big g, I have used the start slow strategy before and like it, it builds confidence as you start to gain pace and go past people during the race, it works best I feel for a half as 10k I feel the need to attack from the start and I can't comment yet on a mara until I complete without having issues at the end!
Thanks for the advice all, I've always struggled with the concept of going so slow partly because I struggle to get my head around the idea of training slow to run fast but partly because I've always felt comfortable going quicker over distance, my longest training run for my last Mara was 22 miles in just under 3.20 and I felt good at the end. (I should know better being a PE teacher!)
Having said that I've burnt out between 18 and 23 on both my marathons (first being ran at 9.30 pace initially and the second 8.45 before slowing) so I can see the need to adapt. so another 10 miles slow this eve, 9.25, 9.36, 9.43, 9.40, 9.42, 9.39, 9.28, 9.16, 9.02 and 7.16 (the last mile is my reward to myself for staying slow!)
feels ok going slow and I can see the benefits as it feels well within my abilities even the final mile at pace feels like I'm floating for most of it rather than pushing myself. Just not loving being out for over an hour and half in the dark late in the eve never mind two and half weeks till Xmas hols
Ok just back, was slightly quicker than I thought but not by much.maintained the steady pace for first 8 miles 9.30, 9.36, 10.03, 10.25, 9.22, 9.29, 9.21, 9.17 then thought I'd finish at a quicker pace so did the last two miles in 8.15 and 7.27.
Thank you for all the advice carter
Thought of another way to relieve the boredom... Log on here and post! Just over four miles into ten mile run, pretty much 9.45 m/m so far. On a new route to include more trail, but has meant running up two enormous half mile long hills! Little faster now tho as heading down again. Will let you all know how the rest goes when I get home