Ulen - you'll be fine waiting a couple of weeks I'd have thought. I entered this last year and don't think I entered until the new year. It's a nice race out in the countryside with excellent organisation.
I'm signed up for the half as part of training for Luton marathon. Does anyone know what conditions are like underfoot? Are trail shoes suitable or are there firm/road sections so regular trainers would be more appropriate?
305 is great. Easy to use, good reception, all the features you need. It is a bit big and if I wear it cycling it can sometimes be uncomfortable because of the way I bend my wrists but for runnings its faultless.
The newer models are smaller but from what i understand do not have many additional features. The only extra I would add is that the 305 is a gps watch, not a training watch. Whilst it can be used as a heart rate monitor, I've always found it too cumbersome to bother with this in the gym (plus the heart rate display is tiny).
I know the magazines say to replace running shoes every few hundred miles, but I'm always cynical that they are just trying to help their advertisers so would be interested in some advice from others.
I've had my new balance stability trainers for about a year now, probably doing about 500 miles over the year, mostly on roads. They still seem to be doing well (had problems with shin splints before) and I will replace them with a similar pair when I need to.
However, I'm not sure when to do this. It annoys me to think I may replace a pair of perfectly good shoes (plus being a waste of money) but don't want to keep wearing them until I get injured and then realise I should have replaced them earlier.