Good luck for Sunday RunningDadUK I always find a 10k more likely to be an enjoyable run as they're over a bit quicker!
As for me, I ended up about 1 min slower than last year, but overall I'm happy with my time. It came down to a decision at 9 miles, speed up a little to pb pace to beat last years time, or carry on at the pace I was doing. Didn't quite have it in me (mostly mentally I think) to speed up!
Thanks everyone for your input. Think I have a plan for Sunday; main target is to beat last years time. If feeling v good at half way may push for pb esp as most the uphill is in the first half. But based on how I felt last year, I need to mentally prepare for painful legs in the last 3 miles!
Anyway am still interested to hear how other people plan targets for races.
1) Go for it anyway, you never know what you can do if you don't try.
2) Set a tough but more achievable target (e.g., best time for the course)
3) Take it easy and enjoy the day
4) stay in bed (why bother run if it's not a pb attempt!)
5) Always have a clear plan of A races which are pb attempts and B races that have a specific goal!
I have the Leeds half on Sunday. Last year I got a pb at this race, then I beat that time by 3 mins in Feb. The new time was bsaed entirely on the fact that it was a flat course, whereas Leeds is undulating/hilly. As such I'm very unlikely to beat that time. I'm wavering between going after last years time, and running at a comfortable pace and enjoying the event. Not sure if I'm just being lazy, but option 3 will involve a lot less pain!