So, what would you do on race day if your watch couldn't pick up a signal ? I guess you would run quicker than your planned pace for the fear of not achieving your goal time. You could, of course, use the pacers but on Sunday I couldn't see any of them so I was sort of in no mans land. The 3:15 pacer must have come in ahead of schedule as I couldn't see him on the long straight road of the last mile. It's an interesting strategy but I do think you've got to be prepared to fail if you want to succeed ! I also think you would somehow have to incorporate this into your training so it would be too late in the day to decide on a strategy like that now. It was sort of thrust upon me because of circumstances and it paid off, I dare say that it could easily have back fired as 15West suggests
Stewart - my legs are feeling surprisingly ok today, apart from one of my knees that is still giving me a bit of grief, but a lot better than yesterday.15 minutes is a fair chunk to knock off your PB but with a good training plan and things going well for you on the day I don't see any reason why you couldn't get under 3:30. Not sure if Loch Ness is the right event for a PB though ?
Sense - I forgot about my Grindleford Gallop comment and yes, it turned out to be not far off at all. It's a good point you raise about self belief and I agree that your mindset does need to change on race day. Of course you need to remain controlled and I think that is the key thing. I too like the idea of an overseas marathon but I will need to persuade the missus that it's a good idea ! Glad to hear the thread is going to continue.
Here you go then, the embarrassing race photos are available - http://www.finisherpix.com/photos/my-photos/single-view/bib/2444/action/singleView/controller/Shop/event/asics-greater-manchester-marathon-2015.html#54990644