Morning all - I'm just back from my long run, going up north to see family this weekend so had to squeeze my run in today BEFORE work..... set off at 5:45am with head torch and never saw another soul..... happy days!!! Managed to hold sub 9's despite the headwind on the return leg, and heavy legs from last nights speed sesh' (12 ((5K pace)) x 4 min with 1 min jog recovery between).
Lee: LOL - I thought it was just me that was getting freaked out by the tango man!! Secretly hoping that the magenta woman (left) is the 9 min pacer in VLM!!!!
Emmy: I will definatley be quizzing the 9 min pacer before the gun and have a few options down my 2XU compression sock just in case
Unfortunately the 1/2 maras I have entered (Alloa & Balloch) before VLM don't have pacers so I'm using that as the perfect opportunity to use the Garmin average splits option..... loving the mantra idea too so I will think of one for me.
I did read in RW that a runner promised themselves just another 3 steps..... before they stopped and of course they NEVER stopped as the 3 step goal was upon them before they knew it.
Weedy G: that is SO funny although I'm guessing I would do the exact same in London as I follow the pacer like a headless chicken.
Great stuff thanks..... my 1/2 time was Edinburgh Rock & Roll that is an undulating route taking the runners up and over Arthur's Seat. I have a few 1/2 lined up between now and VLM with the aim of bringing that 1:45 time down
The schedule starts on a 32 mile week (long run being 10) and goes up to 55 miles (long run being 20)... I'm training with gels (same ones issued on the day) and take every 45/55 mins
I think my main issues is mental weakness on the day.... esp when I look at the Garmin and realise I am slowing down..... then I loose it BIG TIME! I also think that I will slow down towards the end of the mara so think it's best to bank some time in the first part..... does that help?? I know it is best to stick to the same pace but all logic goes out the window when that gun goes off.
My plan in VLM was to clinically attach myself to the 9 min mile RW pacer.... but I have never been paced in a race before.