my brother has a Dalmation and whilst the distances and speed would not be an issue for them, they are exceptionally hard work for the first few years and need A LOT of work put into them, no quick walks when you are busy for them; although my sister in law who is a police dog handler and had 2 spotty dogs herself declares them (affectionately)untrainable and useless! Once you get past the first few years you will have a very loyal and sweet dog. A good Labrador is often doing the rounds in my neck of the woods, as well as someone over the hill from me who runs with his short haired Alsatian.
Well you still add references into the text either way but personally when I did my PhD I found it easier to compile ref lists at end of each chapter as I went along and then compile into large ref at the end, I felt more confident that I had everything in there. Now having started working in a slightly new area of research where the reference format varies far more I think I am better off using the ref manager to compile the bibliography; beats getting the reviewer comments and editors coming back pulling me up on referencing not being to journal format!
I personally am not a fan of ref software but currently preparing paper for submission to discipline which uses a very specific style and so returned to refworks so it is correct- did my entire PhD without refworks and that was less stressful! I do save papers of interest to refworks though so I have a database of them all
Equally I too have been made to do stats by hand and I can say that it did not improve my knowledge as to why I use the stats I do in SPSS; Anyway they change the bliddy programme so often you'd better know what you want to do and why or you'll never manage! However I have contact with students now who seem terrified by stats and ref and really seem incapable of 'getting it' even when they are clutching the APA manual in their hand
Hi Alan, I pulled my calf 2 weeks prior to London, I rested it, got massage from physio and then ran London, or I did until 14 miles when the pull turned into a tear- I finished but I have just been able to set aside my crutches now and reckon it is going to be at least another 3 weeks until I can run again. So I guess my advice is if your going to go for it, adjust your expectations as you need to on the day and it may be the case that as a result of Sunday you are out of action for several weeks if not months thereafter. I knew that was a possibility when I did London and although I am glad I went ahead, I do have to remind myself that was the chance I took now that I on box rest! either way good luck- be thinking of you