I ALWAYS run the runs I have planned for me, but sometimes I tend to go a little too quick in training, particularly if i am feeling strong during the run (although I know I should not). But I guess most people do this from time to time?
Race pace will definately be as suggested and no quicker, may get down to about 6.45 - 6.50 - 6.55 mid race and then see what I have left for the last 5km after the hill, if that pace is achieved I will be on happy chappy.
Just read back up and spotted you have already posted this weeks plan. A nice resting week ahead.
I remember when I tried to start training Ben, he would not slow down and said he simply couldnt and i got frustrated by it and I guess you will be frustrated by my run today - sorry.
I wanted to try a few Km quicker today to get a feel for race pace, but looking back at that times I should perhaps have done it for maybe 3km at the most and then dropped back to the 7.30 pace. I kept the pace up for too long really, although I know you will say I should not have done it at all. I think I lacked a bit of confidence from last weeks "ill run" when I had to stop short of the 18km and felt I needed to show myself I can do it. I do now have the confidence, I was happy today and felt more like my normal self in running.
Whilst training has not been easy due to injury i think I have peaked at the right time to "get round". If I can get around in 2hours 30mins, i may shed a little tear of joy, but it will be tough and I know it will be tough, but even finishing it will be a MASSIVE acheivement for me.
One thing I am VERY conscious of and I was thinking it from the off today is NOT to go out too quick and keep the pace right. I will be focusing very heavily on this as I know now that negative splits are possible rather than the original go out fast and hang on approach which I now know ruins a race.
I will be carrying to 2 gels with me (which I took today at 9km and 12km and last week at 8km and 11km). I hope to take these in the race around the 11km and 15km marks. The water will also help as I never run with water, even when it was very hot. The crowd and the boost zones and the finish line will see me through.
I will be doing the paces you suggested, that will give me 2hrs 27 mins and if I can pinch some seconds later on I may get to 2hrs 25 mins.
16km LSR done, felt pretty perfect to be honest. Aching insteps a little now I am sat down (cant find a bloody tennis ball).
I decided to try to put in some quicker laps in the middle to attempt just over race pace to see how it felt. All good as I am hoping for a race pace of 6.59 throughout to achieve under 2hrs 30mins, that will give me around 3 mins spare.
Taper this week now but what do you recommend I do please?