Congratulations Shades, that's great news!! (I had a sneaky suspicion that you were going to leave your job, don't ask me how I guessed). Saw Ed Milliband on tube platform earlier but was too shy to ask for a selfie
I agree re not doing a race T Shirt unless it's a good one. Some of the technical ones I've got from races are either too big or a really rough, cheap fabric. I think a buff or a beanie hat would be good or a nice mug. Or those plastic balls you put in trainers to stop them ponging! Or a plastic rain poncho? Or spikey massage ball? This year I've had a canvas bag with the race logo and details on plus a water bottle from another race which was nice (plus was used to give out the water at the end).
Ian - I'm sure Shades will be on here tomorrow morning to advise but she usually recommends that you do a race once a month for this very reason, i.e so you can readjust your training paces as you get speedier.
Lovely 16 miles first thing in the cold and frost. Buff and glove weather. Did the last 2 miles faster than marathon pace as wanted to get back for my son's football match. But it had been cancelled. I've run almost 1700 miles this year and have mostly worn the same two pairs of shoes. I wear different shoes for races, parkruns and track but these probably total less than 200 miles. So that's 1500 miles for 2 pairs of shoes (and one pair was actually bought in 2014. These calculations have prompted me to order another pair of Saucony Guides as Sweatshop have 20% off everything today!
Tom - don't forget to have the odd cut back week to give your body a chance to get used to the higher millage.
15West - I think a morning Christmas shopping must equate to at least 18 miles!
16 miles for me this morning with the last 2 miles a bit faster than marathon pace as wanted to see my son's football match. Got home and it had been cancelled! But nice to have the run done early. A beautiful day here, cold and frosty but blue skies. I actually love running in the cold. Roast beef and apple pie in the oven.