DrD - boscombe sounded like xc so you were welcome to it. I previously told you not to enter hayling, I just didnt add the downton bit on. I dont want you taking my thread glory again. Just wait til stu leaney* finds out im going to downton without him too. He won it last time we went ( i came about 5th)........I have the same taper as you would have had to, mine is a free bar as well, but luckily its friday night so I can sweat it out on ghe bike saturday.
*the 2011 thread 1/2 marathon champs were at downton, stu leaney was thread champ I was 2nd. This year I aim to top the podium as no one else will bw there!!!
Dachs - sounds grim, I dont miss XC at all. One of the benefits of belonging to unattached harriers is the lack of XC.
Padams - your legs are groaning a bit with the increased running, hopefully they will settle down soon.
CW - that longer commute would do your VLM prospects good. The first bit of a recovery run is the creaky bit, so once you've done your 3M you could easily carry on to make it 5.8M. You get a minimum of 5.8 twice a day, with a longer run in the morning some days ? sounds ideal to me. If you lived 8M away then you'd really get marathon fit !
My legs coped ok with Gosport so I entered the Downton 1/2 for this coming Sunday instead of the Hayling 10. Should be a nice toddle round the north part of the New Forest, I seem to remember it being 2 or 3 minutes slower than a flat course so no chance of another sub80.
Legs were ok after y'days long run (well 12M is a long run for me nowadays) so I did the 30sec session today.
Running eye - sounds like you are around 80min shape then on the flat, that is well under sub3 fit. 60mpw is a lot in an off season esp with no easy running, id do mainly easy running. P and D will be fine but you might want to make vlm your target race as its a bit too close to may to run two strong marathons so close together.