Hi! I am also doing a run/walk plan - well walk/run really! Following John Bingham's training plan in his book. Did 16 miles yesterday - 3 min walking, 1 min running. The plan is to do the FLM 3 min walking & 2 min running. It took me 3 hrs 43 min to do 16 miles yesterday!
Like you, Milliemoo, I have also been having injury problems as well - 2 weekends ago I was supposed to be doing a 12 mile walk/run and got lost and ended up doing 14.5 miles, but over a much hillier terrain than expected, practically had to crawl the last mile - thought I had Illiotibial band syndrome starting! Ok after yesterday though, so may do a 3/1 repeat in marathon instead of 3/2! I just want to finish.
I have only been running since last June and started marathon training in December, only after gaining a place running for my son's charity at very short notice. Then I got ill in January and missed 3 weeks and nearly packed it all in then I got John Bingham's book and it gave me new hope! So far so good.
It helps not to think about a particular time - I'm just aiming to finish before it gets dark!
I agree about the atmosphere thing. The only other race I have done was the 5k hydroactive in Birmingham, with over 5000 runners and lots watching, so that was great. I chose Stafford half, not just because it was quite local and flat, but also because it had the larger number of participants than the others, this has two advantages one to add to the atmosphere on the day to help me round, and two to minimise the chances of me embarrasing myself - the more people the better. I am not doing anything where there is only 100 runners and the slowest time last year is twice as fast as what I can do! I want to be motivated.
That is what I think about the FLM, with a huge cheering crowd and 40000 other runners I hope pure adrenaline will get me round, and if not nobody will notice me lying in the gutter at tea-time!.....only joking.
Seriously, I admire all of you for entering these tougher races.
I bet they will have loads for you to choose from, but if you are at all like me, the problem is when I go into those places, I always end up coming out with 'important equipment' that I never intended to buy (most of it I have never even heard of before!). The blokes would say it is the typical female shopping 'instinct'!
Fiona, I use a Nathan bottle holder, that goes round my waist like a bum-bag! The people at my local running shop recommended it (maybe they just see me as an easy target as I believe anything they say!) for my longer runs....when I do them, as I always seem to need to drink loads, even on a short run. As I have'nt done any really long runs yet I can't comment on how comfy it is after a longer time, but it seems really comfy now, and the bottle is quite big. Mine just has one bottle, but there were ones that held more.
I am doing Stafford on 19 March, It is only about 20 miles from me, the others around this date were all at least 70 miles away. 4 weeks ago a half in itself would be a major deal, but it pales in comparison to how I scared I feel about London a month later! I didn't have to put an expected time on my entry, best to keep my options open. I suppose I will have a better idea of what time I will do when I have done a few longer runs. At the moment it feels like it would take me 6 hours to get round 13 miles!