Running does make you hungry, but you want to watch out that you don't eat too much. Many people (myself included in the past) use running as an excuse to eat whatever they want. If you're doing a really high mileage every week, you can probably get away with that to a certain extent but if you're not doing that many miles, and as you're doing C25K I assume you're not, then it's very easy to eat way more than the extra you're burning.
That's my thinking really Also-ran. I really enjoy races and they're great motivation for me to keep running and doing the miles. I'm doing a twenty week plan and that's a long time to focus entirely on one main end goal. The races are almost like treats between blocks of training.
That sounds like a plan Phil. Like the idea of specific pace targets for the 30K. If I try and treat it as a pacing exercise then my target will be to hit a certain, very achievable time or times and then, if I go under it I'll have failed as much as if I go over it!
cougie, the 30K is five weeks out from the marathon and falls slap bang on a day in my schedule that had a 20 mile run anyway. As 30K is a bit shorter than 20 miles I thought it would be OK if I went a bit quicker than I should. I definitely don't plan to race it although suppose the temptation would always be there to push a little bit harder than I ideally would in training. I just felt it would be good to do a race longer than I'm used to as good experience for the full marathon.
It was the half I was unsure of, but perhaps you may be right in that I should drop the 30K instead.
The 10K isn't really a part of the training plan, but I've slotted it in because it's local, is in a nice location and I missed it last year.