mamafox - Brilliant, brilliant running, and a podium finish. What a great prize too, Mr Fox should appreciate that too. I bet you'd have beaten Jocelyne too if she'd been there.
S3200H - I booked that Travelodge a long time ago, before we even decided on Chester as our Shadies marathon and I chose that one as they don't charge for parking, the central Travelodge does.
I have decided to DNS Dingle so have been doing all the cancellations but it's not too bad.
Hotel cancelled, no charge. Car transferred to March €10 refund. Flight transferred to March so I can do Tralee marathon, cost £129 but that's not too bad as Tralee marathon is on the nearest weekend to St Patrick's Day and up until now the flight prices have stopped me going (circa £300). Am just going to book a hotel which is €80 cheaper than I would have paid in Dingle and it looks a nicer hotel in Tralee.
So now I can just get my foot better, I have Hereford marathon on the 21st Sept and after that Chester
Big G - your 'come back' schedule looks fine to me. Shame you've been wearing out the life of your running shoes with non-running but I don't think it will do any harm to run in the new shoes straight away, at least you'll know the cushioning is at it's maximum for the shoe. You'll need to run on the flat and in a relaxed manner, easier said than done!
Iain - well it's not advised to do such a high percentage of your weekly mileage as a long run but I think for you it works well. You do a lot of walking in your job and with your cycling too that keeps your training at a good level. I think in the past you've trained with too many short fast and hard runs and this time you've done the opposite and the relative comfort that you are now finding in your long runs is showing your endurance is improving. How are your legs feeling generally now?
Right signing off for the day, fed up with computer, emails and paperwork. Going to make some soup and cake and watch the triathlon on telly.