Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:33
Well, Sunday's run/walk experiment worked pretty well, although not really as intended. I underestimated how hilly my intended route was (Strava says it had 3000 ft of gain) and so, 4:1 was not a realistic strategy, if walking the uphills. So, I very quickly changed to walk uphills, run downhills, jog flat and, if there were any longer stretches of flat, to do a little bit of walking there too. My aim was 20 miles, averaging 12 minutes a mile and so coming in at 4 hrs. I came in just under the 4hr mark but what really pleased me was how even my pace was, which is rare for me over long distance. I was almost bang on 5 miles for each hour. Felt good overall, didn't need a huge amount of nutrition (no gels) and recovered pretty quickly.
The tester, as has been mentioned, is doing this in an event from early on. I have a marathon in 3 weeks as a training run and I know from past experience that I am very weak willed when it comes to sticking to a reasonable pace from the start. Too many people who I think I'm quicker than, that I don't like being in front of me! I've just got to remember how good it feels to pass people late on in a race.