Kingston breakfast run

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10/02/2010 at 12:10

I am running the VLM and have a couple of half marathons planned. I have entered the Kingston Breakfast 16 miler 2 weeks before the marathon. My question is, I am planning to run this at my VLM planned pace to see how it feels over a longer distance than most of my tempo runs. Does this make sense or is it too close the main event? By the way my VLM target pace is 9m/m.

 Thanks any guidance much appreciated,


10/02/2010 at 13:15


I am doing as well, but aiming for Edinburgh.

My view would be to aim at mara pace in this one. It is far enough away to recover. But def no quicker - last year I did Cranleigh quicker than mara pace and was certainly a bit slower in London as a result. So 16 miles I make 2-24.

11/02/2010 at 10:44

Great thanks for this, it is just finding the right balance between hard training and completely knackering myself!

 Anyone else have a view?

11/02/2010 at 12:10

I'm doing this as well before VLM. My aim is to run it about 30-45 secs slower than my marathon pace. My goal is not to achieve a good time for this but merely get into the swing of racing conditions for a long run.

12/02/2010 at 10:25

It was on my training schedule from NIck in last year's lucozade super six programme.  I ran it at my FLM pace quite comfortably - though it is a *much* easier race to run than FLM becuase its so flat and also because its not too busy.

We had a glorious day for it last year, hope it is as kind for you

12/02/2010 at 10:26
Oh and get there in plenty of time - parking was a total killer last year and people arriving not long after us were getting channelled into an already full multistorey car park and getting stuck.
14/02/2010 at 20:18

AGREED parking was a nightmare last year !!!

I ran this last year and I aiming to do so again. I ran a lot quicker than my marathon pace but wanted to test my endurance in a race environment.

The course is flat and not too busy so an excellent opportunity for a PB just beware the bicycles on the towpath. 

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