Wardi - You may well be right, that was certainly the venue last time.
As for the TV thing I'm sure she'll do everything she can to wriggle out of it. At the end of last week's Bradford 10K there was a live radio interviewer trying to pin her down. A neat bit of footwork later and I'd been pushed in front of the microphone answering questions on her behalf. She's good at sidestepping these things
Emmatron - If you're getting cranky go for a run until you're no longer cranky Short slow runs this week will be more beneficial than resting so don't feel too hemmed in by a plan that has mostly rest days, if that is indeed the case.
I think Njord is going to be pleased that he has some enthusiastic potential users of his services.
If you do join the train and get a successful sub 3 his currency of choice for any thank yous is a pint of Staropramen at a yet to be announced York hostelry some time on Sunday afternoon.
Wardi - It's funny you should mention cuppas as I seem to be getting one or two Elite priviliges, such as coffee on tap, without being an elite as a result of the OH being classed in that bracket. She applied in the normal way as a standard entry but has been allocated a bib with her surname on rather than a number and is being asked to do a pre-race TV interview. Not her kind of thing so is pretty embarrased by it all in all.
Malcs - Just to reemphasise the credentials of your pacer for Sunday, Njord actually did exactly the same job yesterday at the Chester Marathon. He brought it home in 2:59:41 but, more importantly these were the splits for each 10k:
1st 10k 42:28
2nd 10k 42:30
3rd 10k 42:23
4th 10k 42:56
As I say, you really couldn't wish for a better pacer. Oh, and don't be too concerned that he might not be up to the job after running a marathon this week, he has been known to run sub3s on consecutive days before now. So, relax and follow the mohican
Malcs - yep, they'd be pretty much flat out. However, a parkrun the day before a marathon is much more risky, typically that will be run as a dress rehearsal for the first 5k the next day, maybe around 20 mins, anything faster and I find you can pay dearly in the closing stages the next day.
Smig - Sounds spot on, all you're trying to do now is keep blood flowing on a regular basis, training is now done so relax and enjoy some slow runs
Emmatron - Sounds like you're feeling fit and ready.
Smig - There are no hard and fast rules about the week before, some people run good marathons off pretty much resting the weekend before, others like to have a proper blast over a shorter distance, ie 5-10k, and yet others can run a good marathon off running a marathon the week before.
Really it comes down to how the training in the last few weeks compares to what you've done before - if it has been a journey into new territory in terms of workload then keep between now and race day to short easy runs and let your muscles regain full strength to give yourself the best chance.
Personally, it will be a parkrun and a 10 mile race on Saturday, Sunday is not yet decided but probably nothing strenuous.