Hope all's well - I enjoyed this mammoth beast of a run this morning: mapmyrun.com/workout/994175135 which got me thinking about running related stuff, so I've got a few questions for you all - I hope you can help.
Firstly, this will be the last time I do my weekly long run on a Thursday morning. Next week I'll be up to 20m, and that's too much to do before a day's work, so I'll switch my long run to Sunday and my Sunday intervals to Thursday. It seems to be quite common advice that you should never run more than 20 miles in training, so I'll hold it there and concentrate my building up the distance on my other runs. Is that advice still considered sound, or can I (were I bonkers enough to want to) go out for a 22 or 23 miler?
Secondly and I admit this sounds like an odd question but have I ever actually run up a hill? All the training guides suggest that running on hills is a good thing and I like to think I'm not bad at it (I tend to pass people going uphill at parkrun who are quite a bit faster than me on the flat) but what level of elevation, gradient and distance actually counts as a hill. Does this run (http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/961541257) for example count as having a hill in the middle?
Thirdly, is it normal for a grown man, half-way through an out-and-back run to a famous London landmark (All Souls, Langham Place) to mark the halfway point exactly by bounding up the steps of the Church and tapping the column in front of hundreds of amused London pedestrians?
Finally and most importantly, where is the love? I know from this website that runners are a mutually supportive, kind and generous bunch of people but when I'm out pounding the pavements of London I get plenty of waves, hellos and nods from people waiting for buses or driving vans (contrary to stereotype, white van drivers are the most courteous motorist for letting runners through, I find) but though I smile and nod at every runner I meet, very, very few other them ever acknowledge it. Without wishing to sound like a total hippy, a bit of love from a fellow runner can lift your spirits immensely.
Keep smiling and keep enjoying your running,