Ok - will go easy on pace. I do have a few plans, but most are 18 week/24 week from scratch - I have 7 months left and am already doing 10ks / 4 runs a week.
Any advice on where I should pick up?
Thanks for the advice on the drinking issue. I hadn't considered stopping at garages/shops in case that was regarded as 'cheating' but guess once you go past 10ks you don't have a choice but to stop for a drink.
Had to take a break of about a week though as the top of my foot started hurting, to the extent I was limping around. I thought it was a stress fracture but had it x rayed and it looked fine. By my own research I think it was tendonitis. I went swimming instead for a week which I didn't enjoy as much (swimming makes me mega tired and hungry). Pleased to say I just did a 6 mile run and am back on my feet!
I have until 10th october to get marathon fit and am finding some interim races to do in the meantime.
Some questions if you have a spare min: how do I prepare for longer runs than 6 miles and do I need to take a drink? I don't think it's safe for me to run longer than an hour without water but I haven't sorted any provisions out yet,
I am still only averaging an 11min mile - if I do about 9.5 min mile I can only sustain for a couple of miles and start getting very breathless. Does this bode well?