Great news about Boston, GD. It's on my list, although it would have to be a year when my club hasn't got aspirations of a team title at London (or if I'm too slow to have a chance of being 3rd scorer!).
Just about got 5 miles with 6 sets of strides done. Got back home post-rehearsal and realised the schedule said 10 sets. Ah well.
I use a light backpack that holds up to 1 litre. I only take water if I'm running over 15 or 16 miles and it's warm, so it doesn't get used very often. It's convenient to have a few small pockets on the backpack for keys/gels, etc. I don't like holding a drinks bottle in my hand as it means that you're carrying the weight of the water on one side, not distributing it evenly.
Great report,GD - sorry it's taken me a while to read and digest. Great that you mustered that sprint finish to bag the sub 3.10. Hope that you are now close to walking comfortably
Busy week at work so far, and thankful this is the week of P&D which has a 4 miler (done on Monday). Got home from work just before midnight yesterday, so no run, but hoping to squeeze 5-6M in between the end of work and an orchestra rehearsal. Pfft.
Fingers crossed for you, LMH, as you're in such great shape at the moment. I don't think an extra week of taper will make that much of a difference: if the knee is ok when you get back from hols then a little bit of quality work will get you race sharp.
Horribly busy week so far (got home from work just before midnight yesterday) but hoping I can squeeze a short run in this evening.
GBRM: that's sub 2.55 form if you've done the endurance work.