That makes alot of sense now. I think I was trying to copy a couple of friends of mine who run 10k in 35min and their running week is very structured (a bit to much according to their wifes!!). I feel now I've learnt those priciples I will be able to achieve my targets (sub 45min 10k, sub 1:45 half and just to complete a marathon) without it taking over my life!!
Just got back from my 2nd easy run this week (havent done any long or tempo runs in this week as I've got a 5 mile race on sat) and I've tried to slow my pace down, both runs were about 9:10 min/mile, I've tried to slow it down more but it feels really uncomfortable!! However I can now see the point of slowing some runs down as my legs haven't ached and they felt really fresh this morning. Hopefully going into the race on sat they will still feel fresh!!
I am definetely "chew toy". I was mawled my a german shepherd on a run many years ago - owner/walker didn't even apologise. Also had a misadventure with a very exuberant puppy who scratched up and down my legs and left me dripping with blood - again, no apology. Why either dog was off the lead was beyond me, as it was clear that they were not well trained and were not under control. The first one should have been muzzled, if not put down.
I'm thinking of getting my own dog to run with, which will be super-well behaved before I let it out in public off the lead, just to show that it is possible to actually train your dog to not act like a psycho around strangers.
I can't believe people sometimes!! I was knocked off my bike once riding on a single track mountain bike course. There were signs up everywhere stating this was only to be used by mountain bikers, no walkers, horse riders etc.. And the owner of the dog had a right go at me saying I was going to fast round the corner, didn't even ask if I was ok whilst I was sat there with blood coming down my face and arms
Like the thinking RicF, bet you cant get that on ebay for a fiver!