Not really bothered about the contents of a goody bag, but must say a big THANKS to the runners world 8 mm pacer. He was spot on all the way, maybe 20/30 secs fast in places but made the the pace much easier to maintain than constantly checking the watch, I'll be looking out for him at London. I felt a bit of a prat sprinting off towards the end but needed 23 seconds under 1:45 to beat my PB. Did it in 1:43:14, Polar watch with distance pod showed last lap at 0.9 despite the rest being spot on (don't wont to open that can of worms up again!). Great race, many thanks to Ron and the organisation team as well as the marshalls.
May 2001, Blackpool beaverbrooks 10 k fun run. I've spent the previous 10 weeks honing my 12 or so tracks that will see me across the line in less than an hour. No. 1 John Lee Hookers"Boom Boom Boom" No. 2 "Sweet home Alabama" Lynard Sknard, No 3 "Copperhead road" Steve Earle & so on, culminating in guns n roses, black sabbath & finally AC/DC to see me over the line. All is going to plan at the 5 K point, a nice bit of U2 "beautiful day" that will be followed by the clash "Londons burning" (the point where I pick the pace up!). The turnaround spells disaster, blazing sun, no air, legs turn to jelly. The Sony walkman feels like a lead weight attached to my shorts, sweat is pouring from me in torrents, my only thought is the work load of the night ahead. As Mc Donalds & the clash converge I realise that I've nothing left, all those hours of training, starting slowly then picking up the pace & finishing in heavy metal glory (easy!), it's all gone wrong. Walking now, I hand the Sony to the missus & stumble over the line in a dispirited 1:04. The last time that I have listened to music for running inspiration!
Since then I've progressed to sub 45 10 k's & I am generally a lot fitter than back in 2001. I do use an arm radio to listen to the football on an easy few miles on a Saturday afternoon, but I will never use the distraction of listening to music whilst I train. Even over 15 mile plus runs, I find that a varied & undulating route will keep me more focused than a run listening to my ipod.
Completed the race yesterday in 2hrs 5mins. Apsolute killer. Took a gel at the 1hr 30min mark & felt sick, plus felt no real benefit. Will start experimenting with SIS products in the future as these seem to be the products of choice. Thanks again to all on the forum will put the advice to good use in the future.