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Hi Cal, ultimately the choice is yours and undoubtedly you will receive numerous differing advice. Personally, I wouldn't race anything too hard in-between two marathons. In your case you are on your feet pounding the tarmac for over 4 hours. I would bare that in mind, before making any decision, on the choice of races in between.
Hi Nell, your times look good you should now have a lot of confidence to hit ur A goal.
Certainly readjust your targets if you are consistently over achieving your training targets.
Are you poorly?
if health is okay - have you lost fitness or strength?
Do you work on Strength?
Hey Faya, loss of fitness and perhaps some strength will be the issue. Two months off with no exercise is your problem. Obviously if you are not sleeping too well recovery could be hindered. Meditation and or a herbal remedy for a few weeks just to reset the sleep mode is worth thinking about.
Loss of fitness - I am a big advocate of HIT sessions on an exercise bike as they see quick gains on Vo2 max capacity. The low impact of the exercise bike means less fatigue. Supplement rather than replace any of your running.
Strength - add in some body weight work such as single leg deadlifts. you can also add in core work, calve raises, and press-ups.
Once you are good at those google (youtube) 'plyometric strength training for runners'. you'll find stuff like box jumps and bounding etc. This type of strength training is very popular at the moment.
Hi Cal/Nick, the start remained the same, it was the finish line that moved. it used to finish at the football ground but now finishes near the cricket ground. The start line was always (in recent years anyway) been outside white city.
Dependant where you are; it can take a while to get over the start line, but nothing like London.
I'd estimate about 10 minutes for those near the rear.