I was planning a run today but my standard route is near the Reading Festival so will be clogged right now. I reckon tomorrow evening after work, when the main acts are on stage, there'll be fewer of them out foraging. A day off for me after an energetic go on the rowing machine yesterday.
Not sure why you've been warned off the Kanadias. I'm 80 kg so a bit lighter than you but I find my old Kanadias (ver 4 I believe) just fine for exactly the use you describe - a mile or so along road and pavement till I get to the towpath. Comfy as carpet slippers and well enough cushioned under the forefoot. For me at least, obviously your mileage may vary but I'd say don't write them off until you've tried them out. They're often to be found with a decent discount too but the sizing can be erratic.
AndrewD: conventional wisdom is that we should not increase mileage by very much a week, somewhere around 5-10% I think (someone can correct me). So next year's target could be either, eg, 1100 by year's end or the 1,000 a bit earlier.
I think my approach will be to have two targets: 1000 miles by year's end (earns a treat, such as a beer) and if I hit that one with time to spare then a bonus target of 1200 miles (earns another beer).
They're both good - the 1000 has some slack in it for injury, holiday, CBA, sickness etc, and the 1200 is pleasingly symmetric at 100 miles a month.
Ideally hit whichever one by the third week of December, which leaves a week off for festive indulgence and then the usual feelings of guilt to motivate us from 1 January and round we go again