ES - Preferably holding hands crossing the line, although even then it's amazing what you can do with Photoshop these days.
TT - I've thought about this quite a bit and come up with some A/B/C targets... A: As close to 71 as possible B: 71:30 C: sub-72 Some HM times for comparison: PB 72:19, I definitely feel fitter than when I ran this. (I ran 73:00 at Bath this year when coming back from being out of shape, way fitter now.) Maidenhead last year was 72:37, so given that I'm looking for 2 mins over the marathon, I'll be happy to take a minute off this, hence the 71:30 target. If I could keep my 10 mile PB pace going for 13.1, that would squeeze inside 71. I did have a belter that day though. Will be interested to see what "around 10k effort" produces for you.
TR/ES - It's uncanny, and I've never seen you both in the same room. Actually I've never seen ES at all and TR only outdoors, but still... good to see you after such a long time TR, and good to hear Jr is doing well.
CW - Good stats! Whilst jogging over the Downs on Sunday we were talking about off-road races; I suggested that if Berlin goes well I'd be happy to put marathon PB chasing to one side and do some more scenic races, and the Lakeland Trail series was brought to my attention. I could be bang up for some of that next year. Maybe pop in on LS21 whilst we're up there.
I had my taper head on for this evening's (single) session, 2 @ MP (5:40, 5:38) and then 3 x 1M, 1 min recovery (5:14, 5:12, 5:12), 11.5 miles total. Pleased to get in some modest volume @ ~MP/10k paces a few days before a HM and finish feeling reasonably fresh. I've really got to taper down my eating along with my training though. I've developed a big peanut butter and jam craving lately.
Well I'm half size up in Boston Boost, Adios 2 and Adios Boost (all UK 10) compared to Nike Zoom Elite (9.5), but then all my Adidas shoes are race shoes, and I think I'm happy with them being a little more snug than the Nike which I used for everyday training, so maybe that means a whole size up for the same fit.