Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:41
Well, I thought 90 mins was optimistic, and so it turned out to be. I came in at just over 92 min (again!).
Warm day, but no wind, so reasonably good conditions. I started out (as planned) a little behind the 90 min pacer, and stayed a few yards behind through the first few miles, the idea being to be slightly behind 90 min pace, then see if I had the legs to push on in the second half. I didn't! First half was 45:17, second half nearly 47 minutes.
I felt very comfortable miles 1-5, 6-9 were slightly tough but I was still averaging 6:56 pace. But then I dropped in a 7:24 (worst) for mile 10 as my lack of stamina began to really tell.
Lessons learnt: more miles in the bank needed. This year I have averaged 30 miles a week, with a recent burst of four 40+ weeks. My PB of just over 90 mins came when I had had 3 months of 35-40 mile weeks. I think that is the difference.