Cakesy - when people ask why I run the answer is usually 'for cake and my sanity' so I get where you are coming from though I must be more in need hence the greater mileage Next is a 35 mile ultra in Denmark in about six weeks.
Wardi - which half in September? I'm Derby based and have often made the journey for Brass when I could get a place. Generally I prefer running to racing and with my just running easy it's no stress, no targets, maximum bang for my buck time wise as I'm not travelling, waiting around before the start etc.
louisev - I have no children but work around a husband, dog and two part time jobs. I think that consistency and maximising your opportunities to run, if all you have is thirty minutes - take it. As for whether you can do sub 3 post children - the research seems to say that having a baby can help endurance athletes and Paula and Jo did ok!
So there's the chance that VLM may fund a new pair of trainers then? That would be a nice bonus - this higher mileage is costing me a fortune in shoes and I get a fair few miles out of each pair.
CD - when I was tri training my running times improved year on year but it's only since my accident (which left me unable to swim properly and still unable to ride a bike) and being purely run focussed that my times have fallen dramatically. London 2014 was 3.18.19; last year was 3.13.41 which was after being unable to do anything for three months post accident but purely on run training and this year was unbelievable