No autumn Marathon for me Lev, I think the only one I could do that would work for me in terms of timescale etc is Valencia, but that's not going to happen. possibly could do the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon for "fun" / a decent training run IE a 2:58 / 2:59 showing but aim to run under 3 hours, no faster & no slower. I did the Luton Marathon a few years ago & looking back on it, one has to admire the grimness of it all. Must be one of the oddest Marathons in Britain.
Good luck in Berlin, I reckon you will do well & then you can run New York for "fun"
I ran all of my decent Marathons in Saucony Fastwitch 5's which felt equally great in a Parkrun or a Marathon, unfortunately I feel they ballsed up the Fastwitch 6 & I wish I had bought a few pairs of the 5's whilst I still had the opportunity.
Ran my Marathon this year in Adidas Hagio 2's which was a mistake & became an issue after 20 miles.
Just recently I bought a pair of the Black Hagio 2's because I think they are a very decent trainer, just not for a Marathon! unless you are really small / light, I don't think you will get away with it, but great for a 10k or HM
I like the rigid feel that Adidas trainers seem to have.
Thanks Jason, hope you are well & enjoying your running as much as you used to.
I am going to follow the Daniels' Blue advanced plan all the same, his whole VDOT thing looks & sounds the part & I think I would benefit from training at different intensitys.
My whole summer season of 5 / 10k's has failed to materialise as usual, but still stick with Parkrun & have been doing a good quality 1 hour Tempo type effort on Sunday mornings, usually manage around 9.5 miles.
So I think I'm in good nick in terms of base fitness, I'll continue with the Sunday morning Tempo effort, but what would be another good session for me to do to get me in race shape for my Half Marathon ?
Goal for the HM is nothing spectacular; I did it 2 years ago & finished 3rd, so I want to replicate that finishing position & run a faster time ( even if it is just a few seconds ) than last time.