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!!
Runners will tend to just buy what they need as and when (as do most sports people). Having random stuff every month or even less is either going to result in you having a load of stuff you don't use or too much stuff of the stuff you do use... therefore loads of stuff not getting used. What kind of things were you thinking of? How were the pricing categories of these boxes going to work and the frequencies of them? A new pair of runners every 6 months might work but then..... I'd probably just buy a pair I can try on and buy myself. Anything smaller.. yeah I'd still just buy it myself and if it's an edible product, trying out things for yourself is the best strategy. If it's not a random selection of gifts and you pick the combinations then wouldn't you be better just buying the individual gifts? I don't know how this would work???? If it's regular purchases of things you need, there are plenty of in store and online retailers already catering for these sorts of things and I would say it's unlikely you'd be able to make any money on this. If it is race specific gifts i.e. marathon gift box for example as asitis said, it is a before and after the event thing rather than every week/month. The plan is managed as you go through it and deal with all your problems/issues in training and what you need at the time. Sorry, I don't think this will work as a business.
Also find Camelbaks more comfortable than a belt which I just find bounce around too much with all the weight around one area. That said I don't take anything for anything up to Half distance... although if it was a hill/mountain run I'd probably take something for over 10 miles... Also only take water in bladder pack. If I felt I needed it, would throw some jelly babies in the front pouch.
You don't need anything extra other than normal diet to fuel a 10k. It's just a case of eating right, and whatever works for you. Cut out the alcohol and have a reasonable breakfast at least a couple of hours before. I don't like energy drinks and wouldn't think you'd need that for a 10k but it's personal choice.
Hi, I am a nurse and work 12-13 hour shifts on my feet... Sometimes I do manage a short run or gym session before or after work but certainly not all the time. I then use my days off to do multiple or longer sessions. It is hard and I would say I struggle more than I did when I worked 9-5... I still want to go back to it to be honest, despite the days off. I much prefer structure. However it is possible, it just takes more planning and organizing.