Kiwi - jeez, how many marathons are you going to do next year?! Big respect!
I've taken a little break from running after my 16 miler in October. Been in Cambodia for three weeks, fantastic country but utterlY poor. Will start running again next week. Might look for a few half marathons to do early next year.
I used to hate hills - couldn't do them for toffee. But now I make sure I put hills in my long runs. And after a lot of practice - I sometimes don't even notice that I've run up the hill. I prefer flat races - find that hilly long training runs work really well then for flat races - seems so much easier!
Did my 16 miler race yesterday (in the pouring pouring rain! Took a tissue out of my 'waterproof' jacket half way through to blow my nose, and had to wring it dry!; my shoes are still drying out by the heater). Came 11th from last! Very serious race with no 'fun runners' and mostly club runners. But I was really happy with my run - did 2 hours 50 (and didn't do great training), although my official time is 2 hours 45 (can't see how I would have been 5 minutes out with my garmin!). And ran the second half 4 minutes faster than the first!
It was also the longest I've run since VLM 2012.
I think I will now train for a 20 mile race (only another 4 miles - easy!). Before I commit to another marathon.