Posted: Yesterday at 16:59
RFJ - was looking out for you at the start but couldn't see you. Sounds as though you had a good run with steady pacing, and a similar experience to me in a. getting trapped in the traffic at the start and b. nearly getting run over, in my case by a big black Range Rover who clearly felt that runners had no right to cross the road. 19 mins is a massive PB so a big well done.
As for my race report:
I only live 30 mins away so it wasn't so difficult to get there in decent time. The aim was to run to feel - no watch, no Garmin and to aim for 7:15 pace (MP) for the 15 miles - I had thought about the 21 mile (i.e. an extra 6 mile lap) version but for various reasons decided against it.
A bit congested for the first mile or so so probably lost a little time weaving in and out, but soon settled into a rhythm - the first few miles were slightly uphill so I made sure I didn't waste too much effort.
I caught sight of a fellow Dorking runner (who told me his marathon PB is an agonising 3:00:01!!) around 5 miles and gradually caught up with him and found out that we were doing around 7 min / miles so yet again my ability to judge pace by feel wasn't working! That said, I felt good and we ran on together, joined by another runner to make a sociable bunch of 3.
At 9 miles there were a number of Dorking marshals whose encouragement gave me a second wind and I pulled away as we went off road for a bit. I suspect that the pace fluctuated a little bit depending on the terrain of the course, but I still felt comfortable up to 13 miles when it felt as though it was time to push a bit harder.
After a climb up to about 14.5 miles, it was a pleasant run down to the finish (via the 180 degree turn mentioned by RFJ) and came over the line with about 1:44:20 on the clock which equates to 6:57 pace so surprised and rather pleased with that, together with a top 10 (9th) finish in the 15 mile race.
Rather more curiously, the results on the screen in the refreshments area had my time down as 1:41:20 but I'm pretty sure that that's not correct so have notified the organisers accordingly.
Time for a quick massage (a mere £5 for 10 minutes) then back out onto the course to see Mrs L come in 4 mins quicker than she'd done last year so happy days all round.
Not sure what this means in terms of London - I'm determined to run it without a watch, enjoy it and see how things turn out, but I'd be pretty disappointed if I didn't end up with a sub 3:15.
Back to Comrades training for the next couple of weeks, then an off-road 10K (one of the Club Grand Prix races) the weekend before London.