I am doing a 10k race on sunday and would like to try and go sub 40 mins. My latest HM time gives a prediction of 40m 7s. The issue is that in seven years of runnning I have concentrated mostly on HM's and until this year had only done 4 10k races. In the previous 10k's I have gone out fast and paid the price in the later stages, therefore I am planning on taking it easy for the first 2k and then increasing the pace. My concern is that this strategy might leave me down on time early on that I might not be able to recover from (I'm probably lacking in confidence about my race strategy).
Any advice in helping achieve my target will be greatly appreciated.
I didn't do the race this year, but did go along to spectate as I live locally. I like the start time, but part of me was glad that I hadn't entered because I was hot just standing around. Every year the 1pm start is raised as an issue, but if it is a hot day it will be a problem regardless of the start time. I left home at 10:30 and was hot walking into Windsor at that earlier hour. Last year was much better because the race was moved to the end of October, perhaps that is the answer to the problem.
Since the race was opened up to charitie last year I have seen a lot more people collapsing and needing treatment. There were certainly many more participants towards the back end who looked under prepared for doing a HM and were walking before the end of the first mile.
Totally agree that the cups of water are a pain in the arse.
I was amused by the Mark Steel column in the Independent today :
"Maybe Alex salmond's best response, the next time it's claimed that the RBS are threatening to leave, would be to say they're not going to be allowed to stay even if they want to, as they're nothing but a nuisance"
Wow, didn't realise that there was politics involved. Similar to previous posters I think that it is important to have an accurately measured course. There have been times where I completed a race only to find out that the distance was wrong. Usually caused by errors in setting out the course on the day, annoying but these things happen.The main benefit for me of sites like runbritain is that they show results in age group categories and I can compare myself to a similar peer group. race results that are shown as 40+ don't cut the mustard for me, especially when you are at the top end, in age, of a 10 year age span.