Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:47
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....