Cara, sorry to hear you had a rough one, but on the positives, 1) you didn't quit, you toughed it out. 2) you got the bling . 3) 4 mins short of PB over a half marathon is not far away, despite a tough year with training and intermittent injury niggles you've managed to hold on to some form. There's no better way to get the confidence back than get ready for Boston. You are there because you worked hard to get the BQ. You don't need to flog yourself over the next 6 months. Build it up gradually, formulate a good plan. Overseas marathons are exciting and we're going for the holy grail.
TSM: sounds like a sensible plan after Munich. also sensible to adjust your target/expectation. don't pressure yourself too much with the watch. You have the luxury of a place in Boston next year so you don't have to be too concerned with the time goal. On the day you might feel great and run a stormer. I'm not worrying too much about a pb in Abingdon. Will go off easy and if it feels good will try to crank it for a while, see what happens, main thing is finish! then a couple of weeks off after as well!
Bedders, nice one! that's a hell of a run you put in in Milan. Only scraping in by a few seconds, I think it's tough on the under40s Men. a 3:04 should get you in no sweat, but this year it wouldn't.Make sure we have a meet up over there. We'll organise a pasta type meetup for this thread nearer the time. Keep us updated on your progress, I know you made some thumping improvements in the last year. My 2014 has been good, but with lots of little injuries and having to scratch out little 20-30 second PBs here and there. Compared to my 2013 its been tougher but I cant really complain.
Managed a decent 20.5 mile run today and the aches n pains abated, so my 3 days rest seemed to help.