Think the key for you big_g is not to get carried away, which isn't always easy. Good progress though
Some wind assistance up the last hill will be more than welcome Shades ,think it's all looking a lot calmer for the weekend.
No expert but everything I read is to do Intervals for shorter distances, I do plenty of fartlek type stuff ie make it up as i go along (think that's what fartlek means ) , but no structured intervals/hill training etc. Maybe I should try it, I just don't like being too rigid with training, if I feel good one night then I'll run up and down hills/run a bit quicker if i'm not feeling it then just an easy one. I do keep an eye on weekly mileage and hard v easy sessions etc though so a little bit of a plan there somewhere.
Think I beat my 5k PB in the first half of my recent 10k ,that's the problem with going faster it puts all the other times way out. I've now got to improve my 5k, half and my marathon is way out...I will get one right one day.
I just need to do more shorter races to get used to the feeling of hanging on, will def try and make the parkrun more often.
big_g - Good to see the running is going well. Could do without the probate stuff though, must be frustrating.
jugula - That's not a good experience, I hope it hasn't put you off. It's finding the cause of the problems that is sometimes frustrating, look at your diet/hydration in the days leading up to the Marathon, maybe a bug etc.
Cracking 10 mile time SK
Iain - Probably still recovering from Chester & not specifically trained for a 10k. I'm not keen on the faster shorter stuff either but something I want to improve on, just feels like I'm hanging on for the entire race & lungs & legs hurting!
Hope the foot rights itself Shades, good move on withdrawing I think, good luck with Dublin.
Abingdon is on my list as well, mainly as it's a local one for me (well not now but I grew up in Oxford and know Abingdon well), you haven't inspired me to do it though
Had a nice 7 miler along the River Dee on Friday & then had a very lazy weekend, did plan a couple of little runs but they never happened. I'll head out tonight for 4-6 & a few tomorrow (looks a bit windy tomorrow!)
Snowdon on Saturday which I feel massively under prepared for so no time pressures which is good although I'll be upset if I don't beat last years time, 4:56.