So a little more detail on today's race. Didn't do much warm up running before hand, due to lack of space and the start (weren't allowed to use the start/finish straight) and chatting to PP/DrDave and other non-fredders. Spied a bearded Marders lining up at the front too.
The plan was to go out at c.5:35 pace and see how it felt...
mile 1 (5:33) - Slight downhill & usual rush off the line at the front, but felt ok breathing/effort wise, waiting to see how the next few go!
mile 2 (5:32) - Comfortable despite the short rise up to Queens Sq, in a decent group at this point and opt to stick in behind them as we head out west into the wind
Mile 3 (5:36) - Into the wind and undulating, I edged in front of the group before mile 4 as I felt I was well within the limits effort wise
Mile 4 - (5:30) - End of mile 5 was the hardest point (done twice!) upwards rise and dead into the wind, pleasing mile split considering. Still had the famous red shorts in sight a few hundred yards up the road at this point
Mile 5 (5:32) - Turned downwind and motoring on the flat, feeling strong and smooth, but wondering what might be left in the tank come the second lap...
Mile 6 (5:26) - Not at half way yet but feeling good considering the pace! Largely running alone by this point
Mile 7 (5:32) - Starting to think this is likely to work out fairly well, should be on for a PB unless things fall apart badly
Mile 8 (5:39) - 2nd time up into Queens Sq was hard, working hard into the wind again
Mile 9 (5:41) - Tough. Starting to think that at least I'm likely to get a 10M PB, if the last 3 go wrong...
Mile 10 (5:40) - 10M in 55:30ish, middle of the mile was a battle, but once going downwind It gets better
Mile 11 (5:30) - A following wind and slurp of lucozade and it's game on again!
Mile 12 (5:28) - Counting down the miles, hard work now but decent pace still
Mile 13 (5:34) - Gritting teeth for the last full mile, including a nasty little rise up to the final turn and a 200yrd finish straight dash bang into the wind. Still squeezed out 5:0x pace as the clock ticked towards 1:14. Watch made it 1:13:35, not sure of position yet (c20-30th I would think)
overall pretty happy with the result and to run 13M solid sub 2:30 Marathon pace....
Quick check in from Bath, unofficial time of 73:34, so PB by 30secs or so, very chuffed! Felt strong despite wind and lack of company in a lot of parts of the course. Great to meet up and chat with PP and DrDave, some great times being set down
Bains, injuries are funny things, keep working at it and try different stretches to getto the bottom of it. I've spent a faiR bit of time in the past looking up bits of anatomy ( got a great 3D visualisation app on the iPad for it!) trying to track down the real root cause of a niggle/injury, I think I've often had as much success diagnosing a problem as the physio with the self-assessment approach (and it's a lot cheaper )
Happy birthday TickTock!
Quality long runs from TR,CD (nice distance) and TippTop (nice pace)
Feb Stats - 374M, av. Pace 7:03/M, 4 Rest Days
Having possibly the most relaxing pre-race start I've ever had this morning... Staying in Bath about a 2min jog from the start/finish area with an 11am start time. Went out for a 15min shakeout jog at half 7, then breakfast and now sat twiddling thumbs! Weather looking ok, but definitely on the breezy side... Will report back on the other side, Good luck to everyone racing this morning if I don't see you at some point in the proceedings.
I'd freely admit that I'm a probably a bit over the top w.r.t gel quality in a A race marathon (one every 5k or so), but I can stomach it easily and feel reluctant to reduce to number only then to find out it does make a difference for me!
PP - I think keeping up with you over the full distance might be tricky on Sunday given those mile paces . I'm attempting to cajole a group together to help combat the likely windy conditions, the approach worked very nicely at Abingdon back in the autumn...
Might be better off tucking in behind Padams though, probably going to be the fastest broad shoulders in the pack