I'm trying to decide which marathon to do in the spring. I had been planning Edinburgh but its very expensive and everything I hear about it seems to be quite negative. I've been looking at Lochaber in April as a slightly cheaper alternative.
It would be nice to hear from someone who has done both and can give me their opinion on which they think is better.
My hrm goes crazy sometimes at the start of runs, particularly in the cold. It will often say for the first mile or so that it's up at 220/30. My theory is that it's something to do with needing some sort of moisture to work properly and in the winter I don't get sweaty so soon. So I would agree with meldy that they cannot be trusted 100 %.
Is the heart thing like palpitations when it feels like your heart beat is all over the place?
I was like this last year, having to go out when my husband got home from work and he is self employed so just finishes when the work's done so could be 6/7/8/9 o'clock by the time he got home. Most nights I dreaded going out in the dark and cold, I live in a very small town so anything over 4 miles involved running loops as there wasn't enough street lit road. But I would just get changed as soon as I'd given the kids dinner so that no matter what time he got in I just left for my run without thinking about it and always found I enjoyed it and was glad I went.
This year my 3 year old is in nursery so I'm reveling in being able to do all my runs in daylight and run wherever I want without being restricted to street lit areas so im glad I stuck at it all last winter!
Before my daughter was old enough for her free preschool place I actually paid for her to do 2 2.5 hour sessions at nursery a week while I was marathon training over the summer. It worked out costing about 20 pounds a week and was well worth it! I don't know of that would be an option for you? Even if you could just get a couple of daylight runs in a week it woul make it less depressing.
Sorry to butt in here, but I have hard skin on my feet ( not to the degree that it causes me any problems) where my feet get a lot of friction and where they used to blister when I first started running. As a woman this is really quite unattractive although no one except my partner really ever sees my feet and I've long given up caring what he thinks, anyway, I always assumed that it would be better to leave the hard skin as it had built up in order to protect my feet in areas that were getting rubbed when I was running but from reading this I guess it's not the case?