the great thing is that you are back to running. I had 18 months of more or less continuous cross training and there is nothing to beat running. My speed isn't there yet (I'm still nervous of setting off the injury again) but it's getting there. I'd recommend some lower body work in the gym to build the legs back up again.
Sennheiser don't know the model number but I'd guess they are the ones everyone else is recommending - £29.99 and worth every penny. I've spent years looking for a pair that don't fall out of my ears or twist around so that I'm listening in mono.
fantastic! when I first started running I couldn't even get round the block (100 yards run, 100 yards walk). I gradually built up and suddenly, at around 6 miles I think (it was a long time ago), I found adding a mile and another mile suddenly became less of an unthinkable achievement. A lot of it is just building up confidence about running the distance and making sure you don't go mad and get injured and have to stop and start the whole process again. I think it took me around 6 months to build up from nothing to very slow half marathon. And I've never looked back.
because it was nearly 10 years ago! and I don't want to end up with a load more injuries that'll put me back in the swimming pool (only marginally better than not exercising at all). But now I have something to work to who knows? good luck with getting into the London marathon.
wow that's a brilliant tool (although I certainly won't be attempting a marathon time of 4.05 or any other marathon time come to that). I haven't done that much running at all over the past 18 months due to an ongoing hamstring followed by achilles injury so am way slower than I was when I last ran. The only race time I have is the 5k I did last week. It's put in a 1:27 for 10 mile which I will be running in feb and a 1:56 for a half which I'm doing in march - I'd like to go for under 1:50 for that - my best time being 1:43.