Tillstar I'm in a similar position. I've had nearly 2 months off with my back issue. Now that I'm able to run again I'm really struggling. I'm only able to do between 2-4 miles before I just want to stop and go home. I'm just going to build up my mileage again slowly. My issue now is feeling frustrated at not being able to run at my normal pace for very long. Today wasn't good as I felt like I'd run a half but it was only 3 miles!! I blame the humidity!
Skippy - From just after mile 1 to mile 4 the road is really up and down but there are only 3 short, steepish inclines with the worst one being bteween miles 3 and 4, just before you reach the railway tunnel at Leigh. Here the road goes up a short, steep hill and then fast down to the tunnel but you do have to come back this way between miles 9 and 10 and it is quite a tough hill on the inward journey. Between miles 4 and 6 it is fairly flat and quite a fast section with just an incline up to mile 6. It's then either downhill or flat until mile 9. The last couple of miles is on a flat section but the last bit to the finish looks really flat but goes up a slight incline! Hope that helps.
Barbie - Well done on completing your ultra. Impressive stuff
Hi Skippy. Tonbridge half is best described as undulating. It is a lovely route but there are a couple of sharp inclines but nothing like Spring Hill in T Wells! With the right training it's a great half. There are flat and downhill sections but I would definitely include hill training in your plan. Paddock Wood is ideal as it's virtually flat but that's not until the end of March. I know the limit has been raised this year so I reckon you have a good 2 months training to go before deciding.
Tillstar I agree with you about long runs being lonely. 10/9.30 pace is ideal. I've been running too fast for too long and hoping by keeping my pace right down it will allow me to recover and more importantly, keep running the longer distances. Hope you enjoyed your hockey session.
Tillstar - I'm in the Tonbridge/West Malling area. Maybe we could arrange to meet up for the really long runs we'll be doing in a few months time. I'm still battling with my back and struggled with 6 miles on Thursday. It felt better running 9:30 m/miles and it became a little more enjoyable. I've decided to slow right down and forget about speedwork for a while.