Hey Charles - thanks for the link and the write-up of the Boost - to be honest I was a little dubious on the idea of this shoe for the average runner, given (as you say) some people finding the different feel of the midsole harsh / awkward. Glad to hear Adidas are soon rolling out more racing focused models - I love my adizero Manas, wouldn't want to move to anything more chunky feeling!
Is it sensible to be restricting food intake 18 weeks out from a marathon to shift a couple of kilos (if you're at what would be a "reasonably fit" weight in my life history),or should I forget about that and focus on having the energy to get the training load done. If it's ok early in a training schedule, at what point would it be silly?
Second quick question if I may - don't have a great deal of spare time with work and a young child, and enjoy cycling as well. Which runs in a marathon training schedule would be least detrimental to drop in favour of a pedal on the pushbike, or to put it another way, which should be absolutely kept?
Lisa, I've stayed in the Brae Guest House just near Meadowbank stadium prior to half / full marathons in Edinburgh - quiet, friendly, and they have a family room, according to their website: www.braeguesthouse.com
Tariff might work out the same as a Premier Inn for a family, but it was suitable for a couple compared to the other B&B prices in the city centre.
Abi: On the way back down the road, I was wondering similar - at this point, I'm happy to say that I'm willing to put poor preparation behind (both on the organisers' part, and my own) and focus on a marathon for next year, but it'll be unlikely it'll be Edinburgh unless there's some promises of major revisions.
Did you leave feedback to the organisers through the link on the website (you've to log into the "my details" bit to access it)?
Mike M-S - Thanks for the sentiments, and I actually feel bad for the groups and groups of fantastic helpers and marshalls along the course by complaining about the event, but I was expecting more from an event that is proud to say that it's the 2nd biggest marathon in the UK, both at the start/finish areas, and general planning and consideration for spectators and runners.
Hey John - You didn't miss much at the end, the finish was shithouse. Just check all the polemic on twitter.
Sorta seems like you've reached a point where you've now got to focus on getting through such a big loss as your folks?
With the best intentions of not saying anything more trite, you know you've got your life ahead, and your parents would be happiest to see you enjoy it. Hey, if racing or running is a part of it, then cool cause it means we'll see you at another marathon or out and about?
Just don't be so hard on yourself, it would've been really easy to stop when you weren't enjoying it.