Everyone is getting fat together and the perceptions of what constitutes overweight are changing (increasing). Perhaps you didn't go town for a long time
A 2007 UK-based study examined public perceptions of overweight over an eight year period. Participants were asked to report their weight and height and classify their body size on a scale from very underweight to obese. Self reported weights increased dramatically over time, but the weight at which people perceived themselves to be overweight also rose significantly.
The authors concluded, "Despite media and health campaigns aiming to raise awareness of healthy weight, increasing numbers of overweight people fail to recognise that their weight is a cause for concern. This makes it less likely that they will see calls for weight control as personally relevant."...
Here in Madrid I quite often run races without officially entering, not because I'm tight but often I've left it too late or I can't be bothered to go to pick up the bib.
I was a bit worried about it the first time, in case race officials chucked me out, but actually nothing happened. I've done it 4 or 5 times now and never had a problem. I just time myself on my stopwatch. With 1000s of runners they can't really police it.
Come to think about it can they actually stop you running on a public road? Do they stop you in the UK? (London marathon?)
How about some K-Swiss Ironman shoes? They were specially developed for Ironman events and have a bit more support than racing flats like the Fastswitch and yet only weigh a little more (250 grams if memory serves). The same model without the Ironman logo down the side is cheaper.
My best time for a 10k is 52.29 mins. I would like to improve my speed to beat 50 mins! What average speed per mile should i be looking at and how do i improve my speed?
Get some lighter race shoes. I bought some Saucony A3s and they knocked a couple of minutes off my 10km time. It really makes a difference having a 150 grams less on each foot (or maybe its psychological )