The Luton AC summer races series is good value. Inexpensive race with a good atmosphere, great venue (held from a modern sports centre so full use of lockers, showers etc), medal, banana and water. Even though it's held in Luton, it makes sure you see as much nice countryside as possible ;O) There is a 5k, 5 mile and 10k and you get a tee-shirt if you enter all 3.
Yay, should be a good one!! I did Rock & Roll Dublin this year (half mara) and was great fun. Brilliant atmosphere and I expect there will be quite a few international (especially North American) entries as it is a US events company who organise it. It'll be my 4th marathon of 2014 so not looking to get a decent time, basically enjoy it and see it as a 26 mile dance-a-thon
Went to Liverpool back in 2008 but that was before my running days so will be good to run it.
Mike White - You get the blue start if you're in the ballot, which is smaller than the red (charity) start but bigger than green. Get to the front of the pen but I think it will be very crowded anyway. I am not a sub 4-hour runner but still don't think I would like the idea of using up miles/energy early on by weaving in and out. Think best bet would be to find a pacing group and stick with them, hug the pacer as people tend to drift to the side when a big group coming at a consistent pace comes through. I did this and as we were all going at the same pace it was a nice way to go. (Except in my case I was too optimistic with my finishing time and by half way I could not keep up any longer and was dropped!!).
It thins out a lot more later on so just enjoy the first few miles and take in the atmosphere, although Canary Wharf was very busy again as spectators hog the road and make a narrow gap for the runners!!
I just got a charity place, 2nd time running VLM Due to charities struggling to fill places over Christmas a few have dropped their pledge amounts making a charity place more realistic. Only thing is I must now forego a holiday (and drinks, and new clothes, and really anything else and live on bread and water!) as I cannot be asking people to sponsor me again (having asked 3 years running!) so will probably have to pay it all myself....O_o
Think there's a reason why it's called a rest day!!
I don't do anything more than a gentle swim (i.e. no front crawl, no drills, just a nice drift while chatting with friends) or a walk, or medium cycle to work. Alternatively just do all the chores you need to do round the house, being up and about with loosen the legs and stop you feeling sluggish, but not give them any more work to do and you want to give them time to heal and be stronger for the next week's training.
If following the training properly your legs will certainly need the rest alright! ;O)
I would also think that is just about enough time to train given that you do have a running background. If struggling perhaps concentrate on getting a solid base (be able to do a 14-16 miles comfortably & consistently) rather than high mileage and whatever you do don't try and make up for lost time by racking the mileage up too early as you'd be more likely to get injured. May have to accept you may not smash your target time, so if struggling by March time but still feel like you could "get round" then just take it easy and enjoy the day rather than pushing too hard. Remember still to taper around 3 weeks before the race and not try and cram in a 20 miler the week beforehand!
I am also doing Brighton so good luck, it will be my first time doing that race