I was planning on doing the Chester Half but given that I have broken down after 3 of the maras I'm gonna give it a miss as its too early. Will look for som shorter stuff mid to end of June. Am currently toying with Berlin 25th September, would make day 1 of P&D 23rd of May if following an 18 week schedule.
Interesting Westy that yours is the most complete P&D Training plan , everyone is bouncing around at 75%-90% and you are probably over 100% so do you feel you may have overtained a bit? I seem to remember your taper week miles were still quite high, as ive mentioned in my report I am going to spend more time recovering through the programme next time.
Age isn't a factor, well I hope not as I am older than you and plan to go quicker next time out. You not thinking of capitalising on your current fitness and running an Autumn Mara?
Re gait - I have hopefully swung a full gait vo2/LT analysis at the Biomechanics lab at local uni in Wrexham who will deal with the whole chain/body alignment etc. Im just waiting on their quote
Tom, Ive had adductor issues before, I think you should get to a physio and you will be able to get the right treatment/stretches to get back to tip top form.
Interesting stuff HA and Madbee, I did absolutely no races or park runs which contributed massively to my uncertainty of target time right upto race day.
I am also not certain re the specificity of the VO2 work, which seems very high risk running for little return - these may be largely dropped in favour of MP tune in sessions. I also got my Carbo loading spot on this year, started Wed night, stopped sat dinner and had a light pasta meal sat night is the way for me.