Thanks Sick Note! Good to hear positive thoughts and some good advice there on the over training.
Stripeyrunner - I did the Oxford half marathon. It was good, but I was under prepared. Still managed to get round, but the last few miles weren't fun and I ended up going too slowly. I should have stopped and stretched out my back which had seized up and probably should have gone for a wee too!
I also went out too fast - classic error and really I think down to inexperience. I had anticipated I may go out too fast, but what I didn't anticipate was that I would for some reason decide that I felt fine and could definitely carry on at that speed! Oh well, lesson learnt (I hope).
Welcome Ben, no real advice in the treadmill except to reiterate stripeyrunner's comments on podcasts / TV series on a tablet thingy and accept that it won't be as much fun. Although you could think of it as building mental toughness! Oh, and set the treadmill to 1% incline.
I've signed up to Make-a-Wish this morning, feels good to get that sorted and start thinking about the fact that this actually going to happen.
Also signed up for the Silverstone Half-Marathon in March. Anybody else doing that?
How as the 9-miler stripeyrunner? That's good mileage for so early on in the programme. I decided to start at the beginning of the training plan, even though I've just come off the back of a half-marathon, so my longest run for the next few weeks is 4 miles.
The Fenix will do the alerts, but I'm not sure they will sound particularly different from each other. I've only done it once as a test with high/low pace and if I remember correctly the sounds seem similar but the screen does highlight different colours. Not sure if this would be different with HR or whether the sounds are customisable at all.
Hey Chris, I have the Fenix 3 HR also and it is excellent. I've pretty much not worn any other watch since I got it, barely taken it off day or night. I'm newish to running so it was an unnecessary luxury, but like rodeoflip I'd buy another one tomorrow if mine broke.
The HR is in my opinion pretty accurate, so I don't worry about the accuracy too much but the chest strap would be more accurate and has more data metrics available as rodeoflip mentions above. The only other thing is that I think you can get a swimming capable chest strap if swimming HR is important to you as the wrist based one won't work well in water.
Check out DC Rainmaker for reviews, you'll get more info and advice than you'll need plus he has comparisons across makes and models. I also watched a couple of videos by a guy called rizknows on YouTube before buying mine.