I was wondering if anyone set themselves goals other than completing races or setting new PB's. I find goals motivating but for various reasons can't race much this year. Last year I set my self the challenge of running the equivalent of round Wales via the coastal path and Offa's Dyke (1047 miles) which I achieved; has anyone else set themselves a non-race sort of goal and how did you get on?
How many miles can you run now? To complete the GSR you don't *need* to do much more than say 3 runs a week. I hate the gym so I'd ditch all the gym work/classes and just get out for 45mins to an hour 3 times a week then when that's comfy start extending one of your runs like you say by a mile a week.
Others may come back and extol the virtues of strenght training, etc and yes, it is good to do but to be honest I'm not convinced that it's necessary for the average runner, unless you're particularly injury-prone and therefore need to strengthen certain muscles. If you enjoy the gym/classes then stick to them but you do need to prioritise the running.