I'm lucky in that despite eating very 'well' and doing only one run over the Christmas period I don't seem to have put anything on.
Bad news is I was already 39lbs (yes that's thirty nine) above my Paris 2012 weight and I haven't gone down either.
I'm certain that weight gain was the cause of my injury woes and that weight loss will be their cure. That may prove too late for Paris this year but having given up the turps for a while I hopefully will shift the weight and it wont be too long before I'm running with some degree of pain free normality.
You'll drop the 7 in no time Jim...you've got previous
I've a couple of races where I've kind of tested it. On each occasion my then recalcitrant Garmin had died in the few minutes before the race and I was forced to run by feel. I got my 10k PB in one and in the other I ran a hilly 7 mile trail race in what was relatively speaking my highest rating race of that year on RunBritain.
I'd assumed that was down to my being restrained by my Garmin - running within myself.
However, in a 10 mile race (with Garmin) I went off too quickly and decided to try and keep it going. I still ran faster than my original target I faded quite badly in the second half. Tactically I got it wrong but still got a decent result.
I think maybe the longer the distance the more you need the Garmin input.
2. At that time of year the weather can be anything from nice and cold to stupidly warm. 2012 - Cool and windy. 2013 - Cool. 2014 - Hot, feeling warm in the start pens before you even started running warm. Apparently 2011 was a heatwave!.
Meh, 2011 was nothing
Well, it was too damned hot - wherever you were at about 11:30 am that's where the wheels fell off. If I recall only those looking for about 3hours escaped the worst of it.
2007 was awful though - ATM will tell you - it was over 30c and people panicked and took extra water at aid stations, meaning the water was pretty much not available until 10 miles or so for those running slower than 4 hour pace.
I think that re-assessing VDOT during a training programme is a major reason for tune up races. Many of us use a half 3-4 weeks before the target marathon as our goal time predictor but assessing an changing intensities in line with VDOT every few weeks throughout - or at the end of a mesocycle - is just as valid.