We all have different ways of racing, I remember Chingo used to champion the start reasonably, and end super hard approach versus what me and Bus do.
I think the course is a consideration though.
Wokingham half for instance, I think is a perfect out hard hang on number. It starts slightly downhill, so you get off to nice momentum, and you know the last 3miles have a few slopes. You'd do well to end hard there, and instead you're looking to hold on. Especially as the wind is normally up here.
Frieth 10k starts with a massive downhill, so if you started too slow there, you'd probably lose a stack of time on everyone around you. And would you be able to claw it back. No, for me, a downhill start is a freebie.
Ric, I hear you, but every pb i've ever set has been a time in the bank job. I think you need that mental lift of knowing you're on for a pb early on, rather than having to create the meat of it later on.
Clearly there's a fine line between time in bank, and too fast, later miles ruiner though! I've done plenty of those.
Stevie, I embraced the "to time" nature of today. I see you did a couple of runs this week like that. Freshens things up I think, and is ideal with no track. You do lose the definite end of the rep though, which can make you lose a little focus, when on a track you'd almost lunge/overdo the finish part
agree with that on Samir Scott. I'm not sure if the "30seconds rest" was a joke or not.
It is a joke in the sense that you shouldn't get in the position to need a 30second break in a 6k race! But I can appreciate how it's easy to get carried away, especially in your younger days.
Leading a 10k race at a pace i couldn't get close to these days back in 06 was my biggest madness. Very hot day, led for 1k, before the inevitable meltdown, and 30mins laying face in the turf afterwards.
The chap who got a lift was very concerned for a while!
It was a good day for memorable quotes though.
From the "they're PROPER runners" from the marshall about the top 8 when I came 9th, to the "well you don't have to come along" from a particularly unfriendly club mate afterwards when i was saying how tough the course was.