I have a couple of trips planned to visit non running friends. Would like to do 2 hour runs as part of my trips but these are not areas I usually run in. How do people usually plan running routes when in unfamiliar areas?
Running the Riga marathon, was hotter then I would have liked. Vowing not to run again afterwards and took 4 months off running. Then back to park runs and entered the Richmond Park Marathon for 2015 ( forgot the pain in 2014 at 20 plus miles already)
I went to do a 10K run recently as part of half marathon training and wanting to push myself from a mere plodder. Was a club organised event and quite competitive. I also noticed this was not so much enjoyment of running as tend to talk to people before and afterwards but found this a lot of less friendly compared to charity events I have carried out in the past. I enjoyed it and my time and smiled around the course and said hello to marshals. Have been considering joining a running club but this put me off.
Good running my best 10K similar and I have run a half marathon in around 1.44. I would say go for longer slower runs as well as one fast run a week. I tend to use park run as a fast 5k ( about 22.30 is my current best). Sundays I will go for 10 to 16 mile runs. Maybe you also want to get a couple more half marathons in but then look for a marathon to give you extra training motivation.
I think it depends on the distance you are prepared to run. For 10Ks I look with an hour of home. For half marathons the furthest so far I have been was Swindon ( i live in London). I did go to Riga ( Latvia) in May for a marathon as wanted a weekend break. Went Friday to Monday but stayed within the old city. No much walking though probably around 10K on the Friday to get my marathon info pack and t-shirt.