Hmm..I'm doing a 10 mile run. My question to myself is "do I run it at closer to my 10k pace, or closer to my HM pace.
If I run at a pace that is faster than 7:15 miles on average, but with a slower first half, then I would describe that as being closer to my 10k pace, but with a negative split. Makes perfect sense to me, perhaps I just live on a different planet to everyone else
Anyway, to quibble over little technicalities like this is a waste of valuable energy. Cal & TR have given good advice, and I've decided how I'm going to approach it now. Thanks for the useful responses guys.
Lol, I'm not overthinking it, in fact I'd say I've under-thought it, hence wondering if anyone can offer advice.
"try a pace in the middle and see how you feel along the way" is exactly what I'm suggesting: negative splitting means, broadly, running a slower first half. So if I go out at, say, 7:15 miles and increase towards 7:00 miles in the second half of the race then my time will be closer to my 10k pace than my HM pace.
Just wanted to know whether this too fast and if instead I should aim for something closer to HM pace.
Re the weight loss: I suppose I haven't really got any good reason for specifically targeting 80kg, other than I feel as though I'm probably carrying about 10kg of excess. Might be way out. I agree with you to be honest Phil, I should just clean my diet up and keep putting the miles in and natural weight will become clear!
Perhaps I should make my long run longer and easier based on comments. Making the parkrun part of a longer run seems like a good plan, I do notice others doing this sometimes.
One thing I've never understood with running is why long miles are so important. I just accept that they are on the basis that it's what everyone says. When I go out for long rides (3-4 hours) on my bike, my limited endurance training doesn't hold me back much at all. What it does mean is that I have to take a gel every 20 minutes whereas others might not need any at all. Basically as long as I stay under my lactate threshold I can go for hours provided I fuel correctly. For this reason when I increase my threshold then I find I can go faster over long distances too, with very few long rides.
However, if I don't take enough gels and run out of glycogen, then my performance drops off significantly. Is running really that different and if so why? It's something I always wonder about!
Got a bit of a pain in my hip so decided not to go on my planned long run tonight. Not a great start!!