Hi Rennie, Sub 3 is around the corner. My view is that the trick is training for sub 2h55m. You can then still be conservative then and get your sub3.
Great session Nutterman. it does seem well within reach with those HM times.
Steve, I also ran a 88 first half. I must admit I got mixed feelings. From the very start I didn't feel great. It didnt help that it seems virtually every runner started way too fast around me almost sprinting in some cases.
Even waiting for the start the sun was quite strong and I could feel my head and neck feeling quite warm. For me it was not so much the heat in terms of temperature but the direct sun and lack of shade.
I took me a couple of miles to get some sort of natural rythm going. I've done a couple of fairly large marathons but London really takes the biscuit as far as crowds of runners is concerned.
I stuck to my pace plan and got to the half 10 seconds behind schedule in just over 88 minutes.
At this point I could already see loads of runners slowing down and some even cramping up and walking.
You'd think runners capable of an 85 minute half would know better and pace themselves conservatively. It's a mistery to me why so many people after weeks of training and mental preparation would set off too quickly.
You can't avoid sites and forums talking about the importance of conservative pacing early on!! What are people thinking!!??
I understand the heat may have played a part (certainly in my case) and the harsh winter may have not allowed some not so serious runners to get the necessary long runs but at one point people were actually sprinting and we hadnt even crossed the river yet.
Anyway, by mile 18 I started feeling the effort and started to mentally recalculate and visualise the rest of the race. At that point I had a strong suspicion I would not be able to get a 38/39 minute last 10K as I intended. As it turns out I ran the last 10K in 39:38
I ran the 2nd half in just over 86 minutes (1minute 40 second negative split). In the last 7K I overtook 240 people and I was overtaken by 2 runners.
Will go out for a jog today as I feel pretty good and will resume proper training next week.
Steve, I'm running the BUPA 10K in just udner 5 weeks. Is there a particular structure or speed session you would recommend to improve leg strength in that short period?
Hi all! Just back from the race (stayed nearby for lunch).
I don't know what others will think but I found it a little too warm today. I got the time I set out to achieve but I'm not sure I could've pushed a lot more today.
02:54:55 in the end so very pleased.
AW, how did you get on in Hamburg?