the Easter holidays.
So at this moment I have decided to take it one day at a time with my training and I am not going to try and cram in runs and miles. I will make up my mind mid-April with regards the Fling. The run in Florida is still an option but that will also be left to the last minute and is dependent on what distance I am covering in one go prior to going over to States.
Last week I sent off an entry form for the Speyside Run in August, so if things don't work out I have got some other options later in the summer. I am also thinking about the Lairig Ghru in June. The Ayr run in September is also an option and again I will see how other things pan out leading up to that one.
One of the things that has been in the back of my mind since I decided to do the Fling has been the distance for my first ultra - 53 miles. Maybe the Lairig and Speyside at 28 miles and 35 miles are a more realistic target, especially starting from where I am now (longest run has been 16 miles way back on the 12th of December). Time will tell.
So the tentative spring/summer plan is:
Crooms Trail 3 April 50 km
Fling 24 April 53 miles ???!!!
Lairig Ghru 27th June 28 miles
Speyside 28th Aug 35 miles
Ayr 18th Sep 44 miles ???
It looks a lot but there are a few question marks and 2 out of the 5 is possibly a more realistic target.