The heartbreaker is a good one, surprisingly fast. You start by running (or walking!!) up the hill then a bit of a drag and a down before another up gets you onto the ridge for 3 laps. The laps are gently undulating with no major climbs at all. The drinks are at the start of the lap so you pass about 6 times!! I think from memory the water was in cups. The surface is good trail, i wore road shoes both times i have ran it. You even get to see some new forest ponies if you are lucky
SS - try not to worry too much about how many or how few long runs you do. I think its more important to listen to your body and make sure you recover well after every long run instead of being a slave to the schedule. Get to the start line in one piece with no injuries and you will have an amazing day.
Thanks for the info and so prompt too!!! I was intrigued since i kind of feel the same as what you have suggested but just wanted someone else to say it!!. Last year i seemed to go well and my longest run was 35 miles with various maras thrown in but none really raced. Over Christmas i tried to get my schedule together but it looked a little light on the longer stuff. I think i will stick to plan A and see what happens this time....
I am running Seville with a clubmate who is in the 3.30-3.45 ballpark area. Since its flat i don't intend to push at all but just try and enjoy the race.
And good luck with the parkrun. Sounds like everything is coming together nicely. If i can get myself out of bed in time i am planning on one too. (but mostly for the cake after!!)
Sorry i haven't posted in a while, have been keeping up though.
Great news about your foot Debra, look forward to seeing you on start line in Durbs Nice to see everyone else braving the cold weather, at least we have an amazing reason to get out the door!!!!
Becca - a question about your long runs. Whats the longest you will go and how many? I suspect there will be a few maras as well. I was thinking of maxing out at 35 again with plenty of others over 20.
And when the next list list gets updated, i am off to find a bit of sun (hopefully) in February in Seville. 19th Feb is the data of the marathon.