I'm still at the beginning of the training schedule so mileage quite low at the minute, managed 5 miles tonight without any pain. Is such a hard surface something the body can actually become used to?
Very little grass etc beside paths. I jump at any bit I can find but 90% don't have anything at the side. The idea of running for hours (or at all) on a treadmill sounds horrendous but I suppose it can be kept in mind just in case.
Hoka shoes an idea I hadn't thought of. Wonder how the maximal cushioning shoes would work with orthotics.
I recently moved because of my job and have just started training for my next marathon. Unfortunately, the only places to run here are all on concrete, and this is already affecting my knees. Is there anything I can do to minimise the impact of this on my knees? I wear orthotics by the way, and only run once or twice a week in my training, the rest being cycling and swimming. Thanks!
To those of you successful in the ballot, well done, Berlin is a fantastic race in a great city.
On the topic of the ballot though, I've written very critically of Berlin's decision to move to a ballot system (http://www.myrunninglife.co.uk/berlin-marathon-moves-to-ballot-lottery-entry/). I've been in touch with the organisers and drawn their attention to it, but am trying to mount pressure on them to change the decision for 2015. If you're of a like mind on this one, come over and share your views.
Something a bit different - is anyone else doing the Kyoto Marathon in February 2014?
I'm working in Hong Kong these days so was looking for something "local". The Hong Kong Marathon is actually the same day but the heat and humidity here are not conducive to running I can assure you. Didn't get through the Tokyo ballot, so I'm off to Kyoto for my third marathon!
Would be good to hear from anyone else who's doing the race.