CW - I've just bought some Lunarracer 3s. No arch support that I noticed, but the shoes feel quite spongey. They feel very cushioned for a racer. You feel a bit detached from the road surface type thing. I like the cushioning but I imagine others wouldn't. They also seem to come up a bit small for info. I had to go up half a size to normal, and even then the shoes are very snug. I'm thinking about swapping them for another half size up actually. Hope that helps a bit!
CW - re the Nike Flyknit Racers. If you buy from Nike direct they have a 30 day refund policy, so in theory you could order some, try em out for a few runs and if they're not for you send them back to get a refund. They even pay the postage! Just a thought
Sorry to hear more folk are being struck down with this bug/virus/cold. I can't seem to shake the last bit of it off myself. I've had a really bad headache pretty much permanently for the last 5 days or so. So I'm just ticking over with the easy stuff for now (8 on Monday, 10 last night - both around 8'00 pace). Hopefully it will clear up soon.
Al_P - good stuff re the pool running. Should hopefully keep your fitness ticking over until you're back properly.
wardi - strange one at Snake Lane but you def did the right thing. Just see it as a decent long run as part of the VLM prep eh?
Great sessions from Steve6 and bufo (at paces that are totally alien to me!) Nice midweek longish one from joolska too
CL - I'd missed your post before. Google 'Walt Reynolds ITBS Special' and check out some of the videos on youtube (it's a difficult exercise to describe, so seeing someone perform it helped me). When I had ITB trouble a few years back that really helped. Might not work for you but worth a try eh?
Tmoth - I think the Yassos are a very good session, but not that good at indicating your Mara time. I'm with padams on that one. I think it's far easier to run say 10 x 800s in 2'45 than it is to do a 2'45 Mara. So do the session by all means, but don't get too giddy if you do em in 2'50ish or whatever!
Or alternatively I've stuck 2 gels in my back pocket, and then slid one or two under a wristband/sweatband that I wear. That's what I'll do this year I think. They usualy hand out Luco gels at 14 and 22ish too for info, so another option there.