Sorry if this has been asked before (and it probably has) but does anyone else here crank up the pace for the last mile of a long run or kick in a sprint 400m from home? I have started doing mainly because I enjoy kicking my arse that bit extra at the end of a run, but wondered if there are any actual benefits or serious risks to doing so?
Yidd - I'm not sure yet, I'd definitely do it again at some point, it's a great, picturesque race, but this year may be too soon. I've set a side this year to focus on conquering (walking / scrambling) a lot of fells in the lakes with my mates, so have only been running daft 5/6/7 milers on the road to keep fitness up. Will see though, if I can start getting out on an evening, could be still and option. Have you done it?
To whoever mentioned the 18 minute miles etc, I'm never going to be able to run that pace at the moment, unless i focussed my whole life to it. It's not a case of being too tough, my body just wouldn't be able to move that quickly, completely different thing to putting your body through hell for a sustained period of time to complete a goal.
I stumbled across this on the worlds toughest races, and it got me thinking, what's the hardest race you've ever done? http://www.gymter.com/worlds-craziest-races/ In the grand scheme mines not bad, the Alnwick trail runner half, not massive but I certainly slept well that night!!! My first ever tri hurt too, the bike leg in the Yorkshire dales was especially painful! So anyway, what's yours?