It is truly an amazing event (12,000 people running 56 miles?!) and I think the feeling of elation at the end of any run is proportional to the amount of training needed and the length of the run - so in this case a great feeling!
Ooh...I've tried on things there and then bought on the net. But that's because they're so damned expensive!! Surprised there have been bad experiences at Easy Runner though, I always assumed they were good. In their defence they can't sell on a pair of shoes you've worn outside and got dirty so they don't need to give a refund - you've paid your money and made your choice.
Vote of confidence in Sweatshop - they've got an excellent young fella who knows his stuff there. Mind you, still wouldn't dream of paying store prices there either!
6 minute miling for 9 minutes? Quite achievable,although it may take a while.
I'm 35 and of the view that I am still approaching my peak!!
Don't forget that there are definite psychological advantages that come with being older, and you could still become a better physical specimen at 30 than you were at 20 (although possibly you may have been even better than both at 25 if you'd carried on running!)
I believe that one marathon world record was set by someone 38 years old.