Posted: 16/05/2016 at 18:04
On the marathon threads, there is a saying about hurting versus suffering. Good ultra and marathon runners can suffer so they can endure a moderate degree of discomfort for a long time. Fast runners can hurt, so can endure a higher degree of discomfort but for a shorter period. Reckon you must be a hurter.
Yeah - interesting that one. One of my mates quoted Mo Farah yesterday as well. Something along the lines of being "comfortable being uncomfortable". Thing is, my HM time is better than my 10k time.
I think there's an element of needing to man-up a little in the middle of 10k races. Races at other distances and training suggested I would be in sub 37 pace fairly comfortably - maybe about 36:4x sort of shape. But then my training has been 10k focused, so the 3k and 5k times arguably should have been the soft ones, meaning there's a bit to go in the 10k (or so I thought...).
Since 2014 when I was just getting into this and running 40ish 10k, my pacing at 10k races has tended to be on pace for the first few kms, dip in pace, back on pace. Decent time but not what I hoped for. It does happen that my 2 proper PB attempts (November, where I got my 37:41 (going for about 37, but would have been really happy with sub 37:30) and yesterday where I got 37:26, going for 36:30ish but a sub 37 would have still been happy) out of the last few 10k races have coincided with there being a bastard of a headwind in that middle section where the pace dropped.
But - is there anything in this line of thought. I.e. if the training and times appear to be there, and add into the fact, that I rarely cross the line absolutely wrecked - should I be able to just push myself more?? Look at the pace, and regardless of how I'm feeling just push myself to get there. If I properly blow up, I properly blow up I suppose. That's yet to happen, which maybe tells its own story...
I've seen folk puking as they cross the line or very shortly afterwards. I don't want to be quite as brutal on myself as that, but I've never been even close to that. I needed a bit of a lie down for about 10 seconds after my 3,000 race, but that was more down to pushing myself hard on the final lap than the overall effort, but I was over that fairly quickly.