If you like crowds, this is great! My third year and possibly last. Was placed near the back first year and the very back last year! Still achieved sub 1:40, but it is hard work to get a good time as it really is packed back there.
I read on some running site somewhere that running backwards was of benefit to runners for some reason. I did in fact try this out on one of our runs (but only once!).
I've started doing additional hill work on our 'normal' runs, which we do twice a week together. It's about 6.5 miles and in the middle there is a long up hill (about a mile) which we go up and then back down. I am now leaving her near the bottom and running ahead (with my manically bouncing border collie) to the top, then back down to wherever she's got to and then resuming the rest of the run with her. We should continue to meet at roughly the same point each time as we both improve.
thanks for the response so far. Just to clarify, my running partner is not my other half, just a friend that I coaxed back into running. Unfortunately we both struggle to maintain normal patterns of training (due to kids, odd working hours, etc.) hence we are stuck with each other!!! Looks like I can ditch the weights though if I go with the majority vote (it is quite hard hauling them up a hillside).
I am currently training with a slower running partner. On my own I'm around the 7minute mark, but my partner is around 10! I am starting to carry weights on the two days running with her.
We run approx 6miles each time with half our route up and downhill.
Does anyone have any better suggestions (other than ditch her and find someone else to run with - I wore my last training partner out!) or ideas of how much weight I could carry to offset the slower pace?
I was running with three border collies!!!! On leads along roads (took lots of concentration near lamp posts and other pedestrians) and then free running off road. Unfortunately arthritis and possible epilepsy have reduced me down to one that continually jumps up at my waist for most of the run. Off the lead and off the road is definitely the best option, so time spent on training is well spent