I struggled with feet also, badly blistered and lost all skin on soles and heels of both feet. I do manage to run 5 times a week around shift work but hopefully i can go quicker next year. I know what you mean though about the age thing, i am 52 and in the last 7 years have seen my marathon time slow from 3 hrs 02 to a more modest 3 hours 45.
This is my 2nd and i must admit i am really looking forward to it this time around. I was on last years reserve list and had given up all hope of getting a place to the extent i stopped training in March. I then got offerred a place just prior to Easter (5 weeks before the race). I sufferred on the day and finished in 41 hours slightly longer than i had hoped for. I was still pleased to have finished considering i only did one run of 40 miles and everything was only up to Marathon distance. Hopefully now i know that i am in i will get some longer runs in for next year. Are there any events you would recommend as part of your training.
Just see tne results on the GUCR site. I am in and i see Pete Johnson and John Poole are in again next year. Are you in ? The training starts now i am really looking forward to it, must be something about pain!
Mid October already, i cant wait for the entries to come out. This time next month hopefully i will know if i am in and then the training will really begin. I must admit i really can't wait for the race to come round so that i can meet up with all the great people that are involved in what is a really enjoyable and unique weekend.
I have just seen the update on the web site. I must admit the changes all make sense. I have registered my interest in running next year, so the clock is now ticking and the training plans are being reviewed. Not wanting to wish my life away but i can't wait until next June when i will hopefully take my place on the starting line at Gas Street.