Dam, it actually didnt feel that long until the mile 1 mark but there you go.
Dean, I had to keep turning around because I knew I wasn't going at the speed I wanted to and inexperience didnt allow me to know what pace was required at that time. As you can see, I was very careful not to mess someone's race up.
Wib, I even slowed to a pace slower then what I run on the pavements so yh it was me making them look good. Really frustrated that I never when sub 60 pace. I would have gotten a nice lead on them and probably would have been able to do something with it. I doubt it but its a nice thought.
I am sure they are grateful. You did go to extreme lengths to make them look good. Build up a 3-4 metre lead, implode within 800m and then jog in nearly half an hour later.
Surely in looking back you are sending the message out that you are struggling - (thats what Brendan Foster always says on the television anyway) Perhaps had Samir looked straigh up the the others would have thought that this is a runner making Jurassic improvements and let him go - in looking back they must have thought he's struggling lets get him!!
That is pretty hard to do when he blows up at 800m!
Phil thanks for the video. Samir's gait aside, he does look pretty relaxed and certainly not breathing heavily.
Hmmm... once they passed him there was a decent speed difference. I imagine it was Samir slowing and not everyone else speeding up. It looks a lot like he wasnt going any further at that pace and went straight out the back door.
Still he got to lead at one point and was only 25 mins behind at the end. Great result.