Posted: 09/08/2014 at 08:33
Now's definitely the time to be getting new road shoes, though if you're getting the same shoe there'll hopefully not be too much running in to do.
What's the course like at Chester? Is it a flat one? Even if it is it would be good to do some hilly stuff in training. The more hills you do the easier you'll find the flat stuff.
If you think you'll struggle to get that 17 miler in when you're on hols (and I can understand that!) then I'd be tempted to swap weeks. It does mean an extra 'effort' week before you cut back but I think you'd be ok with that.