Sam - Normally it's easy enough to get a place. They have implemented a bonkers system were the price increases with every n amount of places sold, so the quicker you register the cheaper the entry.
This also results in everyone trying to login at 8am and their entry system going into meltdown!
Make sure you go to the ASO site and create an account first. It'll save the hassle of trying to do it while the system crashes for the 152nd time on registration day! https://www.asochallenges.com/en-EN/
I've ran LSR's at target marathon pace in the past and every time I blew up horrifically in the later stages of the actual race.In contrast when running two marathon PB's this year I took my LSR easy, but I was pushing the pace as much as I could in every other run I did.
That seems to work for me. I think it's consistency of training doing that works for me. I definitely run better with lot's of long runs and having taken them easy, than fewer but at harder paces. Pushing the pace over mid-length or shorter runs for me does translate into better pace come race day.
Although I openly admit to being a freak that finds an extra gear on race day that isn't there in training sessions, no matter the distance!
I was told to wear the boot for five to six weeks, or until I can walk pain free. Once the boot comes off I was told to do strengthening exercises on my ankle as the muscles for that would be weak after having worn the boot.
I've had the boot on for three weeks now. The foot is much better than it was, but still not 100%. I'm hopeful I'll be able to get the boot off in a couple of weeks and that at least would allow me to drive again and get to the pool to do some swimming, I was told to be very careful with getting back to running, so I'm not rushing things. I know all my autumn running plans are out, so I'm willing to let time do its thing and get back out running once I feel the foot is 100% again. I'm not putting myself under any pressure to return to running by a specific date.
I know I'll have lost a huge amount of fitness, which is very annoying as I was in the form of my life. I'm just trying to tell myself if I could get there once I can do it again.