A group of friends are looking for an interesting european marathon in the Spring as a good excuse to get away. So far, Madrid and Rome are looking popular, although I'd probably prefer something a little flatter - Any recommendations?
If you're used to skiing, I'd definitely go for it. Just don't do like I did and decide to give snowboarding a go, when you haven't done it for 12 years - massive bruising to my glutes put pay to my Reading Half Marathon 10 days later - Oops!
I work 121/2 hr shifts for the NHS, so a mixture of nights & days which are unfortunately very irregular too, so I'm all over the place. One of the most important things I think is to get the proper sleep, particularly after the nights. If I've slept well then I don't find the shorter runs too much trouble before or after a shift, but I try and save the longer runs for the completely free days. I think it makes sense to try and plan your runs ahead so you're fully prepared and rested as much as possible.