PH I have not done BroadMeadow before and having looked at other folk's results am resigned to perhaps a longer day than I'd expected !
Have Broadmeadow (18th), Stratford (27th) (2 maras 1 town 9 days hahahaha),
long non-club run first weekend in May (up and down an undulating 2.5 mile stretch near my house, so a very well appointed event! ) (I was trying to get people to join me but don't mind doing it on my tod)
Halstead (MUST BOOK HOTEL!) May 11th
Have just had massage and have booked myself in for three more.
Douglas, bizarrely I am taking comfort from your experience last year in that actually you got pretty far with ... um was it a broken leg, technically? ... and so, you know, even with a less than ideal start all is not lost necessarily.
Looking forward to it. Is it bad to be thinking of starting packing already?
Well ... I see Garden City Runners charges a whole £20 for membership ... you could join them, stand up at the front at the first club run, and say,
"Looking forward to running with you all, but first, my foot is ****ed, and I'm looking for recommendations about local podiatrists, all info gratefully received!"
It is tricky getting recs as they are not as common as physios or sports massage bods or chiros or osteos. I needed to see one when I had very little annual leave, the local "known" pod had emigrated to Cyprus and I didn't want to spend time I hadn't got on having the soles reworked - I ended up going all the way into London to see a guy in Harley Street(!) (funny to see our ratty old car parked next to all the Bentleys in the underground carpark).
Assuming you follow something like Hal Higdon's Novice plan - that's 18 weeks, starts out at 15 miles, and peaks 15 weeks later at 40 miles, 4 runs a week. If you assume you do all the runs at your easiest pace and then some (so as to allow for getting changed, stretching, faffing etc) that gives you an idea of how much time you would need to have free. Also, if you can claw back a bit of time in the week by using internet supermarket shopping or getting a cleaner that can help !
+1 on the don't give up (or do start doing!) strength and stretching.
Well a rival paper has launched a fairly successful running section (bit? part? corner?) in recent times.
I would like to see the paper as the report was that :
running 2-3 hours a week was healthier than not running
and the implication (could be poor reporting) was that people running more than that had shorter lifespans than the ones doing 2-3 hrs per week.
But here's the thing. People in general tend to die when they're quite old, you know, over 70. How many 70 year olds do you know who run over 3 hours a week? I do know some 70+ and 80+ runners but I would be surprised if any of them were doing more than that. That does raise questions of sample size and statistical significance...