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Hi Cal, I'm sure you can improve your times, regardless of age, it will merely take the correct adjustments to your training; focusing on your weaknesses and training aspects that you may not have introduced as yet. If not already - join a athletics club or look at on line support.
However, it is notable that you have achieved a couple of PBs recently, whilst in marathon training, which is testimony that you have scope to improve yet further. This is because your body should not see the gains of your training until you have had a period of recovery which occurs during the 2 weeks' taper. Subsequently after your marathon you will probably see yet greater gains to your PBs.
Hi Cal, look at your weight loss as a gradual thing and target it by a pond every fortnight or so...that way it is manageable.
It is tough losing weight when training as you always feel hungry. However, there are a few tweaks which you can do to trick your brain.
Before eating drink a half a pint of water.
reduce cabs and replace with lots of leafy low carb veg.
use a small plate.
I have done all these and it does work.
As noted yesterday, you will see performance gains from the marathon training similar to your last experience of the same happening.
I am similar to yourself do like to run in the mornings but if you do want to get your half down from 1:55 to even sub 1:50 don't rule out a one day a week track session with your running club. you can ask the coaches for advice on your running programme.
as Cal has said give your foot a gentle roll on a ball or rolling pin. Mine gets sore from time to time and that is what I do and then pull my toes back with my hand to really stretch it out.
sometime the muscles/tendons compress which makes it feel quite tender and sore.
Google foot strengthening exercises and the problem will go away.