My favourite shoes are Brook Adrenaline GTS and I've used these for all of my marathons and ultras for the last 15 years. I also have a pair of Ravenna's which I use for training and I like those a lot too. I think Brooks suit me as the last is the right shape for my foot. I've also had a pair of Ghost before and liked those too, they are a neutral shoe.
Big G - I don't know how much betting goes on in marathon running, maybe it's a bit early in the year? I would think as marathon runners we're less predictable than a racehorse
Hope the parkrun went well, weather is slightly less cold today.
My lake run this morning, I like doing this route on a Saturday as there's so little traffic and just the odd dog walker and a lot of ducks at the lake. On the way to the lake I run through a sleepy Devon village and sitting on a wall were 2 Goths looking so out of place. Not sure if they'd been partying or what, but we exchanged pleasantries and they were gone by the time I was on my way home.
Martyn - no, I don't really have a schedule to when I'm ready for the next stage/phase. I find with Hadd you just have to plod on and the results will come but there's no timetable. I had a great start when I started Hadd at the beginning of November but I'm sort of treading water now and seem to have stalled a bit. My training has been curtailed a bit by icy conditions so I'm below my desired mileage for 2 or 3 weeks. Was planning my next Hadd test this weekend but I think I will postpone it for a couple of weeks and do a long run instead.