I got a bit stressed about accommodation but have now booked a hotel at St Pancras which should be a simple enough journey on the day. Had to check tube timetables, tube planner and thetrainline.com to be sure, fairly confident it'll be ok. I'm in London every few months so I'll check the route closer to the big day.
Training plan ramps up this month, up to 13 miles on New Year's Day. I did a 9 mile run before work on Friday, so it's good to know I can do that on days I work from home.
Oh, and by the way they don't like you running 9 miles on the day you give blood! They were worried about dehydration but given the temperature at the moment I could satisfy them that wasn't a problem!
Hi All, it's been a couple of weeks since I posted and my update is - It's cold!
So far, so good. I've only missed one run so far, but I'm beginning to feel the cumulative miles. I'm doing a fair bit of juggling of the runs around to fit them in and also now have the option of running in the evening with a head torch. I've seen a few foxes and surprised a couple of dog walkers, but many of the roads don't have street lights round where I live so it is necessary.
This week I'm squeezing my runs in during the week, as I am giving blood on Friday evening and don't want to be running over the weekend. Any advice on running after giving blood?
And I'm now thinking about accommodation - Thanks Kinga for the reminder!
I'll register my interest in the Tower Bridge to Finish Line run, but I'll need to confirm next year how it all fits in with the training plan and when I can get a day out. I live in High Wycombe, so not too far.
RunCraig - The Tough 10 was tough! Should have expected that really, but it was good fun. Very muddy, roots, rocks, narrow paths, steep hills etc. I was surprised how much the different muscles around my ankles ached afterwards.
My time was just under 1:20 for the 10K, but then the fastest time was 45 mins so I don't feel too bad about that.
PGI - There's still plenty of time left for training; that's what I'm telling myself anyway!
You may also try reaching 80% of the distance in 75% of your target time for your training LSRs.
That may be useful to try once the mileage of my long run increases. Probably not worthwhile on 6 miles though!
I'm doing the Chiltern Tough 10 this weekend as my long run. Should be fun to do something a bit different and as it is just down the road from me, it may open up some light trail running on the longer runs too.