Barca's great Wardi, I loved it apart from setting off too fast. I took in a game at Camp Nou the night before, massive contrast to watching Middlesbrough. I'm hoping to have a more comfortable run in Valencia than I did in Frankfurt although I am not sure we are likely to have a round of beers bought for us by the locals like we did in that pub.
It'd be great to catch up at some future marathon. I note Brass Monkey entries open 8/11 so maybe we'll bump into each other there.
Race day always adds that vital ingredient - adrenalin. Can be a dangerous drug though if you set off stupidly fast. I remember at Barcelona, feeling great flying along at that time at 7:15 pace. After 16 miles the daunting realisation occurred that I was knackered and still had 10 miles to run. They were pretty miserable miles.
Have you gone sub 3 before Banksy? I've managed it twice and both times I've banked a little time in the first half and ran even goal pace splits in the second, meaning the time I banked was still there at the end.
For Valencia I'm not in sub 3 shape and I fear that if I attempt it I'll spoil the run. Still haven't entirely ruled it out though. My running buddy is also going for the sub 3 at Valencia so I hope the weather is kind and you both smash it.
Beers in the Irish bar on Sunday afternoon whatever the result!
I know it goes agains perceived wisdom Bob but I'd be tempted to bank a small amount of time. Your training has gone well and you are lighter so frankly you are in the best shape you can be in. I read a fantastic blog on a chap going sub 3 and his sound advice was one word 'patience'. There was also a second piece of advice 'don't be a d*ck". It boiled down to this, you have prepared for the race for months, you've got yourself in shape don't set off too fast and in those parts of the race where you feel great don't speed up just remain patient in order to hit your goal.
9 min miles gets you in on exactly 4 hours. That would make me worry the whole race in case there was some fade at the end..8.50 - 8.55 might give you a comfortable cushion as you'd go through half way in 1:58 and know you could spread those banked 2 mins over the next 13 miles, thereafter every mile you hit at 9mins or below you've still got that cushion. Just don't speed up to 8.45s (there'll be other marathons for that)