Sunday was a lovely day, light breeze, sunny, almost warm but that was London and I was racing in the arse end of S Lanarkshire where it was cold, wet and bloody windy. This 10 mile race always attracts a fast field as it's a championship race for various organisations and is usually on a flat course but this year the route was changed to a horrible hilly route. The race started off on the track then climbed for two miles so I kept my pace easy, miles 3 to 4 were lumpy but I felt my pace was ok, then we turned round. I was smacked in the face by hard cold rain and a brutal headwind I really wanted to quit but I was in the middle of no-where and walking would've been just as bad but taken longer. I tried to find a big person to run behind but had to settle for running alongside a skinny guy and we pulled each other along. Not a PB but one of the most unpleasant races I've done recently. To make things worse I felt so unwell afterwards that I couldn't eat, and my stomach is still in turmoil today. My FB pace is full of smiling club mates sunning themselves after the VLM, I feel like the dour faced grump of running!
Trebor my OH was fast as soon as he started running, and like you he was (still is) very light with lots of non-running fitness. He started out faster than you but didn't make huge leaps in his progress partly due to injury but 5 years on the times are still dropping and he often places in races. As others have said how you progress is anyone's guess, structured consistent training will give you the best chance.
Thanks Simon, by triple extension is that locking out my back leg and powering through it?
DT19 P&D certainly laid down an excellent base from which to work on, you'll be flying . Actually I'm still very uncertain about the effects of marathon training on other distances and post-mara training. I sort of want to run London next year but not at the expense of the rest of that summer's road season.