I'll be attempting 2:59 from the FGFA zone of the Red start, so with Phil pacing from the green start, the likelihood is low of me needing to choose whether to run towards or away from his shorts.
I was told that 'Lee' is the red start sub3 pacer. Anybody here know Lee and whether he will be in the FGFA pens or somewhere in the rest of the red start? The guys I asked at the RW stand at the Expo didn't seem to understand the difference so weren't able to say.
...and back to the OP - I'm a similar height and weight to you and when I first got to the sort of pace you're at now was around the time I started using lightweight/racing shoes with a little support. I've tried Asics DS Trainer and Brooks Racer ST5 both of which Phil already mentioned, as well as Asics DS Racer, all of which were decent with their own pros+cons, and I comfortably ran my first marathon in the ST5. My preference for road racing at the moment are New Balance 1400, and I still use the ST5 for most of my road training.
I've never worn Adrenalines so cannot compare to those specifically, but on the rare occasions I train in bulkier shoes of that nature I really notice the extra weight, and notice that shoes with chunkier heels feel awkward and alter my footfall.
I do find similar difficulties and I am also 30" waist / 33" leg. A lot of high street retailers rarely have anything in my size, and on the rare occasions that I've made the effort to look, it's either 'small' tops with a billowy cut that aren't fitted enough, jeans with that nasty ankle swinger teenage skinny jean look, or just general junk.
Over time I've found that H&M seem to be the most consistent high street shop for stocking basics that fit me well - fitted but not skin tight - I generally get jeans and t-shirts from there. Other than that I visit the outlet type places to find acceptable prices on branded clothes which seem to have a better cut and sizing is more consistent across their range, then once I trust their sizing I also risk buying their stuff online when it's in the sales.
Plan for next 7 weeks, as I have half race on May 10th.
I will bump this thread after Kent to let you all know how I got along, but of course if anyone has any further advice, it will be much appreciated.
From what you've posted I think you're racing too many HMs - a distance which you already appear to be well trained for - at the expense of training for the marathon distance which evidence suggests you're not.
If you plan to do two 20 milers within three weeks, when you only managed two 20 milers within 12 weeks last time, I would suggest that the weekend inbetween should be a proper cutback week to adapt, not yet another HM race.
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