Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:13
Blimey, we're a bunch of old crocks on here. I'm sidelined with a hip issue, which I'm hoping will go away fairly soon as I've no clue how to treat it.
OO - best advice I can give is start off a lot more slowly than you think you need to. It's all too easy to run waaaay too fast on the first lap as it feels stupidly slow for some reason. Hang in there for 11 more laps at a sensible pace then cane the last 200m. If it's likely to be a spread out race they should advise you before hand if you are supposed to move out or stay put when being lapped, which is very useful info for both lapper and lappee. Just don't assume they can hear you coming though. If you're expecting the slower runner to move out you need to muster enough breath to shout 'track' as you come up behind. Many tracks have a random extra lane on the inside of the home straight. Do not step into this lane. It *should* be coned off if there is one, but you can't guarantee such things.
Now, I know this might be a long shot, but does anyone fancy a bimble round the Dovedale Dipper on 10th August? 26.2 miles but nowhere near race pace.