When I started running I recorded my runs in a diary, keeping nothing but the time spent on my feet. Looking back over it, it was great to see the gains in how long I was spending running. I have no idea what the pace was (probably for the best) but I was so proud to write 60 minutes non stop after a number of weeks building up. It's such a great motivator. Good luck with your training and +1 for strava.
No long run this weekend, just lots of chocolate. Nice run with Mrs JR today with my youngest on his bike, 3.45 easy miles around the country lanes. Had a very rested weekend but looking foward to training stepping up this week as it's 5 weeks until the Hartland Heartbreaker now.
Why haven't you been able to train? If it's because of injury are you okay to resume running for sure?
If it's not due to injury, in which case I would ask professional advice from a physio, you've plenty of time. You're way ahead of a beginner in the sense you've already done a marathon even if it was 8 years ago so you know what it takes to complete one. If you can run 14 miles now you're on track with any 16 week schedule I would think. The fact it's multi terrain and there's plenty of climb suggests time will not be an issue or target for you.
Personally I would run as long as training continues to go well from now and you're happy to accept you may take a little longer than if you'd completed a straight forward training plan without a gap for whatever reason.
That's settled then, trail running is better than road .
I ran the Kilmington Kanter this morning, a 7ish mile multi terrain run with two challenging hills giving me another 750 feet of climb.....and a couple of fast downhill sections too. There was a bit of everything with road, trail, woodland, fields, bogs, two sodding great hills and a superfast downhill trail that I really enjoyed letting myself go down. Very well organised, lovely sunny weather and a hot cross bun ready and waiting (and still warm) at the finish. Will be back next year.