I actually managed to run at faster than marathon pace at the weekend, in my defense it was only because it was downhill. I briefly met one of Seren's open water swimming friends and apparently only just missed Seren herself.
I'm going from one extreme to t'other Mouse- BTA referee course on Saturday (a certain goateed Welshman talked me into it) and I'm doing the Kymin Dash on Sunday so I'll wave in your direction as I drive past on Saturday evening.
Seren, my abiding memory of the big woody course was if I wasn't going up I was coming down. I also seem to remember doing two laps which is odd as I only did the little woody.
why do you say that running is causing your back pain? What was it that you were doing at the gym?
I'm doubtful you're going to get an accurate web diagnosis (unless Mr Six Physio turns up), so I think you'll probably be better off trying to find a local physiotherapist to try and find out what's causing the pain.