cupcake I know couldn't believe it when despite showing as being out of stock, the company were still able to order one for me. Here's hoping that it will help me on my 20 milers during the summer months
Esme if you are not sure what your race pace is go by exertion efforts eg; on your LSR and easy runs you should be able to hold a full conversation and be breathing easily not gulping for breath etc. On your tempo run you should be able to say short sentences but be a bit breathless exertion level 7- 8 out of 10, interval training one word answers only, full on hard work (something I avoid still, but HM4 enjoys!) . Hope that helps a little.
HM4 I have been 1st in age category a few times and 4th woman overall a few times as well, am still pretty chuffed to be honest. Have offered to marshall next week as don't think I can better my results for a while!
Esme, I would suggest that you need to learn to run at different paces. For example my LSR today of 12 miles was run at 10.10 minute miles so way slower then what you ran your LSR at today. In comparison yesterday at Parkrun I ran 7.20, 8.04 (including 2 x hills) and 7.32 min miles for my 5k PB. Next week at the Bupa 10k race I am aiming to run 7.40 min miles, as I am hoping to finish sub 48 mins. So what I am trying to say in a long winded way, in order to get faster you must have a good endurance base. If you race every run (ie, run as fast as you can for whatever distance) you may get a few niggles and pick up injuries along the way. My current training plan incorporates a LSR, a couple of easy paced runs of 3-4 miles, 1 Medium LR (7ish miles) and also a tempo run of about 40-45 mins. Hope that this is helpful and good luck with your goal
Despite showing up as out of stock I emailed the company to ask if they had anymore in stock, within 2 days I got it delivered at the bargain price. Lots of straps to adjust under the boobs etc (I have the same issues as you) and it seens to fit ok. It's early days as I only got it this week, but maybe something for you to consider?