Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:51
That's kind of my plan Dan A - I was going to see how I felt in the 1st mile or so before settling on a plan, Hopefully I will bump into you on the start line (what will you be wearing - I'm as ugly as my RW profile pic suggests, although it doesn't show that I'm only 5'6" - hence the name John "Bach" - bach in welsh being small/little!!).
I ran 2h49m last year at Blackpool, but I raced that one - the leader was in sight at mile 10 and I cannot deny that the thought of perhaps winning my dad's home town marathon did cross my mind!! Barca is going to be a comfortable/paced effort from the off, although I hope to push on in the latter stages (depending on how 'm feeling!!). I feel I'm in better shape than I was pre Blackpool last year - more 20's under the belt (including marathon paced efforts in some of these). Ideally I'd have done at least one other race in the build up to Barca, but I've done one more than I did last time (i.e. none!). I don't intend to do another spring marathon, so it would be good to go out on a high!!