Oh - and yes, I think I hinted at that in my last post re: people heading out quicker than they should, therefore, you'll be in their way rather than the other way round.
I've become pretty good at not getting caught up in the excitement at the start of the race. I always keep a very close eye on my Garmin because what feels comfortable at the start of a race is normally way too quick. I just make sure to take a look really early and a few glances and if I need to slow down, I do. On my HM PB in November, I was targeting 6:40 per mile for the first 6-7 miles and then cranking it up in the second half. At the start of the race, everyone flew off as per normal and my first look at my watch showed that I was going sub 6:00 pace! I felt like I was jogging...! I actually said out loud a couple of times "slow down" and I settled right back down and went through mile 1 in pretty much bang on 6:40 (after passing LOTS of runners even in that first mile as their early enthusiasm was haunting them very early in the race).
Morning - some quality training going on as always.
DrD - all the best. Hope all goes well!
Lev - sounds great - very jealous. I'd love a wee stint out in Kenya! I'd need some pretty good sunblock though with my pale blue complexion! And, like others have said - more stories would be most welcome!
PP - tailwind? Is that the treadmill belt spinning you round? Nice to throw in a faster mile in there. I'm no fan of treadmill sessions at all!
CW - as a latecomer, I don't get the potatoes reference at all...
RS78 - I see you're a Newcastle fan... You may (or may not) have some local-ish knowledge of good use to me! I got a call yesterday that means I may be heading to Durham 3 days a week (Tuesday-Thursday) for a few months. Any ideas of good places to run / train in Durham?? I see there's a 400m track at the University, so hopefully I'll be able to use that on a Tuesday evening.
TR - sounds promising for the youngster! Is that in athletics or something else?
SJ - well done getting 10 done in rubbish conditions
Tmoth - that looks like another solid session!
Padams - nice one getting the biggest month in 5 years!!
bainspj - I doubt I could stomach that amount of time on a turbo - it would bore the hell out of me.
30 mins easy for me this morning, will be followed by 1:45 easy tomorrow (which is normally Sunday, but juggling things a bit this weekend) to round off another good week. That should take me up to about 48ish for the week I think:
M - 30 mins recovery (3.78 miles @ 8:05)
T - 4x 10 mins @ threshold (6:23/mile / 6:22 / 6:28 / 6:23) off 90sec recoveries (total incl WU / CD - 10.26 miles)
Rich - I'm by no means an experienced marathoner having only done Edinburgh and Loch Ness. I suppose I experienced the start of those two like most others despite falling apart in the latter stages...
Despite being in HUGE group with hardly any space, there was always enough space to run at the speed I wanted to run at. So long as you're in amongst other runners generally in or around your pace, you're not going to lose much if any time (also most people fly off too fast in every race, so chances are if you pace yourself right, you'll be getting in others' way rather than the other way round!) in those first couple of miles. AND, a marathon is a long way so say you get held up by even 30 seconds in mile 1, it really doesn't matter. Don't try to make up the 30 seconds once it opens up or else you'll suffer for it later on.
I think I talk a good game anyway - let's see how well I put this into practice myself...!!