Haven't posted here in a while as the mileage has slowed down considerably since I did my ultra. Am now back in training for a marathon though, so things are picking up again. I'm currently on 976 miles for the year, so should get over the 1000 miles mark some time next week.
I tend to wear mine more for recovery than during a run. I'll only wear them on a really long run (over marathon distance) and found them helpful on a 100k ultra. I've seen some people wearing them for a 5k, which seems a little unnecessary.
That is bad shawk. I feel bad for people who regularly use footpaths when they get confronted with a load of runners blocking the way so they must really get pissed off when they see a load of markers just getting left out on the course (along with the odd gel wrapper no doubt) and quite rightly. I have heard the odd moan about endurance life now and again actually. The courses look so good though that I'd probably be willing to overlook the gripes to give one a go.
Well, my 12 week programme for this starts in a week and a half. I'm aiming for more speedwork than I've done before, trusting that I've got some good endurance in my legs from the ultra training I've been doing. Have done about 920 miles so far this year, which is way up on my usual average. I'm doing the bristol half in the lead up, which I will focus on getting a good time in and then start to ramp up the long slow runs from there. Despite the hills on this one, I am hopeful of a big PB!