Posted: Today at 18:22
That's how it went
Nicely flat, perfect weather, bought a new bum bag thing on the way with 2 little bottle things, so had water in one and isotonic drink in the other (not used it before but always like to experiment...)
First 8 miles felt great! Decided to turn round at 9 rather than 8.5 - first half splits were
12.27, 13.25, 13.17, 13.11, 14.18, 13.47, 12.19, 13.09, 13.24
Pretty damn good for me on a long run!
Turned around and realised I'd had the wind behind me and been going ever so slightly downhill, but got back into my stride a bit and promised myself I'd stop to get a treat from the cafe at mile 16
Second half splits:
14.57, 13.51, 14.13, 13.49, 13.16, 12.24, 12.53, 12.37, 12.00
Rather pleased with those, especially as I speeded up nicely towards the end and felt like I was sprinting the last mile to get back to the car in under 4 hours ('sprint' being relative, like you said.. )
Got to practice my sprint finish - sister has a nasty habit of playing all slow and pathetic all the way through a race then sprinting off right at the last minute and I can never catch her! Not this year though
Wore trail shoes in the end - I didn't want to do myself a mischief or risk cocking up my long run in brand new shoes. I'll take them on holiday though and wear them in a bit. New bag thing was fab, went for this in the end
First time I tried isotonic drink too (that in one bottle, water in the other). No idea if it helped bit it was nice to have something other than water to drink and I certainly still felt pretty strong at the end
Next week on hols and lots of cycling planned so just a couple of short runs I think. Then (for long runs) I'll do 13, 20, 13, 8, and then it's the race
That sound like a plan??