Posted: 26/05/2015 at 14:40
Actually when it comes to me running a PB I'm the least strategically approached person you'll meet.
This year I've ran 5km (twice), 10 mile and half PB's and at no point in any of those races did I look at my watch to see what my time was or pace was until I'd crossed the finish line (this also stands for my 10km PB last year). I also ran my marathon PB this year and I only checked my watch about five times in the entirety of that race. I seem to run better off instinct and judging how I'm feeling than clock/pace watching.
In Paris this year I glanced at my watch at 5km and decided I was running too fast, so slowed down. I glanced again at 10km and decided I was too slow, so speed up! I looked at the watch again at the halfway point and saw I was bang on pace with my 2012 PB time and just told myself 2012 was getting its ass handed to it! I then glanced again at 25km and was feeling great at this point and could see my time was good still. Last look before the finish was at 35km. I knew at that point as long as I was running that I'd PB.
I'm pretty sure every single thing you'll read about running will tell you what I did was wrong, but it worked for me. Also when I ran my 5km PB at the weekend I thought I was going much slower and did stop to give someone a hug mid run! I'm also sure that's not in any of the running literature.