TZ - Indeed, you can't upset planning permission! I'm very much looking forward to this. Had a bit of a scare on Sunday as I had to stop my 20 miler at 12 1/2 due to knee pain. I thought I'd have to withdraw but Mrs GFB persuaded me to get to the physio to see what the problem was.
I saw the physio on Tuesday evening and she confirmed that I have a very tight ITB in my right leg. Some very deep tissue massage and stretching exercises have sorted me out, I've managed 2 runs of 7 miles since without any further issues. I have a sports massage booked for next Friday and I have my trusty Grid roller to help me between now and 1st June!
I'm still hoping to plod round in 5 hours and am hoping that it's not too hot on the day.
TZ - Had to laugh at your comment about planning permission and the neightbours. The path alongside the Cyclopark used to be the hard shoulder of the A2!
I'm in agreement with you about headphones, when I run on my own I always have my headphones in however when I race or run with the club my music is left at home. Having said that I may bring them with me on the day and start listening after all the speed merchants have finished and I'm still on my first lap! (I expect that I'll be about halfway by the time the speedsters finish!)
Blimey, I have 2 pairs of New Balance 880s, I run one month in one pair and the following month in the other,. They're both up to about 250 miles each at the moment.I also have 2 pairs of New Balance 625s, they were the shoes I ran in when I first started running again but both are now just used for general use.
I'm sure I'm not alone in the running community in that I'll quite happily spend £80 to £100 for running shoes but won't pay more than £30 for work shoes.
If your husband fancies a bit of cycling, not necessarily mountainbiking, he could head off out of the car park but going to the right of the gates rather than through them and head onto the old A2 which has been made into a footpath/cycle route. He can follow this for about a mile until it ends, which is just after The Premier Inn. Turn right briefly onto the road then go straight over the two roundabouts and back onto the path for approximately 2 miles until the path ends. He can then turn left and in about 200 yards he will be at Shorne Woods Country Park.
There is a cycle route in the park, I'm not a cyclist so don't know what it's like. The link below shows a run I did last year, the Cyclopark is at the bottom of the A227. Where I turned left is the route to Shorne, had I turned right I would have been in the Cyclopark car park. It's the section of the run where I ran alongside the A2.