Yep would be in in a shot!! Sure the weather would be a potential issue (esp if we got a 5-seasons in one day type day...) but it would be scenic and I also would have few excuses travel wise... I await with baited breath!!! The tattie scones sound an awesome idea
Personally I put my bar code down my bra.. lots of people stick them in the zip at the back of their shorts/capris... some pop it back in the car which often isn't far away... or a waist belt... have seen plenty people laminate them in their wallets...
I run (road, hills, trails) but I also cycle, MTB, swim, climb, do a bit of hill walking, kayaking, go to the gym - weights, HIIT... there's a myriad of things out there. You don't need to be inactive in between runs. Mix it up. It also helps stop the boredom.
You won't get a waterproof shoe... If you are running through trails which are muddy etc water will inevitably get in over the top of the shoe. Therefore if you have a waterproof shoe the water will sit in your shoe, sloshing around and it will not escape. The water needs to be able to get in so that it can also get out. Trail and more so fell shoes are generally very light, minimal but far far grippier soles. They are not designed to keep your feet dry but to be light so that when you also pick up mud etc you are not dragging a heavy shoe into the bargain. They are designed to have little support so that your feet and ankles move with the changing terrain, you build stronger ankles into the bargain.
I do also have a pair of Asics which are a kind of hybrid shoe as they are a bit more cushioned like a road shoe but with a bit more grip/tread. Maybe you need something such as this. I have never worn NB but I would almost always recommend Inov-8 (currently running hills in XT-Talons). If you are running mostly off road and are using them for off road races, I'd stick with what the main purpose for the shoe is. (i.e. you want them for an off road race). Price wise I have never seen much under about £70 but ebay/gumtree would I think likely have selections at reduced prices.
TallGirl, I was thinking of Mallorca as my 1st IM next year as it is a late season race but my issue is it is a sea swim. I am far more comfortable in a loch (lake).. but not sure what options there are? I am probably aiming for around the same timescale as you!!