Yes, I understand those points. The tempo run is so important because it replicates race pace and unless you do them you are never sure what will happen when you race, especially over distances like 10k and half marathon. My favourite sessions are intervals but I also struggle to do both most weeks.
I usually find it's easier once I'm fit enough but it's important to rest enough to allow adaptations to occur.
Mr P - sounds like a great session that one. Mind you, I'm glad my daughter can drive herself everywhere now. I have my life back and can train harder now!
Jen - my first London was overwhelming! I didn't enjoy it . This time I made sure I rehearsed everything in my mind. I even visualised what I would do when I had a rough patch and it helped enormously.
There is definitely something in this sports psychology lark!
The last three years I've done low key marathons and really enjoyed them, but I experienced something new on Sunday, even though it was my 5th London!